London based, Warriors International’s debut in Colwyn Bay for Action for Arts’ exclusive new music and arts club ‘Upstairs @ The Station’. Featuring a collaboration of vocals, rhythms, looping, beatboxing and spoken word performances from some of Wales and London’s finest. Old skool flava, thought provoking meanderings, combined with Warrior’s free improv and contemporary electronic mash ups. This event is part of the Vocal Rumble project for Colwyn Bay, supported by Arts Council Wales. A must see event, at this new initmate venue.
Tickets: £4 adv – £5 otd – £3 for Students/Unwaged with ID
14+ permitted with an accompanying adult until 9pm
E-tickets from: www.actionforarts.org.uk
Martin Daws – http://www.martindaws.com/
Cleveland Watkiss – http://
Sophie McKeand – http://
Mr Phormula – http://www.mrphormula.com/
The Station offers superb quality food and real ale.
Cleveland Watkiss & Randolph Matthews
3-7 Delancey St
£10 online / £12 on the door
+ Booking fee
Vocal Rumbles – A unique collaboration between artists Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss. This performance battle brings together two heavyweight vocal voyagers. In the blue corner: Cleveland ‘Thunderbolt’ Watkiss, London Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year, who’s worked with Bob Dylan and The Who. In the red corner: Randolph ‘Hurricane’ Matthews, revolutionary combiner of jazz, blues and folk, who’s worked with Plan B and Grace Jones. Watch as the artists skillfully interact with the ringside choirs – this promises to be a match-up to remember.
What happens if you cross Bobby Mcferrin, Youssou n’ dour and Seal with a Vocal percussionist? Meet vocal voyager Randolph Matthews.
If you’ve caught Randolph live, or his music you’ll understand Randolph Matthews operates in his own parallel world, well away from traditional mainstream record label marketing formulae. His music is an evolving journey, rooted in purity and unshackled blues and soul expression, drawing from the greats of Youssou n’dour, Seal and Bobby McFerrin Randolph reflects on when it started I fell in love with music when I was seven years old, with two tape recorders in my bedroom. My mum loved singing while cooking down stairs, so I learnt to layer up voices and beats upstairs which, over time, got a bit lost during my teens. At 21, I left work as a telecommunication engineer to follow my heart and passion and pursue music as a career, re-kindling the layering voices I had learnt as a kid”
This early music schooling evolved in to Randolph soaking up London’s burgeoning late-‘80s soul-jazz and blues scene, including regular trips to Norman Jay’s feted sessions at Hoxton’s Bass Clef. A career in music soon followed. He started out as a percussionist before finding his true vocation as a talented live vocalist, performer and lyricist. By the 1990s he was performing and leading backing vocals for the likes of US soul / boogie legend Don Blackman, recording with Arthur Baker on tracks for Brooklyn’s soul legend, Will Downing.
After and extensive period of collaboration Randolph went solo in 2006 to exercise the sounds he was still hearing he need to get out and it wasn’t long before the year saw Matthews sign his first record contract and release his debut “I Love” with Documented. An aurally delicious blend of emotive words, chants inspired by progressive beats, produced by Tony Nwachuku (CDR/NEPA) and raw melodies, it was a promising experiment, for turning vocal emotions into something tangible. “ I felt so vulnerable creating this, but it was the right type of pain that comes with singing out what you feel is real to you “It gained a loyal following, being picked up by Vocab Dance Company performing his single Canvas in there sold out Kwenda Kwenda tour and collaborations with German producers Seasons and Sygaire (Sonar Kolletiv), and release of track Open to Love by Radio 1 tastemaker Giles Peterson’s for his double boogie compilation “In Da House”
Randolph took his time to listen to inspirational soloist such Keith Jarrett, Pat Methney and Bobby Mcferrin before his next release in 2011 of co produced world beat album Precious. Tracks reflect intimate and expansive delivery that oozes through the songs layers with unique twists and turns of ethnic beat box. Combinations of unusual arrangements in 3 Peckham Lane, hypnotic hang drum playing in Rise and sensitive production touches throughout come courtesy of dub /electronica producer Seb Taylor (Kaya project interchill records).
Randolph’s unique blend of Jazz, soul and ethnic beatbox has him following his love for interactive performance around the globe with a string of established artist in the last few years such as Plan B, Grace Jones, Shlomo, (Edinburgh fringe tour) The Soil and world/ jazz bass player Richard Bona plus regular performance for the London Jazz festival and Ronnie Scotts Jazz audiences. His recent collaboration with Young voices choir took Randolph with 6,000 children up and down England from Manchester arena to the Royal Albert Hall performing to more than 500,000 people over two years alongside Alexandra burke, Beverley Knight and Irish folk singers The High Kings.” I love performing and use it as an opportunity to reject the predictable boundaries of vocal expression and get to the heart of what moves us in a performance space its just mind-blowing!
2015 Randolph goes back to his roots of blues music in an evolving journey, drawing from the greats of Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and accolade artists that have made blues their own. Randolph reflects on when it started” I fell in love with blues music when I was 21 years old. I was renting a room with a guitarist who was heavily into Hendrix – Things were heavy for me at this time so listening to Muddy Waters and R and B singers like ray Charles and Sam Cooke really lifted me. Randolph is currently touring Europe with his Randolph Sings the Blues band featuring Pablo Leoni on drums and multi intrumentalist Alessandro diaferio on guitar.
“If you get a chance to see him, grab it with both hands. You will come away With a huge grin, inspired & uplifted” – Jumoké Fashola BBC London 94.9fm
Y.M.V. is a trio like no other trio.
Y.M.V. is electro-visual-acoustic dub, jazz, documentary and groove.
Y.M.V. is past, present, future and truth.
Y.M.V. is improvisation, innovation and provocation.
Y.M.V. is vocalist and human orchestra Cleveland Watkiss, multi-instrumentalist & audio sculptor Orphy Robinson and audio-visual artist & percussionist Derek Richards, aka Rizomorph. Together they paint a multimedia narrative that responds to the moment. Virtuosity and technological creativity combine in a gig like no other gig, a screening like no other screening, and it’s never the same twice. Catch the debut on March 12th 2014. After that you’ll never want to miss an episode.
Cleveland Watkiss – vocals, vocal fx, piano and samples
Orphy Robinson – xylosynth, keys, samples, audio FX (and any other instrument he might pick up!)
Rizomorph – visuals, AV samples and percussion
Cleveland Watkiss Virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer Cleveland Watkiss was one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band. His amazing vocal experiences have seen him perform with many diverse artists from around the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz At The Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Sly & Robbie, The Who, Bob Dylan, Goldie, Courtney Pine, the James Taylor Quartet, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Nigel Kennedy, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker and many more. Cleveland is three times winner of Best Vocalist in the Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards, was voted best ‘Best Male Jazz Singer in Britain’ in the Evening Standard and in 2010 won the Best Vocalist award in the London Jazz Awards. Cleveland is also a keen music educator, working as a voice instructor for Singup, with workshops in venues/schools, colleges and universities around the UK. Recently he was cast in the starring roles in Julian Joseph’s and Mike Phillips’ ground-breaking jazz operas ‘Bridgetower’ and ‘Shadowball’ to considerable acclaim. Cleveland is currently touring with ‘VocalSuite’, a solo voice performance, and his quartet ’Song Diasporas’, accompanied by Ernesto Simpson (drums) Larry Bartley (bass), and Jonathan Gee (Piano).
Orphy Robinson is an award-winning Vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist, an acclaimed soloist who consistently works across a variety of eclectic musical forms including jazz, free improv, jazz fusion, and funk music. Orphy, an in demand and versatile composer, has written music for television, film, theatre, opera and contemporary classical music. He released two critically acclaimed solo albums on the famous Blue Note label in the 1990s, ‘When Tomorrow Comes’ and ‘The Vibes Describes’. He has also toured or appeared with many artists including David Murray, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Louis Moholo, Nana Vasconcelos, Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker, Butch Morris, Springheel Jack, Sunny Murray, Neneh Cherry, Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt. Audiences discovered his playing while he played with saxophonist Courtney Pine in the 1980s big band Jazz Warriors. Orphy was also an original member of the Brit Funk Band Savanna. Since 2009 Orphy has been featured soloist on Marimba/Vibraphone with the Virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy. Performing extensive repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach & Duke Ellington and Vivaldi. Orphy is currently touring with ‘Black Top’ a new collaboration with Pianist Pat Thomas, featuring special guest artist Saxophonist Steve Williamson.
Derek Richards, aka Rizomorph.
Derek Richards is a media artist, musician, producer and social entrepreneur. As a musician he’s played percussion for Courtney Pine, Tunde Jegede, Odyssey and Cleveland Watkiss among others. He’s composed music and sound design for film and radio drama and in theatre composed/directed music and delivered sound, set and video design for the Bristol Old Vic, The Royal National Theatre, the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Talawa, Union Dance Company, Raphael Bonachela and more. Derek has been cited in key cultural publications, including Routledge’s ‘Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture’, as a ‘digital pioneer’ having produced the first ever live events to allow artists to collaborate in real time from stages in separate venues across the globe. He pioneered VJing in the 90s and his interactive and digital artworks have been exhibited in major cities on every continent. He’s the recipient of 11 awards including a BAFTA, 2 BIMA awards, a Music Industry Association award and a New Media Age award. As an educator and social entrepreneur, Derek has been the director of leading film production company and community/youth development social enterprise, Hi8us and has worked with the world famous Brazilian cultural NGO AfroReggae.