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Biography of Kairos Ensemble

The members of Kairos Ensemble met in the early 90's whilst studying music at the Royal Academy of Music and City University in London, forming the quartet in 2001. Their extensive live work has included jazz concerts, workshops and tours. They have released four albums, most recently Rejoicing Blues (2013) which has received a very warm reception from DJs, reviewers and the general public alike. Passion Suite (2010) was described by Julian Joseph on Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up as “beautiful music” and was performed live for a Jazz Services tour. Before that came Psalms (2006) and The River (2002). Their music reflects the breadth of the individual players' experience and captures a vibrant chemistry between the musicians. Through their strongly melodic and inventive compositions and arrangements, they produce music that is passionate, lyrical and always engaging.

DAN FOSTER
Saxophonist Dan Foster grew up in Newcastle and studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music. Playing credits include Alex Wilson, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, the London Jazz Orchestra, David Byrne, Tony Hadley, John Etheridge, Mike Garrick, Graham Kendrick, Freeform Five and Freaks. Dan plays sax and arranges brass for rising star George Montague. Early inspiration on the saxophone came from the likes of jazz greats, Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley. Dan describes the development of his musical voice as an “on going journey.” He is also a Baptist minister and lives with his family in Welwyn Garden City.

PETER JAMES
Originally from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, prolific and award-winning pianist/composer Peter James studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music. Peter’s compositions have featured on a number of Christian Garrick albums and his extended work Passion Suite for Kairos Ensemble was toured with Jazz UK funding in 2008. Peter also heads up his own trio whose latest release, Soul Story, was listed amongst Jamie Cullum's best albums of 2011 on Radio 2, as well as in the year’s top recommendations in Jazzwise magazine. Peter’s current work also includes teaching and directing the music at a church in North London.

RICHARD FOX
Richard Fox’s education, including time at both the Guildhall School of Music and City University, led him to develop interests in many areas of music, ranging from jazz and World Music to the classical repertoire. This equipped him to perform with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Paul Whiteman Orchestra, The Brasshoppers, English National Opera, June Tabor and the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Billy Cobham and the Philharmonia. Richard is married, has two beautiful daughters and lives in Surrey where he also pastors a church.

TOM HOOPER
Versatile drummer Tom Hooper began to play professionally at 14 years of age in Cornwall. In 1991 he moved to London to study Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of the Peter James Trio and first call drummer for the internationally acclaimed jazz violinist, Christian Garrick. Tom's freelance work has included playing for the Dutch singer Jan Smit, Grace Jones' highly regarded album 'Hurricane', Simple Minds, Brian McFadden, Johnny Dankworth, up and coming singer George Montague and many others.

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