Lifecycles - Engines Orchestra + Phil Meadows Group
Penned by Meadows and featuring the award-winning Engines Orchestra the Lifecycles suite explores a series of situations that we all experience. From the people we meet, love and lose to the moments that define our headspace, alter our moral compass and leave us beautifully confused as we choose our pathways through life.
Featuring a twenty-six piece Engines Orchestra with soloists Alice Zawadzki (violin/vocals), Emily Davis (violin), Gregor Riddell (cello), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (piano), Tori Handsley (harp), Conor Chaplin (basses) and Simon Roth (drums). Produced by Tim Garland and Alex J Watson at Angel Studios for the Engines Imprint in 2014.
Special thanks goes to Help Musicians UK for the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, Arts Council England and our crowdfunding pledgers for their support.
Engines of Creation - Phil Meadows Group
Engines of Creation
Engines of Creation explores a series of stories from Meadows' musical upbringing. Tales of bar-room-brawls, space-aged advice and quirky personalities the record features Laura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (piano/rhodes), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Simon Roth (drums). Produced by Alex J Watson for Boom Better Records in 2013.
Live at Jazz Re:Freshed (London, UK)
Phil Meadows Solo 'Improvisation #1'
National Youth Jazz Orchestra 'Caravan' ft. Phil Meadows
Live at the 2012 BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall (London, UK)
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Phil Meadows is recognised as one of the UK’s most distinctive, creative and talented musicians. Living in London his music is inspired by global sounds demonstrated by his passion for uniting and collaborating with musicians from all over the world. Currently Meadows performs across a multitude of genres from jazz and classical to hip-hop, electronica, contemporary music and more. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on saxophone, clarinet and flute as well as a prolific composer, orchestrator and conductor.
In his career so far Meadows has been awarded the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year, 2015 London Music Award for ‘Rising Jazz Star’, 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. In 2010 he was also a finalist in the European Keep an Eye Jazz Award as the only British representative in the final five. He was educated at the internationally renowned Chetham’s School of Music before being awarded a first class undergraduate degree and the George Murphy Prize for Saxophone at Leeds College of Music (2008-2011). He then went on to receive the Arches Scholarship to complete his study at postgraduate level at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2011-2012). Meadows also honed his craft through his role as lead alto in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra between 2011-2014.
With two UK tours and two studio albums to date in his own name Meadows’ touring ensemble have been dubbed ‘future jazz gods on the rise’ by TimeOut and ‘a collection of rising stars on the British jazz scene’ by BBC Radio 3 receiving widespread acclaim and radio coverage across BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and JazzFM. He currently performs with the self-titled Phil Meadows Project, electronic-dance trio Skint, the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra and is exploring the music of Scriabin with concert pianist Arsha Kaviani alongside his active role as founder and artistic director of the award winning charity the Engines Orchestra.
As a composer/conductor his commissions include a series of orchestrations to celebrate the music of NYC trumpeter Ingrid Jensen by Apollo Jazz Network’s Orpheus Project (performed at Ronnie Scott’s 2016), the orchestration of Meadows’ second album Lifecycles for the Royal Northern Sinfonia with Jambone Big Band by the Gateshead International Jazz Festival (performed at Sage Gateshead 2016) and the composition of the Lifecycles suite for the Engines Orchestra (premiered at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014).
Alongside his role as an assistant lecturer at the University of Kent, Phil Meadows is part of the educational team with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, a tutor on the Falmouth University-Yamaha Jazz Summer School and has ran educational projects both at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and in partnership with the Lancaster, London and Gateshead International Jazz Festivals. He also continues to programme and run educational activity with the Engines Orchestra.
Meadows is also proud to be endorsed by D’Addario Woodwind and Yanagisawa Saxophones.
For all enquiries please contact Phil at email@example.com
Phil Meadows Project
Rob Luft - Guitar, Flo Moore - Basses, Will Glaser - Drums.
'A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style.' Jazzwise
Launching in November 2016 the Phil Meadows Project continues the journey for his multi-award winning music having released two studio albums and toured the UK twice with his former group. Now recognised as one of the UK’s most distinctive, creative and talented young musicians his music is inspired by global sounds - combining jazz elements with classical, hip-hip, electronica, contemporary music and more. The Phil Meadows Project takes you on a journey through the life and world of the twenty-something generation.
★★★★ The Guardian, Jazzwise, All About Jazz
London Music Awards 'Rising Jazz Star' 2015
Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of the Year 2014
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Winner 2013
Joe Downard - Bass, Harry Pope - Drums
A new powerhouse trio bringing you their take on dance music from across the globe. Expect grooves that will wear out the sturdiest bottom of any hipsters sneaker.
Already featured on BBC Radio 3 we've been taking standing venues by storm including Rich Mix, Hootenanny's, Jazz Re:Freshed, Steez, The Ritzy, Jazz in the Round (London) and The Lescar (Sheffield).
Influences include: Afrobeat, House, Hip-Hop, Balkan, Drum and Bass, Funk, Grime.
An album is expected to drop soon!
ENgines Orchestra - Artistic Director
The Engines Orchestra (eO) makes sounds that defy conventions. Uniting London’s most adventurous classical, jazz, world and folk musicians we’re a community working closely with other artists to push the boundaries and develop audiences for groundbreaking, new music.
Large-scale collaborations, educational projects and artist development schemes surround our core values. We make music for thinking, dancing and purely enjoying; allowing everyone the opportunity to experience something fresh along the way. We work with composers from all genres, animators, filmmakers and dancers to create accessible ways into challenging environments… whilst never being afraid to let our hair down. We make creative music, together.
'Future jazz God's on the rise...' - TimeOut
2015 Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year
★★★★ The Guardian, Jazzwise, All About Jazz
Composition, Orchestration & Conducting
As a celebrated composer, orchestrator and conductor Meadows has been commissioned by several of the UK's leading ensembles and organisations including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Engines Orchestra and Apollo Jazz Network.
His recent work has commissioned Meadows to orchestrate and conduct the music of Ingrid Jensen (one of NYC's finest trumpeters) for a sold out show with Jensen at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Earlier this year he was also commissioned by the 2016 Gateshead International Jazz Festival he saw his hour-long Lifecycles suite come to life with a sixty-piece collaboration between the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jambone Big Band.
2016: Lifecycles (Suite) (re:arranged) – Royal Northern Sinfonia + Jambone Big Band. (Commissioned by the Gateshead International Jazz Festival).
2016: The Music of Ingrid Jensen – Engines Orchestra ft Ingrid Jensen. (Commissioned by Apollo Jazz Network).
2016: Marmalade – Jambone Big Band (Commissioned by the Gateshead International Jazz Festival).
2015: Freedom to Speak – 4 voices, 2 brass, 2 saxes, double bass. (Commissioned by Serious).
2015: Thrower – Phil Meadows Group. (Commissioned by David Warner).
2014: A Journey to Paris by Train – Phil Meadows Group (Commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival).
2014: Lifecycles (Suite) – Engines Orchestra + Phil Meadows Group. (Commissioned by Help Musicians UK).
2013: Engines of Creation (7 track album) – Phil Meadows Group. (Self Comissioned).
2010: Film Score: Top of the Range (Commissioned by Paul Bassingthwaite and Belly Production).