Formed in early 2016, SEED Ensemble is a ten-piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi.
The project presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians including tuba player Theon Cross and tenor saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael. Combining jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, SEED explores a blend of genres through both original compositions and arrangements.
“This is what a jazz band should look like in 2016.” - Jez Nelson, Jazz in the Round 2016
" A most fantastic and colourful approach to this piece. So very well done and I'm extremely proud of you all. Big thanks " - Greg Osby
" The richness of the band’s melody, harmony and solo is something we can attest to and that got the crowd going. Band members cut across race and gender; and original compositions are inspired by the social issues of our times. So a night of music by the people for the people about the people? We like " - www.sqwzl.com
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// WE WILL BE RELEASING OUR FIRST ALBUM WITH JAZZ RE:FRESHED IN SPRING 2018 //
Bringing together a plethora of art-forms, Driftglass was a two-date collaborative concert series in 2017 that featured some of the most exciting young performers on the scene in London. An explosive evening full of original contemporary jazz, spoken-word and dance hosted at Dalston's Total Refreshment Centre.
DRIFTGLASS II, FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Yelfris Valdes - trumpet
Sheila Maurice-Grey - trumpet
Cassie Kinoshi - alto saxophone + compositions
Chelsea Carmichael - tenor saxophone + flute
Joe Bristow - trombone
Courtney Brown - bass trombone
Ashley Henry - keys
Tal Janes - guitar
Rio Kai - bass
Patrick Boyle - drums
XANA // Mr. Ekow // Cherise Adams-Burnett // Jasmine & Ajani (Dance) // Eric Lau (DJ Set)
FILM: Moses Ssebandeke