Meet the musicians of London Contemporary Dance School and hear this collection of tracks and explorations recorded by the musicians and produced by Domenico Angarano.
Composer, producer, keyboard player, improvisor, songwriter, sound-designer, label director Daniel Biro grew up in Italy and France before moving to London and so carries with him a healthy dose of mixed European cultural flavours. He has released over 12 albums as a solo artist and in collaboration with his various projects, as well as composing soundtracks for award-winning films/tv, theatre, dance and art installations. His music ranges from Berlin-style electronic synths to 70s electro-jazz to ambient/minimalist soundscapes.
Track title: Being The Sea
Originally from Italy, Giuliano Modarelli is a London based guitarist, composer and producer with a unique voice.Having studied Jazz at University, he went on to develop through the Indian classical tradition studying under UK renowned sitarist Dharambir Singh, Indian classical maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta and his senior disciple Prattyush Bannerjee.
His unique and exceptionally innovative style has led to collaboration with internationally renown artists such as Shankar Mahadevan, Bickram Ghosh, BC Manjunath, Shankar Tucker, Mysore Manjunath, Pete Lockett, Talvin Singh, Soumik Datta, Sarathy Korwar, Jyotsna Srikanth and many others. Modarelli is the leader and co-founder of the award-winning music collective Kefaya. This innovative and talented collective combines traditional forms with a range of contemporary influences to reinvent the sound of folk music.
As well as an accomplished performer, Modarelli is a prolific composer and producer for dance, theater and cinema. He regularly collaborates across disciplines with artists such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Gregory Maqoma, Mavin Khoo, DV8, Jose Agudo and many more.
Track title: Calais
Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, one man band, educator, cellular resonance therapist and sound alchemist based in London. Sabio associated himself with music and art since early childhood. In 2005 he obtained his Master’s Degree in Classical Percussion and in 2008 he studied music production at London Centre of Contemporary Music (UK)
He has over 20 years of experience as a composer and session multi-instrumentalist. His experience of working together with world-famous artists has developed his unique ability to be able to play more than 100 instruments. This particular skill allows him to be a very flexible musician, producer and composer.
Track Title: Chasing the Sylph
Andy trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and formely at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. He is an experienced accompanist for ballet and contemporary dance and plays for the London Contemporary Dance School on a regular basis. He has had his music performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Psappha and BBC Singers, and as a composer for dance has written original scores for Stopgap Dance Company, Magpie Dance, Mazzilli Dance Theatre and Southwest School of Ballet.
Track Title: Study in F Sharp Minor
Alex Paton (b.1991) is a London based musician and composer. On hearing the 'Imperial March' in the Star Wars films at the age of seven, Alex was inspired to learn how to play an instrument. He now composes for a variety of cross media genres including theatre, film and dance and plays a range of instruments in different projects.
Track Title: Trumpet Fields Forever
After graduating in Jazz at the Naples Conservatory, Domenico Angarano attended various improvisation workshops in Italy, New York and London, with artists such as Medeski Martin & Wood, Cyro Baptista, David Fiuczynski.
Since relocating to London he has moved into the world of contemporary dance, as well as continuing to specialize in arrangement and composition. He has composed and played for Hofesh Shechter, Becky Namgauds, the Hong Kong Academy of Arts, Jean Abreu, English National Ballet and for choreographers Riccardo Buscarini, Marso Riviere, Hagit Yakira, Lee Brummer, Leila McMillan, Krishna Zivraj, Stefano Rosato, Marie Forbes.
In the last 20 years he acquired knowledge of music from South Italy, West Africa, India, Southern Europe, Brazil, Cuba and the Middle East.
All of these cultures inform his creative process to aim towards a new form of western contemporary music infused in these traditions. Music that shows how connected human beings are, in a world that is politically moving towards a more fragmented and individualistic society.
Education to different cultures and consequently to different music styles can bring diverse audiences together. Both music and dance can become more accessible to areas of society that otherwise don’t see these forms of art as representative of contemporary society.
Track Title: Era de maggio
Neil graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1983. After an initial period teaching he decided to focus on playing for dance classes. He played at Central School of Ballet from 1985 – 2000 and started playing at The Place in 1990 becoming the LCDS Chief accompanist in 2000. He has vast experience playing for courses and leading dance companies and has performed with Rambert and the Richard Alston Dance Company both in the UK and on tours of South east Asia and China.
Track Title: Nebulosity
Devid is an Italian musician, graduated from Goldsmiths University of London in 2010 with BMus in Jazz and Popular Music Studies.
Devid has over 20 years experience in gigging and recording all over Europe in a variety of music genres such as Rock’n’Roll, Reggae, Afrobeat, Gipsy, Folk, Pop Rock, Flamenco, Klezmer, Garage and Electronic music. Since moving to London in 2003 he has shared the stage with artists such as Peter Green, Dan Aykroyd, Martha and the Vandellas and Matthew Herbert.
Track Title: Bassing around
Nicholas Hewlett & Oli D
Orlando James, is a Manchester born Native American/Caribbean musician hailing from a grime and jazz background, channeling his love for improvisation through the piano.
Track Title: Candy Branch
Australian born percussionist Jeremy Barnett has performed across the world with ensembles including Shakespeare’s Globe, Sydney Symphony, Synergy Percussion, China National Symphony, Boston Percussion Group, Sydney Dance Company, and Shaun Parker & Company. Jeremy was a founding member of the ‘post-rock’ band PROP, releasing their acclaimed album “Small Craft Rough Sea” in 2001, and can be heard on soundtracks including “The Black Balloon”, “Happy Feet”, and “Australia”. A respected dance class accompanist, he has played for the London Contemporary Dance School, Central School of Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor, Michael Clarke Company, and Richard Alston.
Track Title: Andah
Matteo Ricordo is an Italian Drummer and Percussionist based in London.
Member of the bands TerraViva and Barbarella’s Bang Bang is also musician for a few contemporary dance schools which The Place, Central Farringdon, London Studio Center and Trinity Laban.
Track Title: Mish-Mash Acid