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at Total Refreshment Centre, London 12 September 2017

  • Event showcasing the latest STEVE REID INNOVATION AWARD artists
  • Showcase will take place at Total Refreshment Centre, 2 Foulden Rd, London N16 7UR
  • Tickets are on sale now and open to those aged 18 and over

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, together with the Steve Reid Foundation will host the highly anticipated second edition of the STEVE REID INNOVATION SHOWCASE featuring performances from the recent talented awardees, Nubya Garcia, Ola Szmidt and The Little Unsaid and DJ set from Femi Koleoso at Total Refreshment Centre in London on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets for the event are available now and priced at £5 from Dice FM.  The showcase is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

Nubya Garcia

London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with legendary jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of the Theon Cross Trio, six-piece Maisha, and the Nérija septet. Spring 2017 saw her release her first solo project via forward-thinking imprint, Jazz re:freshed. The project — which explores the common ground between progressive jazz, hip hop and soulful, groove led rhythms — is helping to cement her credentials in UK music.

Ola Szmidt

Ola Szmidt is a singer-songwriter, musician, flautist and producer based in York. As a multi-faceted musician her work combines vocal and instrumental improvisations with live looping techniques, and self-produced electronics with sound art and song-writing. Ola’s music shifts between Scandinavian and Eastern Folk traditions, whilst including Soul, Jazz, Contemporary Classical and Ambient practices. She writes and sings in both English and her mother tongue, Polish. Ola studied Jazz Improvisation with legendary free jazz improvisers Keith and Julie Tippett and is a featured artist with the Emmy Award Winning company hitRECord.

The Little Unsaid

The Little Unsaid have spent the last year travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.’ Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, the band have just completed their forthcoming album, Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras, recorded with Radiohead engineer and acclaimed film score producer Graeme Stewart. Stewart’s touch lends a sweeping, cinematic quality to the album’s ten deeply personal songs, written during Elliott’s recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder after a year of ongoing personal trauma brought his life and music career to a standstill.

Femi Koleoso

Femi Koleoso began his musical journey at the age of 3 playing the drums at church. At 11, Femi met with jazz drummer Tim Giles for weekly lessons who broadened and inspired his musical taste, then meeting Gary Crosby OBE, who saw his potential and drive, pushed him further into the direction he is in now. Since then he has become bandleader of award winning band Ezra Collective whilst becoming MD for internationally acclaimed rapper Pharoahe Monch, also playing with former Art Blakey messenger Jean Toussaint and many other names in Jazz, Hip Hop and Afrobeat.

The Steve Reid Innovation Award is a partnership between PRS Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation which offers vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries. The winners each received talent development bursaries and mentoring from Steve Reid Foundation trustees which include pioneering artists Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, RocketnumberNine, Emanative and Charlie Dark. Previous recipients of the award include Moses Boyd, Lady Vendredi, Hector Plimmer and Sarathy Korwar.

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Poster design by previous grantee Hector Plimmer