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Joost moved to Leeds in 2005 to study jazz at Leeds College of Music and graduated in 2008 with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree. During his time at the college he became involved with Leeds Improvised Music Association (LIMA) and has performed alongside many of the collective's musicians - most notably with bassist Dave Kane, and pianist, Matthew Bourne, in Dave Kane's Rabbit Project. Since leaving college, Joost has appeare
d on radio several times both here on the BBC and abroad, worked on several jazz, pop and world music sessions, performed at some of the UK' biggest festivals such as Glastonbury and the Big Chill, and collaborated on many arts commissions such as recording for TV and Film and providing the soundtrack for the West Yorkshire Playhouse's “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” production. Joost can regularly be found gigging with a wide variety of different bands and projects up and down the country such as Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Shatner's Bassoon, Eh Joe, Kefaya and Omnivore to name just a few.

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Adam founded the Threads Orchestra for a commission for the Liverpool European Capital of Culture ’08 festivities. Since then, he has successfully produced the groups two critically acclaimed albums, organised numerous tours and concerts, as well as driving the educational side of their work with projects throughout the UK. He has also secured funding from the PRS and an endorsement of DPA Microphones.

Adam has worked with orchestras such as Opera North, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata and has recorded and toured with Sting, Corrine Bailey-Rae, Stuart McCallum, Jon Surman, Snake Davis, HarmonieBand, and appeared in ‘Brideshead Revisited’ starring Emma Thompson. 

Recently he has been working with BBC Young Generation Artist Saxophonist Trish Clowes with the Tangent String Quartet led by Thomas Gould appearing in the London
Jazz Festival, the Sage Gateshead, and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Julian is a member of the BBC Philharmonic. He relishes the exciting and ongoing musical journey of exploring different styles of violin-playing, having performed jazz, rock, folk and other world music as well as the standard classical fare. He has featured as a jazz artist on Radio 2, and is usually selected to attempt dangerous fiddle stunts such as electric violin, jazzy solos and folk pastiches when the BBC Philharmonic repertoire demands it. Julian has recently been leading the BBC Philharmonic in Damon Albarn’s critically acclaimed opera ‘Dr. Dee’ in the Manchester International Festival.


Rus Pearson was born in Wolverhampton in 1981. After studying in Leeds and Paris he has performed and recorded around the globe with Dave Liebman, Marc Ducret, Franck Vigroux, Bob Mintzer, Soweto Kinch, The Ballet Boyz, Joanna MacGregor, Ken Vandermark and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. 

Rus currently divides his performance schedule between improvised, new music, multimedia and cross collaboration projects.He is also active in music education,

teaching both Double Bass and Composition. Rus was recently appointed as Wigmore Hall’s Trainee Animateur for 2010/11.


Pianist/composer Kit Downes exploded onto the British Jazz Scene playing with the band Empirical, taking him through Europe and America, and then with Troyka, Stan Sulzmann, Fraud and Acoustic Ladyland. He then went on to win

the BBC Jazz Award for Rising Star

in 2008, a Yamaha Scholorship

in 2009 and a British Jazz Award

in 2010. After Empirical, Kit moved on to his own trio project and his debut album saw him develop into a strong voice both as a performer and composer.  The Kit Downes trio was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2010 and their latest album ‘Quiet Tiger’ is in the Jazzwise

top ten albums

of 2011.


Chris Montague graduated with distinction from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music jazz course, where he was awarded the John Baker prize. As a musician Chris has performed at various places including; the Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Bath International Guitar Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, 606 and other venues and festivals.

He is currently based in London writing and performing with his trio ‘Troyka’. ‘Guitarist Montague is fast emerging as one of the most imaginatively skilled young axesmith’s on the London scene, standing out from the increasing talented six-stringers with his own angular yet melodic style, and some serious virtuosity.’ Jazzwise Magazine – July 2008


Semay Wu studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Whilst there she developed an interest in composition, improvisation, recording and collaborative performances between live mixed media arts. She has worked a
longside an inspired set of musicians in concerts, tours and festivals in the UK – Main Stage at Glastonbury(!), Europe, USA, Canada and China. These include Homelife, The Earlies, Mayming, and the Lotus Pedals.

Recently, she has worked on compositions and improvisations for theatre companies Forkbeard Fantasy, Punch Drunk and Theatre Alibi and in dance with the Strati Project in Leeds, Darren Johnston, Fukiko Takase and the Takako Takase Dance Gallery in Tokyo, Laila Diallo - associate artist of the ROH2 at Royal Opera House, and Jules Maxwell in 'Hold Everything Dear' 2012 and has just written a new piece for Mbulelo Ndabeni in Rambert Dance Company's New Season of Choreography that was shown on the 31st May 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. 



Currently studying on the Royal Academy of Music Jazz course, Ralph has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s and the 606. He held the position of principal percussionist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, which led to concerts broadcast live on BBC radio and television.

Ralph, who was named in Jazzwise Magazine’s “Who to Look Out For in 2012”, has also played alongside leading jazz exponents such as Kenny Wheeler, Gerard Prescencer and John Paricelli.  As well as UK appearances, he has toured China, Brazil, and Europe. “…vibraphone player Ralph Wyld stood out for his rhythmic accuracy and panache…” Financial Times, January 2012