Can you tell us about your new album and launch concert?

Our new album comes out on the 3rd of November and is our debut album called “Volume 1”. The album is comprised of entirely new and original music and collaborates with both new composers and established composers such as: Charlotte Harding, Rob Buckland, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Andy Panayi, Mark Nightingale, Dan Jenkins, and myself. We will be performing the album plus a few other pieces at our album launch on the 8th of November at Pizza Express jazz club, the Pheasantry in the Chelsea.

What other projects are you currently involved with?

Currently the group are involved fully with preparing for the album launch gig however in the near future we will be visiting the Royal College of Music to take two classes with both undergraduate students and postgraduate students. Our members are also busy in other projects all the time and are regularly playing and performing with the UKs leading orchestra and session orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and many film/TV studios at Abbey Road studios and Air studios to name a few.

What are you currently listening to and what was the last CD or download you bought?

We love to listen to a real mix of music so our tastes are very varied. I myself (Toby Street) have recently discovered a band called Ball Park music who really tap into my nostalgic love of 90s indie music. Quite different to the music we play but great stuff. I’ve also been listening to a great live album from the Heritage Orchestra feature Raye, fantastic arrangements and amazing playing all round and one more for me would be a jazz piano playing called Jacob Mann who has a few big band albums out. At the moment I’m particularly enjoying his duo album with him and Sam Wilkes.

What is your all-time favourite album and why?

A very tough question as there’s so many to choose from. I think I would have to say the very first album by the Yellowjackets and it’s called “Yellowjackets”. It’s a record that got me interested in fusion jazz right at the beginning and I don’t think I’ve ever really stopped listening to that album at various points throughout my life so I think I’d have to say that one.

Who has caught your attention recently that we should be listening out for?

I’ve always been amazed by the London music scene having lived here my entire life and there’s such a huge pool of talent here so there is so much to discover. Misha, who wrote a piece for us, is a fantastic bass player and has been doing shows with his ensemble recently, definitely worth a look. I’ve always been a big Jacob Collier fan and I know he’s reaching huge heights these days but I’ve been following him from the start so I would say he’s someone who will just keep growing and growing. Outside of the UK I’ve always been a huge fan of anything that Snarky Puppy have to offer. Their sound is so unique and they have such a broad range of music. Again, I know they aren’t a new group but can’t help but mention them!

Click here for more details and tickets to the launch Neoteric Ensemble Volume 1.