Oriana Curls – Piaf
Oriana is a French jazz , pop and cabaret singer-songwriter based in London. Her talent as a writer and impressive four-octave range has allowed her to work with some of the best musicians, writers, and producers in London. She has played solo or with her jazz band in many renowned London venues (The Royal Albert Hall, Boisdale, Blenheim Palace, Brasserie Zedel, The Bedford, headlining The Troubadour, and The Half Moon) Oriana has been an opening act for Natalie Duncan at The Forge, been critically acclaimed by Dave Robinson (Jimi Hendrix manager) at the Youbloom Festival in Dublin in 2013, in 2014 was chosen to perform at The Eiffel Tower in Paris for the promotion of the movie Freedom – L’envol d’unaigle, and was part of the BBC Radio 2’s Cheltenham Festival (Jamie Cullum) in 2015. She performs at the CellarDoor as a regular cabaret act/burlesque host. She released her first live acoustic EP in 2014, and her debut album (mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios) will be released early next year.
Oriana is currently featured in the BBC show All Together Now as a judge (as part of the 100).
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Katy Jungmann – Saxophone/Clarinet/Accordion
Katy is a lyrical saxophonist with warm rich tones, performing in London on the jazz & world music scene – The Bulls Head Barnes, Ronnie Scott’s, Black’s, The Vortex, Hampton Court, St Thomas’ & Leighton House. She has performed at many festivals – Latitude, R.I.S.E, Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Pride, the Royal Festival Hall, Dunkirk Mardi Gras, the North London Marathon, City Cruises – and internationally in Cuba, Milan, Bologna, Rome, Berlin and Czecky Kremlov (southern Bohemia). Katy writes & produces original material for contemporary dance, and performs as a singer-song writer. As a multi-instrumentalist, Katy has collaborated with composers Alan D Boyd (Day of the Triffids, Horizon), Dan Mulhern (BBC, Silent Witness, Heir Hunters, Channel 4), and Dave Willetts (Samba group Paradiso). Other collaborations include a BBC documentary with Les Zoings for Royal Academy artists Bob and Roberta Smith, and the recent play Blue Blouse at the Pushkin Club & The Royal Academy with The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor.
Katy has performed in Downton Abbey, The Inspector Linley Mysteries, and Holby City. Feature films include: 4 Feathers; Robin Hood; Troy.
Chris Jerome – Piano
Chris has spent twenty-five years in the music business playing everything from jazz to reggae, latin to soul, pop to hip-hop, in every kind of venue from the sublime to the ridiculous, in every corner of the globe.
A dynamic and versatile keyboard player/pianist/composer Cris has performed and recorded extensively with a multitude of ground-breaking artists. He was a member of the UK’s premier saxophonist Courtney Pine’s band for eight years, performing at major venues and festivals all over the world as well as featuring on his last two albums. He has also been part of legendary singer Tom Jones’ band performing in numerous television shows across Europe and has performed on several TV shows with Lionel Ritchie.
Other artists with whom he has collaborated include Osibisa, Jazz Jamaica Allstars, Hugh Masekela, Maxi Jazz (Faithless) with The Soul Food Cafe (check out the album ‘Original Groovejuice’), Beverley Knight, Jamelia, Sister Sledge, Imagination, Rose Royce, Womack and Womack and many others.
Gary Merry – Director/Writer/Spoken Word
Gary is a director and performer, and a founder member of The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor. He has a wide range of experience as a performer with recent work including: The Knee Jerk of Sloth in Ghent; De Profundis – The Voice of Three (a piece developed by accordionist Bartosz Glowacki during his residency at Aldeburgh); On the Axis of this World with Cambridge City Opera.
Gary has also written a number of works presented in non-theatre environments.
Recent directing credits include: 1848 and Blue Blouse for The New Factory; The Shakespeare Hut for The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (which he co-wrote); The Last Days of Limehouse for Yellow Earth; The Inspectors Call for No-Notice Productions.
David John Aird – Piano – London
A multi-instrumentalist, David studied music at Goldsmith College. As well as playing piano David plays tuba, clarinet and organ in various groups including Malphino, a Cumbia band.
David also writes and records electronic music.
Joe Bickerstaff – Piano – Edinburgh Festival
Joe played piano in the original staging of Piaf Remembered. A self-taught jazz pianist, Joe plays the upbeat swinging style of 1950s mainstream/bebop, interspersed with stride, boogie & soul and inspired by piano jazz giants Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Ray Charles. He plays in the finest London hotels and clubs – The Lansdowne Club, The Dorchester, Claridges, The Langham and The Four Seasons as lounge pianist, in jazz groups and in bands.
Joe leads his own piano trio and performs for Royalty and A-list celebrities alike, both at home and all over the world. Joe particularly enjoys performing with singers and has developed strong arrangement and accompaniment skills in this regard, making him a sought after pianist by many of London’s leading jazz singers. A founding member of jazz funk originals band, President Bongo and the Democratic Republic of Phonque, Joe led the band through a national tour, the Glastonbury Festival (supporting Herbie Hancock and Roni Size on the Jazz/World stage) and a residency in Singapore.