Help Musicians Support
I am very happy to announce that I have received the Help Musicians Transmission Fund Award! I’m in the process of writing new music and this support could not be more appreciated and helpful at this time. A BIG THANK YOU to Help Musicians for believing in my music and giving me this opportunity!
Brand new original music coming soon!
We recorded live this duet version of the song “Pure Imagination” around this time of the year last year.
Matthew Kilner on tenor sax
Maria Grapsa on piano
Very special thanks to our sound engineer Niccolo Conti, videographer Gareth Howell Videography and his assistant for this session Joe Kessel.
I hope you all enjoy this festive period and you keep dreaming for whatever you wish to dream for.
Happy holidays to all!
Impasto Project Live at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
I was thrilled to participate in Rebekkah Lycett’s major project ‘IMPASTO- A musician’s sketchbook’.
Eucalyptus Trees by Olivia Murphy: I. Light Green II. Darker III. Blue IV. Lighter V. Ripples VI. Red
Creative Director and original artwork: Rebekkah Lycett
Evening Live Artist: Fawn Clements
Synesthete: Joseph Spinoza
Videography: Gareth Howell and Brandon Wall
Nearness of you – piano session in isolation
Got a bit romantic whilst in quarantine.
Here’s my piano cover of “the nearness of you”, dedicated to everyone not lucky enough to spend these isolated days with their beloved ones.
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It’s not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me
Oh no, it’s just the nearness of you
It isn’t your sweet conversation
That brings this sensation
Oh no, it’s just the nearness of you
When you’re in my arms
And I feel you so close to me
All my wildest dreams come true
I need no soft lights to enchant me
If you‘ll only grant me
The right to hold you ever so tight
And to feel in the night
The nearness of you
‘Dialogue In’- New Project kicks off
I’ve created the new project ‘Dialogue in’ , a series of live studio recordings full of improvisation, spontaneity and musical dialogues. This project attempts to talk about the importance of being in the moment, present with ourselves and each other, communicating in a genuine way whilst creating music. With the cross-disciplinary project, I am hoping to open a dialogue in between artists, musicians of all kinds and audience. The live videos and audio recordings will be available across all online platforms. I will be posting a new video every week on Sundays.
The first video features Louis, Matthew and me. We walked in the recording studio and we were discussing what to play and record. This ‘Dialogue In’ project of mine came “out of nowhere” so we went for that jazz standard.
This is the first time we are playing all together, the three of us. We took the time to meet each other musically and connect in a special way. This is why we love improvising. The music allows us to have a free, genuine and respectful dialogue in between us.
Sound Engineer: Niccolo Conti
Videographer: Gareth Howell
Musicians: Matthew Kilner (tenor sax), Louis Stringer (d. bass), M. Grapsa (piano)
Performing the jazz standard and popular song “Out of nowhere”, composed by Johnny Green, first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1931. Green dedicated this song to his first wife Carol who persuaded him to abandon his financial career in order to pursue his musical career.
Colectiva- Alternative Act Winners- LUKAS Awards 2019
Colectiva – Alternative Act of the Year
Comprised of some of London’s most exciting female musicians, this all-girl Latin band explores the spaces between Afro-Latin music and Jazz while reflecting on themes of sisterhood and female empowerment. Their sound has resonated with audiences all over London in its short life and also got the thumbs up from the judges.
Shunaji In The Round
Shooting Shunaji’s single ‘Perfect like Venus’ live at 02 Forum Kentish Town.
Shunaji: vocals, original composition
Tash Keary: Drumkit
John Wright: electric bass
Maria Grapsa: keyboard
Colectiva Review- Wilderness Festival
Colectiva was live at Wilderness Festival. Check out the review and photos of the event on the link below.