Personnel

Thibaut Remy: From Montpellier, south of France, Thibaut Remy is a self taught guitarist influenced by blues, rock, jazz, malian, egyptian, gipsy music and funk. Since arriving in London in 2003 he has played with a wide range of musicians including Afla Sackey and Afrik Bawantu from Ghana , Mobo award nominee Eric Wainaina (Kenya) and recently featured on Gilles Peterson’s record Havana Cultura.

Badiaa Bouhrizi: Coming from the Tunisian underground scene, Badiâa Bouhrizi blends jazz, reggae and electronic music with traditional Amazigh (native north african culture) influences in her vocals. Her voice is the fundamental spirit which guides the anthology of sound on acoustic and electronic journey. She has performed in Tunisia, Morocco, France, Canada and England in various venues and festivals.

Joe Auckland: Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 Joe has led a varied and interesting career. He is in demand on both the Jazz and session scenes in London. He has recenty recorded and toured with Madness, as well as Jazz artists Will Collier, Brigitte Beraha and Gwilym Simcock.

Ben Reynolds: Ben has been a regular performer on the UK jazz circuit for the past 10 years, as well as abroad. He has played alongside Mark Lockheart, Jacqui Dankworth, Gwilym Simcock and award winning London based jazz band Fraud who won the 2008 BBC innovation award.

Kevin Toublant : Self-taught, he first began to play bass in Jam sessions and progressed onto playing festivals, international tours and studio sessions. He studied at the Music Conservatory, Rennes, France, whilst carrying on playing in different bands from jazz to rock, groove to experimental and funk cover bands. Collaborated with french side men such as : Xavier Geronimi (played for Alain Bashung), Frank Darcel (Etienne Daho), and toured internationally with several bands.

Ben Somers: Ben was brought up on country music and bluegrass by his father, musician Steve Somers. Ben plays saxes, double bass, sings and yodels. He has a great passion for pretty much every type of music. He leads his own quartet, his boogaloo and experimental retro funk group “The Fire-Eaters”, co-leads bluegrass groups “The Rocky Mountain Boys” and “The Wagon Tales”. He is part of “The Will Collier septet”, The Gareth Lockrane big band, Earl Thomas and Paddy Milner band and has played with such greats as Dr John and Roberto Pla.

Jozef Berk: Jozef was born in Slovakia in Banska Bystrica, 1981 in a musical family. Jozef started to play percussion at the age of 15 . Since arriving to London in 2006, improved his technique through Noda Oreste (Ska Cubano) guidance and many percussion master classes and trips to Cuba. Jozef performed at several prestigious venues, including Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, and festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Mawazine Rhythm Festival in Morocco, Haarlem Jazz, Paris Jazz festival, Natt Jazz fest in Norway, Ljubljana Jazz.