NYJX @ We Out Here

July 20, 2022

NYJX @ We Out Here Festival 2022


The NYJO Jazz Exchange (NYJX) is a distinctive dectet that brings together unique talent from across the UK. These emerging musicians unite to create fresh, original material for an eclectic mix of audiences, with a sound that translates to small intimate gigs and large summer music festivals alike.

When it comes to the latter, you’ll be able to catch them live at this years’ We Out Here festival alongside the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Kokoroko and The Comet is Coming. This is not one to miss!



Made up of some of the UK’s most promising and talented young musicians and composers, each member brings a unique edge to the ensemble. The group has grown together personally and musically during a tumultuous period for creatives around the world, and have been supported throughout by group mentor Orphy Robinson alongside Huw Warren, Adam SaundersChris Sharky and Dee Byrne.

NYJX’s performance at We Out Here will include a series of pieces each composed by a different member of the group; largely developed during, and influenced by, the nationwide lockdowns of 2020-21. Each piece highlights their unique approaches to composition and their ability to interpret, vibe and improvise to each other’s sound.

Expect an incredibly versatile set ranging from crunchy cello based riffs to wilding modular led fantasies, showcasing a fearless combination of brass, strings, reeds, drums, and electronica.


NYJX’s sax-supremo Emma Rawicz explores her composition “Vera”.


Orphy Robinson

Orphy is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist & educator. A specialist in tuned percussion, he is one of a select few musicians in the UK to have been signed to the legendary US Jazz record label Blue Note. With a career spanning more than 40 years, he has played on over 100 recordings and won numerous industry awards.

In 2015 Orphy received a top 12 placing in Downbeat Magazine’s ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’ Critics’ Poll. Orphy regularly performs with a diverse array of internationally acclaimed artists including Nigel KennedyCarleen AndersonWadada Leo SmithThurston MooreJoss StoneRobert PlantRobert WyattHugh Masekela, and many others.


NYJX – Don’t Warren (Live @ Total Refreshment Centre)


This is an exciting project that finds progressive professional opportunities for young creatives who may not identify with traditional music education routes. I have no doubt in my mind that I would have benefited enormously from a scheme like this as a young musician.

Orphy Robinson, MBE



Fergus Quill, Bass | Mischa Jardine, Cello/Vocals | Matthew Holmes, Drums | Emile Hinton, Piano/Keys | Coren Sithers, Sax | Emma Rawicz, Sax | Joshua Mellard, Synth | Nat Martin, Tenor Horn | Chloe Dickens, Violin/Vocals | Morgan Marshall, Violin

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Quote 1 (Jazzwise)

"NYJO has never been conformist, never hewing to one particular line, never known for fawning replications and very deliberately these days a vehicle for new possibilities."

Jazzwise Magazine

Quote 2 (Lucy-Anne)

“Since joining NYJO, I’m so much more confident as a performer. Especially in terms of being able to entertain and keep the crowd engaged with you. It’s really nice to be able to feel that difference.” 

Lucy-Anne, NYJO Singer

Quote 3 (Academy)

"I’ve felt very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing musicians, and I think that the environment at NYJO – which has fostered creativity and improvisation – has allowed my confidence and musical ideas to grow."

Briony, NYJO Student

Quote 4 (Emma)

"The JX programme has been hugely helpful to me so far, consistently pushing me to explore new areas of composition, playing and collaborating with others, in many different formats."

Emma Rawicz, NYJO Musician

Quote 5 (Sam)

"Giving them space to create whatever they wanted, without setting parameters of idiom or style helped them to conceptualise how they could bring these new concepts into their work without scaring them off, or mystifying the process."

Sam Eastmond, NYJO Educator (Animate project)

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