VLADIMIR MILLER – Pianist/composer
Vladimir was born into a Russian émigré family in Chile and grew up in Germany & London. After studying piano & flute at Trent Park University in London, he began forming music projects & writing his own material, becoming involved with the London improvisation scene. Between 1992 & 1995 he travelled in the former Soviet Union, performing as a soloist in both Russia & Siberia, and working with Russian musicians.
Two further visits to Russia followed, sponsored by The British Council; one with multi-instrumentalist Paul Moss, and the other with drummer & percussionist Ken Hyder. The latter included workshops for music college students and theatre groups in Siberian cities, Moscow and Tuva. Throughout this time Vladimir became composer & director of ‘ Moscow Composer’s Orchestra’, touring and performing at many European contemporary music festivals in Italy, Austria, Finland, Germany and Russia. to critical acclaim.
Vladimir has many recording projects with ASC, Leo and Longarms record labels, recording his compositions and interpretations of, for example, Moussorgsky’s ‘Pictures From An Exhibition’ and also in collaboration with internationally acclaimed singer Sainkho Namchulak and with the celebrated jazz artist, Steve Lacy.
Vladimir has written compositions that have been performed at contemporary music festivals and on radio including Berlin jazz festival, Potsdam contemporary music festival and ‘Unsung music festival, London that was recorded for BBC radio 3. In these groups he has toured with the ‘Vladimir Trio’, in Japan and Russia, with ‘The Tsars Componants’ in the UK and with the ‘Descendants’ in UK and the Baltic States.
He presently works with singer Helen McDonald in the ‘Descendants’ and has his own jazz quartet, ‘The Vlad Miller Quartet and Notes from Underground’, developing his strong connection to 20th century composition fused with Eastern European and Russian folk roots.
Vladimir has composed music for short films and played improvisation to silent film.
“Miller…avoids flamboyance, buliding solos through sure and steady accumulation, gravity in the harmonies, tenderness in the touch” .
(Julian Cowley.The Wire magazine ).
“Using…left-hand vamps of a Mal Waldron and…forceful atonal right hand jabs of Cecil Taylor, Miller is both rooted and free…”
(Fred Grand. Jazz Review ).
“The solos he plays on originals such as ‘Between Two Storms’ are expressive and fleeced with a composer’s instinct for form”.
(John L Walters. The Guardian ).
Millers’ strong melodic lines and stabbing, darting flurries of notes all suggest an original talent.
(Duncan Heining, Jazzwise magazine)
Miller tries out a two-handed, quasi-Swing style replete with strummed chords and doubled overtones, then builds up Chopinesque patterns of uneven note clusters.
(Ken Waxman Jazz Weekly magazine, Canada)
Leslee Booth became a professional musician in 1982 after studying at The Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. The Madras-born bassist’s subtle Indian nuances have lent support to some of the best American jazz names such as the legendary singer Billy Eckstine, with whom he toured extentively in the British Isles. He has also collaborated with Gloria Gaynor, Freda Payne, George Williams and Beatrice Reading. He currently plays a six-string contra-bass. He is also a important member of the guitar based Branco Stoysin Trio, who perform regularly on the British jazz circuit scene.
David Rohoman was born in Guyana, South America. Disabled at birth, he took up drums to exercise his legs. On moving to London he began playing in various rock bands where he was spotted by Ian Dury, who persuaded him to join The Kilburns. It was the jazz played by them, in particular by sax player David Payne, which led David to explore jazz improvisation. Ever since he has remained on the jazz circuit, performing with some of Britain’s finest musicians including Jim Mullen, Dave Newton, Django Bates and Mornington Locket.
Adrian Northover has toured extensively in Europe and North America, with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers and Sonic Phonics (with Billy Bang). Recent CD releases include Crimeways, by The Remote Viewers with John Edwards and Mark Sanders, and a number of duo CDs with Adam Bohman, as The Custodians. As well as solo saxophone performances, Adrian can currently be heard playing on the London club scene with a wide range of musicians, including John Edwards and Steve Noble in ‘Hard Evidence’ a trio playing the music of Thelonious Monk, The London Improvisers Orchestra, and Trip-Tik (with Catherine Pluygers and Adam Bohman). Adrian also works with Harvir Sahota (tabla) and Tasos Stamou in Jazz-Thali, playing Indo-Greek Jazz fusion.