Helena Kay's KIM Trio

LONDON Barbican / FreeStage (Level G)
Silk Street


Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year winner, saxophonist Helena Kay performs with David Ingamells and Misha Mullov-Abbado.

Helena started playing alto saxophone when she was 11 years old and was introduced to jazz when her first teacher gave her a Charlie Parker CD. It was when she joined the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra that her love of jazz grew, as well as joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland when she was 16. A couple of years later she joined the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, who she's still playing with today. She recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons), where she studied with Malcolm Edmonstone, Martin Speake, Gareth Lockrane, Martin Hathaway and Christian Forshaw. She was also awarded the Anjool Maldé Prize for the highest jazz final recital mark this year. In 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition on tenor saxophone (an instrument-switch inspired by her love of Sonny Rollins). 

David was born in 1990 and started to play the drum kit at the age of seven. His teachers have included Trevor Tomkins, Ralph Salmins and Andrew Bain. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone. Whilst at the Guildhall David was part of the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and had the opportunity to play with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being involved in several projects featuring musicians such as Mike Gibbs and Nikki Iles. He graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 with a First Class Honours Bachelor’s degree and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors' Prize and the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship in the same year. 
He has performed at various jazz clubs in London, including Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club, in addition to concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has also performed in the Isle of Wight, Marlborough and Lillehammer (Norway) Jazz Festivals, as well as the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms.

Winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. He is a 2014 City of Music Foundation Artist and recently released his debut album New Ansonia consisting of all his own compositions performed by his quintet on Edition Records, which has been included in Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3 and been extremely well-received in newspapers and magazines across Europe. As an experienced band-leader but also a versatile sideman Misha has performed at many of London’s top venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606 Club, PizzaExpress and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room (as part of BBC Proms), as well as venues in the rest of the UK and Europe. Having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition Misha is an experienced composer and writes for a variety of jazz groups including the quintet, as well as various classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music.

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