Jim Blomfield Trio – About

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Jim Blomfield (Piano/Keyboards), Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge (Bass) and Mark Whitlam (Drums) are three individual voices whose previous collaborations read like a who’s-who of the UK jazz scene. Having been together a number of years, the trio have developed an organic level of dynamic interplay in their interpretations of Jim’s original contemporary compositions. The music, at times delicate and atmospheric, at others intricate and intense, will engage the listener in a fascinating musical journey with lyrical and evocative melodies, driving rhythms, rich harmonies, adventurous solo and group improvisations and tight, complex ensemble writing. 
Following their release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Wave Forms and Sea Changes’ on Pig Records the trio have been composing and developing material for a second release incorporating additional electonica elements into their diverse set.
“For fans of current post-EST piano trio jazz who might be looking for that little bit extra from a now heavily subscribed format, Jim Blomfield could well be the answer” (Selwyn Harris – Jazzwise magazine) 

 

Biographies

Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge (bass)

Roshan Wijetunge, a.k.a. Tosh, is a British-born Sri-Lankan bass player and producer. Although he originally trained and worked as a mechanical engineer, he went on to take up double bass and studied at Taller de Musics in Barcelona before returning to the thriving Bristol music scene. A big fan of the open-ears open-mind approach to music, his experience covers a wide range of styles, including Jazz, Salsa, Flamenco, Folk, Drum and Bass, Country and Grime. He has performed, recorded and collaborated with a huge number of musicians, some you might even have heard of (but let’s face it, most you probably haven’t!)  Not content with being just a player, he is also a recording engineer and producer, his debut production being the Jim Blomfield Trio album Wave Forms and Sea Changes.

Mark Whitlam (drums)

Mark is a versatile drummer who is busy both as a live performer and recording musician based in the Southwest of England. He has worked with many of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, from the vanguard of the scene such as Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Dave Newton, John Critchinson and US saxophonist Benn Clatworthy through to the next wave of boundary pushers, including Mike Outram, Gareth Williams, Chris Biscoe, Alexander Hawkins, Nick Malcolm, Olie Brice and Get The Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie.

Jim Blomfield (piano)

A much in demand player, Jim has performed at numerous venues and festivals throughout the UK. As sideman, bands include long standing engagements with the Andy Hague Quintet and Kevin Figes Quartet with whom he has toured and recorded extensively. He has accompanied a firmament of national and international names – Andy Sheppard, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Simon Spillett, Ed Jones and US saxophonists Benn Clatworthy and Greg Abate to name but a few. As a composer and bandleader Jim has written eclectic music for a variety of ensembles – from quartet and septet to contemporary big band and jazz/classical collaborations with the Bristol Ensemble. His critically acclaimed 2013 album release ‘Wave Forms and Sea Changes‘ saw Jim compose for the more intimate setting of the piano trio, a format he has concentrated on for the last few years.©PiersAwdry (128 of 340)

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