Unfurl

Unfurl is a five-piece whose music expands across continents, combining Indian Ragas, flamenco and Arabic music with improvisation to create an original sound ranging from the dramatic to the sublime.

Unfurl have been enthusiastically received at numerous Jazz festivals across the country, including Manchester, Marsden, Marlborough, Brecon, Gateshead and London Jazz Festivals as well as in numerous clubs and theatre venues across the country.

In 2013 they were awarded a touring grant from “Jazz North” which allowed them to develop their material for a vocalist as well.

The aim of the band is to bring together all our individual influences to create music which is original.

Olivia Moore – Violin
Maria Jardardottir- Voice
Jim Faulkner – Electric Guitar
Gavin Barras – Bass
John Ball – Indian Santoor and Tabla
Adam Warne – Egyptian Percussion

Olivia Moore is the band leader and inspiration behind Unfurl. She is an experienced performer, bringing her energy and sensitivity to the band.

Adam Warne has been playing drums and percussion for over thirty years. Whilst he has studied various forms of percussion, in Unfurl, Adam mainly plays his speciality of Egyptian percussion, with the riq and darbuka, all with his characteristic spontaneity and passion.

Jim Faulkner, is an extremely accomplished guitarist, having studied contemporary classical music, world music, minimalism and free improvisation and played with many renowned musicians. Jim brings his extensive experience of performing modern Jazz and improvisation.

Gavin Barras is currently one of the most in demand bass players in the North West, regularly touring internationally with his own groups. Gavin brings he infectious enthusiasm to the band.

John Ball has been performing Indian music for the last fifteen years playing the tabla and the 100 stringed santoor accompanying sitarists, vocalists and dancers from the UK and abroad. He is the mastermind behind many of the more complex percussion solos and breaks in Unfurl’s material.

Maria Jardardottir is a versatile and dynamic Norwegian Vocalist who has specialised in Jazz and Drupad singing. She was a strong force on the Leeds world music scene for the last 15 years and has toured internationally with her “All girl Vocal group” The Royst Trio. In the UK, she has played at venues such as the. Vortex Jazz Club and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

See the Unfurl website at http://unfurl.me.uk

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