Maria Grapsa Sextet
Piano song, improvisation and modern jazz writing are the means that Maria Grapsa portrays her journey through the interior. As a classically trained, explorative jazz musician, she empowers her sextet to flow free form through original compositions; steam hard in tenor jazz and intricate, emotionally-charged cinematic ballads. Maria’s Greek roots and folk, middle-East, Latin influences, all meet the jazz tradition in a unique way.
Each performance unites a band at the edge of unfolding discoveries and projects shapes that are round and together – as a unit they defy dynamics from pin drop knife edge solo performances from the horns to roars from the rhythm section.
UK band features Becca Wilkins (vocals), Matthew Kilner (tenor saxophone), Liam Brennan (alto saxophone), Kai Chareunsy (drums), Tommy Fuller (double bass), Maria Grapsa (piano, compositions & arrangements) – the group is already making an impact in prestigious venues such as Southbank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Pizza Express Live Soho. Watch out for the album landing autumn 2023.