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Emerging London-based collective SEED Ensemble are pleased to announce the release of their long-awaited debut album 'Driftglass' released Feb 8th on the Jazz re:freshed label.
Formed in 2016, SEED Ensemble is a ten-piece project led by composer, arranger and alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi. Already a giant on the UK jazz scene, she's known for her work with jazz septet Nerija (Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017 Best Newomer) and afrobeat jazz group Kokoroko. A BMus Hons Composition graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, she is currently Mercury Musical Developments' and Musical Theatre Network's most recent Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme recipient.
Combinng jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, Cassie's Kinoshi's SEED Enesmble explores a blend of genres through both original compositions and arrangements.
Collaborators on this project include Theon Cross (tuba), Sheila Mauric-Grey (trumpet), Chelsea Charmichael (tenor saxophone) all brilliant up and coming young London jazz musicians and one of London's leading guitarists Shirley Tetteh
Compositions such as 'The Darkies' are a riposte to a resurgence of 1950's-style racism while 'WAKE (for Grenfell)' is dedicated to victims of a social schism
Kinoshi recently contributed to the BBC4 documentary 'Jazzology with Soweto Kinch'
Millie says: Emerging talent from the London jazz scene, SEED Ensemble demonstrates the blend of jazz and afrobeat perfectly. The ten-piece create arrangements which are powerful and filled with meaning, the song WAKE is dedicated to Grenfell victims making a note on social division. This way fellow jazz enthusiasts, SEED is what you need to listen to!
1. The Darkies
2. Afronaut (feat. XANA)
3. Stargaze #1: KATIN
4. The Dream Keeper (feat. Cherise Adams-Burnett)
5. WAKE (For Grenfell)
6. Stargaze #2: LAU
8. Interplanetary Migration (feat. Mr Ekow)