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Mistura explores a wide and exciting range of styles from samba, batucada and bossa to various African and Latin rhythms, which explains the name MISTURA ("mix"). The members of the band are from different cultural backgrounds creating something deep and very special.

'...improviser of real character'. John Fordham - THE GUARDIAN

Flautist, Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in Jazz groups as well as with various non-Western groups, new music ensembles, symphony orchestras, pop outfits and as a soloist.

He has composed and arranged music for groups, ensembles and for the BBC. Composition commissions include those written for the percussion quartet "Ensemble Bash" and the contemporary music group "New Music Players". Rowland studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and studied jazz with the late Lionel Grigson in the mid 1980s.

Rowland currently teaches at the Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. He has given consultations, workshops or coached at Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music, York, Sussex and Durham Universities as well as The Centre for Young Musicians, Morley College.

“...the wonderful Mistura”. JAZZ EXPRESS

Rowland Sutherland fronts his own band, the critically acclaimed Mistura, who perform Brazilian jazz fusion alondside Afro-Cuban and pan African grooves. Mistura have performed at a number of the leading jazz festivals in europe. In 1998, Mistura supported the legendary pianist and singer Tania Maria at the QEH in London. They went down a storm at the Ritmos Festa do Mundo 95 - Porto, Portugal which also featured Salif Keita & Irakere.

'A no nonesense eight piece band blending hot Latin rhythms with sophisticated jazz based arrangements and soloing led by a London flautist prominent on the scene... TIME OUT

“Rowland Sutherland...leader of the UK's premier Brazilian jazz outfit...”. Paul Bradshaw - STRAIGHT NO CHASER

'Impressive'. Phil Johnson - THE INDEPENDENT

Rowland's involvement with Brazilian music has led him to play and record with the London 'Afro Blok' that largely consists of various types of African and Brazilian percussion instruments, horns and vocals. In 1994 they represented Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games Arts festival in Vancouver Island. Rowland has also performed with 'Olodum', the famous Afro Bloc from Bahia, Brazil, (who appeared on Paul Simon's 'Rhythm of the Saints' album of 1992 & Michael Jackson's album 'History') and a number of influential Brazilian artists including: the legendary ex Weather Report drummer and percussionist Dom Um Romao, the cult singer/songwriter Joyce and the renowned multi-percussionist Nana Vasconcellos. He has also appeared on stage with composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal as well as with Flora Purim and Airto.

Rowland was a member of several eminent jazz outfits. These included the big band Jazz Warriors founded by saxophonist Courtney Pine, and Orphy Robinson's Sextet 'Annavas', appearing on their album "When Tomorrow Comes" on the Blue Note label. Rowland performs in the colourful 11 piece jazz ensemble led by soprano and tenor sax player Mark Lockheart, 'The Scratch Band' who have two albums out, 'Through Rose Coloured Glasses' and 'Imaginary Dances'. He also solos with the dynamic raga 'n' beats Indian group ShivaNova.

'...enriched by Rowland Sutherland's lovely flute sound...'. John Fordham - The GUARDIAN.

Rowland and Ray Carless lead a band called 'R2', a jazz 'n' beats project which combines modern jazz with contemporary club dance grooves such as Drum 'n' Bass, Hip-Hop, Dancehall & House. Rowland has a contemporary jazz group featuring Orphy Robinson, which uses Afro-funk and reggae rhythms, called 'Creative Force'. Rowland also performs in Orphy's 'Nubian Vibes Ensemble', which uses strings and fuses classical music with jazz. Rowland's jazz experience also includes working in a number of collaborations, performances and recordings with other artists. These include: touring with US saxophonist / bass clarinetist David Murray; recording with African master drummer Gaspar Lawal; playing with the 'Rebirth Brass Band' from New Orleans; recording with Pops Mohamed, master percussionist from South Africa; an historic flute concert with Frank Wess and Ali Ryerson during the 1995 London Jazz Festival, and in 1996 his tour with the Phoenix Dance Company concluded with performances at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

In 1998 Rowland played solo flute on stage with the vibrant dance company, Jazz Xchange during their tour, premiering a work by the American composer, Derek Bermel. In 2001 Rowland recorded and performed live in a rare concert, (held at the Barbican Centre in London) given by the renowned music producer William Orbit (Madonna, Blur, All Saints...). Rowland has also performed and or recorded with Byron Wallen, Dennis Rollins, Nikki Yeoh, Zoe Rahman and David Jean - Baptiste.

'...featuring peerless flautist Rowland Sutherland'. John L. Walters - THE GUARDIAN

He has played and recorded with a number of new music ensembles and dance companies. These include: New Music Players, Ixion, Icebreaker, London Musici, Lontano, Uroboros, Music Projects/London, Phoenix Dance, Jazz Xchange Music and Dance and Rambert Dance Company. In March 2002 Rowland performed in a concerto by Stewart Wallace, written for the electric group Icebreaker with the American Composers Orchestra, at New York's Carnegie Hall.The event was conducted by the Orchestras' music director designate, Steven Sloane.

Orchestras Rowland has played with include: Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, B.B.C. National Orchestra Of Wales, London Philharmonic, European Community Chamber, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and B.B.C. Radio. He played principal flute with the latter three.

In addition to the above, Rowland has enjoyed guesting on flutes for various artists' recordings over the years such as: George Benson, Mezzoforte, MC Solaar, Incognito, Ed Harcourt, Roland Gift, Omar, Marc Almond and Colonial Cousins. Rowland has also participated in various radio, TV and film soundtracks.

"Flautist Rowland Sutherland has a superb sound and technique, and is undoubtedly one of the very best flautists on the British scene". TIME OUT.

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