Jonny Phillips [guitar]
Sonia Slany [violin]
Mark Hodgson [double bass]
Paul Clarvis [drums/percussion]
A quartet of many musical colours, vivid and contrasting, all musical colours and shades are welcome here. In these compositions Venezuelan waltzes, Chopin preludes, country ballads, Andelucian Gypsys and Cuban songs sit side by side.
"When I first met Paul, Sonia and Mark I was well aware that between them they had played with nearly every musician and on every film sound track I could think of. I wasn't surprised by the very high level and openness of there playing but the child like enthusiasm did take me by surprise!"
Violin soloist Sonia Slany has worked with many pop and jazz artists including Mark Knopfler, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Gabriel, Lee Konitz, Goldfrapp and Jim Hall. She leads The Solid Strings, with whom she works with artists such as Michael Brecker, Salif Keita, Elvis Costello, Sakamoto. Her previous group Electra Strings were the resident quartet on LATER with Jools Holland, working with Bjork, The Communards, Massive Attack among others. She also records on many Hollywood soundtracks.
Paul Clarvis brings his unique style to all musical genres and has worked with musicians ranging from Mick Jagger, Nina Simone, Steve Swallow, Harrison Birtwhistle and John Dankworth to Paul McCartney, John Taylor and Moondog. Paul is in several regular bands, Andy Sheppard's "Learning to Wave"; Stan Sulzmann's Big Band; "Four in Perspective" - Wheeler, Hersch, Winstone; Henry Lowther's "Still Waters"; "Bubbling Under" with Sonia Slany. Paul co-leads Orquestra Mahatma which specialises in improvisations on folk tunes from all over the world. He also leads an improvising trio "For All the Saints" with Stan Sulzmann and Tony Hymas.
Since leaving the Guildhall, Mark Hodgson has become one of the most in-demand double bass players on the European scene, playing and recording with artists including Randy Brecker, Cedar Walton, Eddie Henderson, Greg Osby, Scott Hamilton, Jean Toussaint, Ingrid Jensen, Tommy Smith, Rick Margitza, Peter King, Tim Garland and Gregory Hutchinson to name a few.
Jonny Phillips is a member of F-IRE Collective (please refer to the biographies section).
"...One of my favourite musicians, of the highest calibre..." Ryuichi Sakamoto.
"Sonia Slany fiddles like a woman possessed" Phil Johnson, The Independent.
"a master of musical clowning and some damned fine playing to boot."
Beowulf Mayfield, The Stage.
"Phillips conjures music that is quietly intense, beguilingly beautiful and full of pleasingly robust tunes that stay with you long after you hear them. "