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Formed in early 2016,  SEED Ensemble is a Mercury Award nominated ten-piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi.

The band presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians including tuba player Theon Cross (Sons of Kemet), trumpeter Sheila-Maurice-Grey (Kokoroko) and guitarist Shirley Tetteh (Maisha). Combining jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, SEED explores a blend of genres through original compositions and improvisation. 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.


Bookings: Sinan Ors (sinan@atc-live.com)


…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