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 Saunders, Chris 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.
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 Kennedy, Carleen Anderson, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, Joss Stone, Robert Plant, Robert Wyatt, Hugh 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