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Olivia Moore

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Biography of Olivia Moore

My name is Olivia Moore and I am a professional violinist based in Manchester primarily dedicated to Jazz and Indian music. I broke away from western classical music at the age of twenty to explore these art forms as well as cuban music and flamenco.

I am band leader for the Owl Ensemble which fuses many of these influences, described as "funky Bartok" by John Quail of Marsden Jazz Festival. I have just finished recording our first album, Owl, for which I am submitting three tracks.

I formed the Owl Ensemble in 2008 and we had our premier at Manchester Jazz Festival that year. "The lineage of the string quartet goes back almost 300 years. The format is the cornerstone of classical chamber music and with good reason. The Owl Ensemble now succeeds in continuing its development through brilliant adaptation and absorption of influences from Indian, Flamenco, classical and much more, topped by startling improvisations. But it never loses the qualities that made this musical format stand the test of time." Mike Hall, Saxophonist & Jazz Tutor, RNCM

In 2009, I was one of eight musicians in the UK to be selected for the Serious Take Five Artist development scheme. Since then I have become increasingly busy performing at festivals such as The Brecon Jazz Festival in 2010. I regularly travel to India to study with Kala Ramnath in Mumbai.

Myke Wilson is a legendary drummer who plays a mixture of groove based Jazz and hip-hop. He has toured and recorded with Mike Walker, The Dust Junkies, Lamb, 808 State, Texas and Swing Out Sister.

Sylvan Richardson the bassist and producer of our album has worked with Simply Red, Joe Lovano, Tommy Smith, Gary Boyle, Andy Sheppard, Ian Brown and Cleopatra.

David Muñoz is a great ensemble player with a gift for making a group shine, David has brought his singing tone and fiery playing to many diverse projects and collaborations UK wide from Salsa to contemporary dance, short films, art installations and support for international artists with various bands.

Semay Wu, cellist has recorded and performed with artists including Jean Toussaint; bands including Toolshed, NinjaTunes and Homelife, and theatre companies including Forkbeard Fantasy.

Clare Smith is frequently in demand to play in backing groups to touring artists and recently supported Joan Baez on her tour of
the UK.

Katherine Barnecutt enjoys a lively career in music. She's played the viola in ensembles and orchestras throughout the UK. Katherine currently lives in Dublin and is a member of The RTE concert orchestra.

My Influences
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Debussy, Kala Ramnath, Dave Douglas, Miles Davis

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