the BAND

Chivo Funge - guitars, voice, programming, mixing, producing, recreational activities

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Chivo Funge Composer, guitarist, singer, mixer, part time space pilot and self-confessed alien, Chivo Funge landed on this planet in 1966. Since then he has attempted to blend jazz, rock, world music into a type of sound as yet unheard. He has collaborated with the likes of Ayub Ogada, Oren Kaplan, Count Dubulah, Seb Rochford, Annie Whitehead, Mark Lockheart and many more. His music has found its way onto BBC TV in programmes such as Panorama and Real Story, and in 1997 he collaborated with Balachanda, Indian master percussionist for a series of concerts in London UK. Taught jazz by John Etheridge and John Parricelli, in 1994 he worked with dance theatre goup Company Skin for a number of critically acclaimed performances at the ICA and Place theatres in London. He currently lives in Spain, though he has expressed a desire to revisit the off-world colonies in the near future.

Theo Travis - saxes, flutes

Theo Travis

Theo Travis was born in Birmingham and moved to London in 1992 where he soon established himself as one of the finest tenor sax players on the British jazz scene. He has led his own jazz quartet for over 20 years, recorded ten albums as leader having composed, arranged and produced the material and performed all over the UK as well as at Ronnie Scott's Club in London over 75 times. He is increasingly known as one of the top saxophone and flute players in the world in Progressive music and has appeared as featured soloist on over 120 albums. With guitarist Robert Fripp he formed Travis & Fripp in 2007 and the duo have toured internationally and recorded 4 albums which Travis co-wrote and produced. In 2006 he became a member of Soft Machine Legacy, taking over from the late Elton Dean, and since then he has co-written and co-produced their 3 albums as well as toured Europe, Japan and Brazil. Travis has performed and recorded extensively with Steven Wilson as featured soloist, and they have worked on 23 albums together. Travis also was a member of Gong from 1999 to 2009 and in 2015 he joined David Gilmour's band for the 'Rattle that Lock' tour. Travis has also performed and recorded with David Sylvian, Bill Nelson, The Tangent, Roger Eno, Keith Tippett, Harold Budd, John Foxx, Steve Hillage, John Etheridge, Cipher and Mick Karn. In 2014 he wrote his first book 'Twice around the world', a diary of blogs from the Steven Wilson world tours of 2012/13 and he has appeared as a walk on artist in film and TV such as 'Notting Hill', the Bond movie 'Die Another Day' and 'Foyle's War'. In 2015 he released his latest solo album 'Transgression' (Esoteric). He lives in London with his wife, son and 16 saxes and flutes.

Dudley Phillips - bass

Dudley Phillips

Playing both double and electric bass, Dudley Phillips is a creative musician and composer based in London. Working in the fields of contemporary songwriting, jazz and folk/world music, he plays and records with artists from all over the world, both in the UK and abroad, including Canada, Kenya, Japan, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Norway and the USA in addition to the United Kingdom. Amongst the many he has toured and recorded with are Robert Wyatt, Bill Withers, Mark Knopfler, June Tabor, Cedar Walton, Marc Almond, John Harle, Tim Robbins, and Amy Winehouse. He has contributed to a large body of recorded work, from albums on the legendary Blue Note label to EMI classics, working with many major [and minor!] record labels along the way. Self-taught, he went on to win a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music . He has one album of his own 'Life Without Trousers', and has written album tracks for several artists working internationally including Monica Vasconcelos, The Orlando Consort, Perfect Houseplants and Filomena Campus. He's also played on many film and TV scores, as well as jingles, and is a visiting performing arts lecturer at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music, and Middlesex University, London.

Nic France - drums

Nic France

Drummer Nic France has been at the top of his game since arriving in London In 1980 when he began working as a session musician. Within the first three years he played with a "Who's Who" of British contemporary jazz and several international artists including: Ian Carr's Nucleus, Allan Holdsworth, Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler, Hank Crawford, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, John Taylor, Gordon Beck, Loose Tubes, L. Shankar and Mose Allison. He also appeared on a TV drum clinic with Billy Cobham. His impeccable sense of groove and dynamics quickly made him a sought-after sessionist in the Rock and Pop music world as well, with such artists as Bill Withers (2 tours in UK. & Europe), Tanita Tikaram (3 World tours and 3 albums) and Working Week (3 European tours, 1 in Japan and 3 albums). He also recorded with Pete Townsend, Thomas Dolby and has played with Annie Lennox  and Nigel Kennedy. He has played on various Film and T.V. soundtracks including Absolute Beginners and several of the Comic Strip films. One of his current projects is with South African Township band Mbawula with whom he performed at the Nelson Mandela South African Freedom Day at Trafalgar Square in April 2006. He has also worked with David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and is featured on the DVD ‘David Gilmour Live’. He is also part of the regular ensembles of artists such as Andy Sheppard (Quartet), Julian Lloyd Webber (Bossa Nova Band), Terry Callier (including a trip to Japan and the summer European Jazz festivals). He played at the Umea Jazz Festival in Sweden in October 2005 with Anders Jormin, Andy Sheppard and Rita Marcotulli.

Ayo Akintonwa - guitars

Ayo Akintonwa

Nigerian born Ayo grew up and was educated in England. Graduated in Chemical Emgineering and then worked for a time in the finacial world before realizing that music was his true devotion. He now plays guitar and keyboards. Having spent many years as a studio owner and musician Ayo now prefers to concentrate on live work. As a guitarist his style represents his wide experience from Classical to Soul and from Jazz to Pop. He currently plays with a number of London based bands including a jazz trio, a quintet and a couple of big bands. He also does solo gigs, studio work, has composed music for television, and is very much in demand as a teacher.

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