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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. Their debut release Driftglass (Jazz Re:freshed, 2019) features the track Afronaut (feat. XANA) which won the Ivors Academy Award 2018 (formerly known as BASCA, British Composer Award) for Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble.

…a wonderful reflection not simply of the best of London’s current improvisational music, but a strong perspective representing the city’s young Black creative class.” - Afropunk

“Cassie Kinoshi is a striking instrumentalist, a musician able to reinterpret material on the fly, while injecting brave new elements in the process…a stunning work, full of daring musicality and spiritual depth.” - The Clash

" 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

“…Driftglass is an untrammelled wrap-around delight.” All About Jazz

" 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

 

SEED ENSEMBLE - DRIFTGLASS (2019)

Released February 8, 2019, Jazz Re:freshed    PERSONNEL   Cassie Kinoshi – Alto Saxophone & Composer  Miguel Gorodi - Trumpet  Sheila Maurice – Grey – Trumpet  Chelsea Carmichael – Tenor Saxophone & Flute  Joe Bristow – Trombone  Theon Cross – Tuba  Joe Armon-Jones – Piano & Rhodes (WAKE (For Grenfell), Stargaze #1: KATIN, The Dreamkeeper, Interplanetary Migration)  Sarah Tandy – Piano & Rhodes (Stargaze #2: LAU, The Darkies, Mirrors, Afronaut)  Shirley Tetteh – Guitar  Rio Kai – Double Bass  Patrick Boyle – Drums   Lyrics by Langston Hughes (The Dreamkeeper, W A K E (for Grenfell)  Stargaze #1: LAU arr. of Eric Lau’s Earthing Out  Additional Vocals (W A K E (for Grenfell): Jason Yarde    GUESTS   XANA – poetry/spoken-word  Mr. Ekow – poetry/spoken word  Cherise Adams-Burnett – vocals   TRACKLISTING    The Darkies  07:24   Afronaut ft. XANA  08:31   Stargaze #1: KATIN  02:07   The Dream Keeper  07:11   W A K E (for Grenfell) feat. Cherise Adams-Burnett  09:15   Stargaze #2: LAU  02:11   Mirrors  07:45   Interplanetary Migration ft. Mr Ekow 07:12   ARTWORK  Sophie Bass  MIXED BY  Eric Lau  MASTERED BY  Matt Lorde

Released February 8, 2019, Jazz Re:freshed

PERSONNEL
Cassie Kinoshi – Alto Saxophone & Composer
Miguel Gorodi - Trumpet
Sheila Maurice – Grey – Trumpet
Chelsea Carmichael – Tenor Saxophone & Flute
Joe Bristow – Trombone
Theon Cross – Tuba
Joe Armon-Jones – Piano & Rhodes (WAKE (For Grenfell), Stargaze #1: KATIN, The Dreamkeeper, Interplanetary Migration)
Sarah Tandy – Piano & Rhodes (Stargaze #2: LAU, The Darkies, Mirrors, Afronaut)
Shirley Tetteh – Guitar
Rio Kai – Double Bass
Patrick Boyle – Drums

Lyrics by Langston Hughes (The Dreamkeeper, W A K E (for Grenfell)
Stargaze #1: LAU arr. of Eric Lau’s Earthing Out
Additional Vocals (W A K E (for Grenfell): Jason Yarde

GUESTS
XANA – poetry/spoken-word
Mr. Ekow – poetry/spoken word
Cherise Adams-Burnett – vocals

TRACKLISTING

The Darkies 07:24

Afronaut ft. XANA 08:31

Stargaze #1: KATIN 02:07

The Dream Keeper 07:11

W A K E (for Grenfell) feat. Cherise Adams-Burnett 09:15

Stargaze #2: LAU 02:11

Mirrors 07:45

Interplanetary Migration ft. Mr Ekow07:12

ARTWORK Sophie Bass MIXED BY Eric Lau MASTERED BY Matt Lorde