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Last Monday CMF’s Business Mentoring partners BNY Mellon hosted us for a welcoming event to meet the new 2016 CMF Artists and mentors.

The spectacular views from the BNY Mellon office were the perfect backdrop for the event which began with a professional development workshop on key aspects of a professional musicians life including networking, the beginning of which you can see below.

The evening also featured a musical programme showcasing three of our new artists; Ligeti Quartet, oboist Hannah Morgan and pianist Mihai Ritivoiu as well as accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, a 2015 CMF Artist.

Hannah opened the programme with a wonderful solo piece evoking a flag blowing in the wind, following that she performed Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana with Mihai. Mihai performed a rendition of Chopin’s Waltz Op 42 in A flat major, after which Ligeti Quartet played the unique and very interesting Christian Mason piece Eki Attar from Tuvan Songbook. To finish off the musical programme, Bartosz Glowacki captivated us with Piazzolla’s Adio Nonino.

The drinks and canapes flowed after the music programme after which we previewed CMF Artist Andrey Lebedev’s upcoming video featuring Leo Brouwer’s ‘Danza de los Ancestros’, from Danzas Rituales y Festivas Vol. 2, premiered by Andrey at Wigmore Hall May 2015.

Take a look through the gallery of our evening below!

The month of November has some very exciting things in store for our jazz CMF Artists! They have an EP launc and the recording of a new album and lots of gigs at the EFG London Jazz Festival.


City Music Foundation, Dutch Hall, 6 October 2016

New 2016 CMF Artists Nérija will be launching their new EP, funded by their Kickstarter campaign. They recorded it earlier this year, you can see their journal video of their recording at The Henwood Studios in Oxford below:

Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Hi-life. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical, pianist Zoe Rahman, and supporting Jazz Jamaica at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

They will be launching their EP on Thursday 17th November 2016, 6pm-7pm at Foyles to hear from this group of talented musicians.


City Music Foundation, Dutch Hall, 6 October 2016Miguel Gorodi a new 2016 CMF Artist will be performing with his nonet Friday 18 November 2016, 8:30pm at Green Note 

Featuring some of the most sought-after members of the flourishing London jazz scene, the Migeul Gorodi Nonet plays music inspired by the likes of Steve Lehman, Thelonious Monk, Louis Andriessen, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Gérard Grisey and Stravinsky, whose influences are reflected in the form, texture, harmony and rhythm of Gorodi’s compositions. Rich and complex textures blend with deceptively simple melodic and rhythmic motifs, with some incredible improvising thrown in for good measure.

He’ll also be performing for JazzNewBloodALIVE in cooperation with I’klectik presents a selection of emerging young jazz players/bands showcasing their own ‘Voices’. The sets are a display of original jazz compositions infused with other vibrant and exciting sound/influences on Sunday 13th November at 4pm


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2014 CMF Artist Giacomo Smith will be performing with his band Kansas Smitty’s twice at the London Jazz Festival, with two performances.

The first one is in their own bar, Kansas Smitty’s in Hackney on Friday November 18th at 6pm.

They also have a second date in the London Jazz Festival with two performances one at 6pm at their own bar again on Saturday 19th November and the second one at Shoreditch in which they will be launching their new album!

Assembly Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall


City Music Foundation, Dutch Hall, 6 October 20162014 CMF Artist Misha Mullov-Abbado will be performing a lot over the London Jazz Festival.

On Saturday 12th November at 5pm with young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year winner, saxophonist Helena Kay performs and David Ingamells.

On Sunday 13th November on 1.30pm Misha will perform with Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. Winners of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, the 17-piece Patchwork Jazz Orchestra is a collective London-based ensemble dedicated to championing big band music in a contemporary setting. Originally put together to perform at the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival, the PJO features many of the brightest and most talented young performers and composers of their generation, including the likes of trombonists Kieran McLeod, Tom Green and Yusuf Narçin and saxophonists Matthew Herd, Sam Miles and Sam Rapley.

His final performance at EFG London Jazz Festival will be on Sunday 20th November at 7.30pm at Clapham Omnibus with Luftabbamic, a super-group comprising of internationally-renowned Rob Luft, Kenny Wheeler Prize winner Misha Mullov-Abbado and one of Europe’s busiest touring drummers Marc Michel.

Tom Millar

Jazz Piano

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Recorders

Richard Robbins

Tenor

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