Flekd are a unique combination of some of the ﬁnest young jazz and folk musicians in London. They write and play beautiful music inspired by world folk from a contemporary jazz perspective.
Balancing intricacy with driving grooves, their sound is unique and fresh. With engaging contemporary folk and jazz compositions built from weaving melodies and rich textures brushed with Indian and African rhythms, they create uplifting and stirring music.
Following journeys under a few different guises as a folk-jazz band over the past few years, Flekd have arrived at a unique sound. Since the core members transferred from music college in Wales to London for further jazz studies and professional work, there was a deep ongoing desire to play and write together, and to continue to develop the band.
Through the work of each musician contibuting compositions relating to their own background, as well as the combined exploration of many textural elements suggested from raw traditional and contemporary melodies, the band have formed a sound that is flexible and full, and harbours scope for exploration. The 5 musicians also improvise and bounce off eachother with enthusiasm and huge enjoyment, creating evocative music that stays within the scope of the traditional with a view out towards the unfamiliar.
Flekd recently launched their debut EP, have played at London's Royal Festival Hall and The Forge amongst other venues,
and look forward to festivals and tours in 2015.
Jane South, flute & accordion
Jane gained the ABRSM Laura Marco Prize and several performance grants before training in classical flute performance at RWCMD, also studying jazz, improvisation and composition and founding an early version of Flekd. Performing with folk and jazz bands for the last 10 years, Jane has toured and played at folk festivals including Sidmouth, Larmer Tree, Cambridge, Gosport, Wimborne, Chippenham and Trowbridge, the Isle of Ischia, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, Brecon Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man Festival, Electric Picnic Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has worked with a range of musicians including Kelli Ali, HK119, Robin Grey, Steve Folk (Blabbermouth), Moveable Feast, MGM Bigband and ceilidh and traditional folk groups. She has co-written several albums with folk singers and toured UK and Europe in the duo Folk&South in 2014.
Rebecca Nash, piano
Rebecca graduated from the Trinity College of Music Masters Course and plays in her own trio with Matt Fisher and Will Harris, Entropi, Paradox Ensemble, The Potter Ensemble and Benin City. She has performed with Tina May, Ed Jones, Anita Wardell, Steve Waterman, Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Mark Lockheart, Tammy Weis, Henry Lowther and Alex Garnett amongst others. She has appeared at festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival and Isle of Wight Jazz Festival and jazz clubs nationwide.. Rebecca performed for HRH the Queen, HRH the Prince of Wales, the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre and the Senate Building, and has been filmed for S4C. Rebecca is an active composer for radio and theatre and has written for BBC radio, SWAN Theatre Company, The Dena Lague Dance Company. Awards and achievements include Winner of Arts Council of Wales Award, Uri Caine Prize,The Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal and the friends of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Moss Freed, guitar
Moss was awarded scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Bucher/Fraser Trust and the Berklee World Scholarship Tour to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Moss has performed as a guitarist and had classical works performed around the world with radio play including Jazz FM and BBC6 Music. He has performed widely in the UK and Europe with his group The Moss Project, including London Jazz Festival and Manchester International Jazz Festival, tours across UK and Germany, achieving radio airplay and also receiving critical praise for their debut album Vision. His London-based quartet featuring some of London's top jazz musicians have received acclaim for their second album What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? collaborating with 6 award-winning authors, released on Babel Label. He is also founding member of group 'Let Spin' who have been highly rated by Jazz Services.
Rob Paterson, double bass
Rob Paterson is a London based double and electric bass player. He graduated from Middlesex University with a jazz degree in 2008. He has performed around London and the UK with, among others, The Button Band, Emma Divine, Benin City, Nic Meier, The Groove Syndicate, and The Big Cool Celts. He has played at venues including, The Vortex, The Bulls Head, The National Galleries, The Dorchester, The V and A Musem, at the London Jazz Festival, Burton Jazz Festival, Hop Farm Festival, and Kendal Calling. He has toured extensively in Europe with jazz outfits playing his own material, performing in France, Poland, Gran Canaria and Ukraine. During this time he has recorded several live and studio albums as a co-leader, performed on many session dates as a sideman, and has recently returned from a tour in Kenya with Toccata..
Matt Fisher, drums & percussion
Matt completed his Masters degree in Jazz Performance at Trinity College of Music, London. He has collaborated with some of the UK’s most prominent musicians such as Tina May, Abram Wilson, Malcolm Edmonstone, Najma Akhtar, Nikki Illes, Steve Waterman, Anita Wardell, Mark Hodgson, Martin Speake, Mark Lockheart, Geoff Gascoyne, Christine Tobin, Andre Canniere, The London Arts Orchestra, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Bryden Strings. He has played at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals including Glastonbury, Oxford Jazz Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival, Sculptures By The Lake, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Pizza Express Jazz Club. He has also toured in the USA, Morocco, Mexico and Europe. His work for television includes Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats and The Restaurant on BBC.