The Miriam Ast Quintet is jazz singer and composer Miriam Ast´s main project. The band plays her original compositions merging folk music, free improvisation and melodic modern jazz. Her band members appreciate her writing which comes from a musical understanding and creativity deeply rooted in her saxophone studies. Miriam uses her voice in an instrumental way, being especially distinguished for her motivic and virtuosic improvisations.
The quintet´s key element are strong melodies played with a deep expression, sweeping solos, sections of collective improvisations and special attention to interaction and music-making in the moment! Featuring some of London´s most promising jazz musicians including Will Barry on piano, Will Harris on double bass, Corrie Dick on drums and James Copus on trumpet/fluegelhorn
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Miriam Ast Quintet
German jazz singer, Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist, Victor Gutierrez met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2015. They soon formed a duo in order to explore the jazz standard repertoire in a modern and original way as well as playing their original compositions. Core elements that define the duo are interactive playing, lush harmonies, emotional and virtuosic singing, rhythmic explorations and overall creative openness. In 2016, they played their first gig in London and since then, they have developed and promoted this project by expanding their repertoire, releasing some videos on youtube and recording a few tracks in the studio. They have just received the Best Vocalist prize at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2017 this May.
Here are some recordings of the duo.
The London Vocal Project (LVP) is a choir which is directed by the composer and arranger Pete Churchill and has had several remarkable projects and collaborations in the last few years e.g. with Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone.
At the moment the choir is working on the Miles Ahead Project in which it sings the vocal adaptations of the correspondent jazz album by Gil Evans. The American lyricist and jazz singer John Hendricks has contributed the lyrics for this unique project. Watch out to the premiere of ´Miles Ahead´ soon!
When Miriam Ast first participated in a Klezmer workshop with the world famous clarinetist Giora Feidman in Mainz in August 2013, her passion for Klezmer music arose.
Subsequently, she started working with the ensemble Klezmers Techter, went to Israel with them, and is featured on their lastest album.
They played a successful tour in Germany in October 2016 to critical acclaim! For detailed information on their next concerts go to gigs!
Miriam Ast and the Polish bassist Vitold Rek got to know each other a few years ago when Miriam as took part in Vitold ´s composers ensemble while she was a student at "Hochschule für Musik Mainz", Germany. Afterwards, Vitold asked her to play in a cathedral project with Peter Reiter on organ.
They also shared the stage at the "just music festival 2014" in Wiesbaden and the "Jazz institut" Darmstadt with two times echo Jazz awardee Sebastian Sternal on piano and the saxophone legend Gerd Dudek.
In February they played a concert at the German radio station SWR in Mainz with the project "Vitold Rek & Young Spirit" featuring students from Hochschule für Musik Mainz.