Phil Meadows Project
‘The versatile and likeable Meadows is one of the most promising emerging jazz talents that we have’ - The JazzMann
The Phil Meadows Project continues the journey for his multi-award winning music. Combining jazz elements with ambient-electronica, classical and contemporary music Meadows has established himself as one of the most distinctive, creative and talented young musicians in the UK. This original music showcases an important wave of British talent performing extensively across UK and venturing into mainland Europe.
With two studio albums behind him plans are afoot to record his third album in 2017. Exploring new musical relationships and fresh influences soaring melodies combine with head-nodding grooves, atmospheric soundscapes and intricate interplay as he tips influence towards Go-Go Penguin, Portico Quartet, Bill Laurance, Donny McCaslin and Tigran. At just 27 years of age Meadows is sharing stages with international piano trio Phronesis, electronic music legend Matthew Herbert, NYC's leading lady of jazz trumpet Ingrid Jensen and former Amy Winehouse MD Femi Temowo. Performance highlights for Meadows include sold-out shows at Ronnie Scott's, commissions to work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead and performances across Belgium and Holland.
Join us as Meadows brings his brand new music to UK/European stages, taking audiences on a journey through the life of a twenty-something at a time of political and economical uncertainty.
UK Touring Autumn 2017.
Booking UK/EU dates for Spring/Summer 2018.
March 17 - OPEK, Leuven (Belgium)
March 17 - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London (UK)
November 16 - EFG London Jazz Festival (UK)
November 16 - THSH Jazzlines, Birmingham (UK)
'A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style.' Jazzwise
★★★★ The Guardian, Jazzwise, All About Jazz
Press and Awards
B -Jazz International Contest - Finalist 2017
London Music Awards 'Rising Jazz Star' 2015
Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of the Year 2014
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Winner 2013
European Keep an Eye Contest - Finalist 2010
Orchestration, Conducting & Composition
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.
Throughout 2017/18 Meadows is conducting Dave Maric's Decade Zero, a collaboration between international jazz piano trio Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra. As a co-commission, the show is heading to Cheltenham, Manchester and London Jazz Festivals including a premiere broadcast for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Now.
Other recent highlights include a commission from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival to orchestrate his Lifecycles project for a 60 piece collaboration between the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jambone Big Band for performance in Sage Gateshead's Hall One.
In 2016, Meadows was also commissioned by Apollo Jazz Network to orchestrate, conduct and develop a project around the music of Ingrid Jensen (One of NYC's finest trumpeters). The project premiered at a sold-out Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, receiving four-star reviews from The Guardian.
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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).
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.
Phil Meadows Project - 'Trashlantis'
Live at Sofar Sounds (London, UK)
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 and in 2017 he is competing in the final of the B-Jazz International Contest. 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. Meadows has also worked on many national television programmes including: The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and Stars in their Eyes backing artists like Robbie Williams and Little Mix.
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). In 2017 he is set to conduct Decade Zero, a new commission by Dave Maric for the internationally acclaimed piano trio Phronesis.
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.
Phil Meadows is an experienced educator offering sessions across a plethora of areas of study. As an assistant lecturer at the University of Kent and a musical director for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra's Academy programme Meadows is used to working with musicians of all ages to achieve their goals. He can also be seen as a core-faculty member on the Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School and has lead large-scale educational projects with Trinity Laban, Sage Gateshead's YMP and the Engines Orchestra as well as running workshops for Music For Youth, Leeds College of Music and teacher training sessions for Buckinghamshire LMT. Meadows offers one-to-one sessions in London and globally via Skype. He is also available for workshops, as a consultant or for longer educational residencies and projects. Check out what Phil has to offer and feel free to get in touch if you want to know more.