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Issie Barratt is an internationally active composer, arranger, conductor, baritone player, record producer and educator who has performed at a majority of leading venues in Northern Europe, south east India, central America and the east coast of Canada. She has been awarded many commissions from ensembles that include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band (Sweden), Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Voice of the North, Conservatoires UK Big Band and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, with her music often featuring international acclaimed soloists, frequently sharing the billing with fellow record label composers, Mike Gibbs and John Warren. Issie’s music has been featured in many festivals and conferences, including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s 2001 Rising Star series, the Leeds International Jazz Conferences 2002-2007, the International Association of Jazz Educators conference 2008 in Toronto, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010, Montreux Jazz Festival 2010 and the International Real-time Music Symposium 2011 in Oslo and recorded by the Delta Sax Quartet (“Dedicated to you but you weren’t listening”), Bohuslän Big Band (“Letter to Billie”) and Vortex Foundation Big Band (“Charybdis”) as well as her own 21-piece jazz orchestra ("Astral Pleasures") and contemporary quartet ("The Meinrad Iten Suite") both recorded on her own record label www.fuzzymoonrecords.co.uk (established in 2008)


Donna's Secret

Label: Fuzzy Moon Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Still Here; Donna’s Secret; Negomi; Samla Korna Med; Kulning; Palmyra; Spontaneous Symmetry; Caliban; Hope.


Article: Album Review

Issie Barratt's Interchange: Donna's Secret

Read "Donna's Secret" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Put simply, this is a truly beautiful record. It features eight very different compositions by eight different women composers, including three from outside the band. In other hands, the diversity of styles might have left more an impression of a compilation than of a coherent, integrated programme of music. But that is certainly not the case ...


Article: Profile

Issie Barratt: Every Solo Is A New Invitation

Read "Issie Barratt: Every Solo Is A New Invitation" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Issie Barratt is one of the most significant jazz educators in Britain today. From 1999-2004, Barratt was head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music but her role as Artistic Director of the National Youth Jazz Collective has been of even greater importance in developing young jazz talent. Now in its, thirteenth year, NYJC goes from ...


Article: What is Jazz?

BAN BAM: Talking Music

Read "BAN BAM: Talking Music" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Regular goers to jazz/improvised music gigs and festivals might have clocked the fact that those on stage tend to be predominantly male--a mirror, more often than not, of the make-up of the audience. Women instrumentalists are the exception rather than the norm. Though what exactly, we should perhaps ask ourselves when it comes to music and ...


Article: JazzLife UK

It's Our Generations

Read "It's Our Generations" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's been a strange summer here in the UK. To be fair, that description can be applied with no trace of irony to almost any British summer--and the summer of 2011 seems to have been a strange one for much of the world. But this is a JazzLife UK article, and parochial concerns are paramount, thus ...


Astral Pleasures

Label: Fuzzy Moon Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Eva Naim, Mega Supreme; Astral Pleasures; Hold Down The Moon; Brayards Road; Dublin Soundscape; Oodley Groove (the shorter).


Article: Album Review

Issie Barratt: Astral Pleasures

Read "Astral Pleasures" reviewed by Nic Jones

Composer/baritone saxophonist Issie Barratt's music is nothing if not distinctive. The balance it strikes between ensemble and soloists usually comes down on the side of the former. Soloists such as guitarist Mike Outram--whose work sometimes recalls Chris Spedding's in the early line-ups of trumpeter Ian Carr's band Nucleus--and saxophonist Mark Lockheart, however, ensure that there's enough ...


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