Steve Reid Foundation // Announcing the new InNOVAtion award winners
November 25, 2016
The Steve Reid Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation, together with MODO, are announcing the four boundary pushing unsigned artists to be receiving the second round of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards.
This support will include cash bursaries from PRS for Music Foundation and Steve Reid Foundation, and vinyl manufactured by MODO. They will also benefit from invaluable support and mentorship from the Steve Reid Foundation trustees.
The five artists who will be receiving the creative development awards are:
Drummer Femi Koleoso is bandleader of award winning band Ezra Collective and MD for internationally acclaimed rapper Pharoahe Monch. He also plays with former Art Blakey messenger Jean Toussaint and many other names in jazz, hip hop and afrobeat.
After being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder at the end of a year of ongoing personal trauma, John Elliott, the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter behind The Little Unsaid, gradually returned to songwriting as a means of recovery. One year on, after a return to a relentless touring schedule, he was back in the studio with his band, working on songs that distilled this search for meaning in trauma into a new album. Recorded with Radiohead engineer Graeme Stewart and funded by fans using Pledge Music, Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras is due for release in 2017.
Nubya Garcia, 24, a saxophonist, has just graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. London born and raised, she began playing with the local Camden Music Service, before moving to the Royal Academy Junior Jazz course. Recently she has performed with Sister Sledge as part of the Women of the World Festival 2016, and is currently in the midst of writing for various ensembles whilst performing alongside a range of diverse bands.
Ola Szmidt is a singer-songwriter, musician, flautist and producer based in York. As a multi-faceted musician her work combines vocal and instrumental improvisations with live looping techniques, and self-produced electronics with sound art and song-writing. Ola’s music shifts between Scandinavian and Eastern folk traditions, whilst including soul, jazz, contemporary classical and ambient practices. She writes and sings in both English and her mother tongue, Polish.
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