About Us
Contact Us
Mailing List
Site Search

Lottery Funded

People » Former Members
Former Members

-in alphabetical order-


Born in Vienna to Kenyan parents, David studied French and Politics at Edinburgh University whilst moonlighting as a guitarist. He has been a driving force within Timeline, Jade Fox, Tomorrow's Warriors and is in continuous demand round London - playing / having played in the bands of Courtney Pine, Byron Wallen, Jean Toussaint, DJ Pogo as well as with Norma Winstone, Gary Husband and Jonzi D's stage production Aeroplane Man.

Flute, Saxophones

Although he first came to the public's notice when he was 21, and on the road with US soul diva, Jhelisa Anderson, Finn Peters has been developing his musical sensibilities since he was a kid.  In 1999 he won the London heat for Young Jazz Musician of the Year. In seven years since leaving college he had recorded over forty records.  Finn has worked with artists like IG Culture, Carl Cox, 2 Banks of Four, Rob Mello, Les Nubians and Trip Do Brasil, DJ Spinna and 4 Hero. Other recording credits include a long list of records with House Producer DJD, pop groups Shaft and Embrace, classicists Bond and Vanessa Mae, Grupo X, to name a few. He is a founder member of the contemporary classical group, Nosferatu, whose concerts have been featured on Radio 3 and continue to be popular on the contemporary music circuit. The Finn Peters Quintet also performs original music composed by Finn and other band members blending hip hop, contemporary music and funk at some of the country's most sought after venues. In 2006 his last album Su Ling was in the top 5 Jazz Albums of the Year on BBC1.



A distinctive singer/songwriter with an arresting voice that critics have compared to a dizzying array of music's most imposing vocal talents (Billie Holiday Alison Goldfrapp, Thom Yorke, Cassandra Wilson, Rickie Lee Jones, Bjork - to name a few). Julia Biel undeniably has her own heartfelt style.  Since she burst on to the scene by winning the Perrier Vocalist of the Year Award in 2000, she has worked as a featured artist with Polar Bear on their critically acclaimed debut album 'Dimlit' and with Oriole's 'Song for the Sleeping'. 

Julia collaborated with guitarist Jonny Phillips on original songs for her own debut album.  'Not Alone' was released in June 2005 on Rokit Records to rave reviews. Shortly after the album's release, Julia Biel, 'the best British vocalist to emerge in an age' (The Independent), was nominated for the prestigious 'rising star' BBC Jazz Award in 2006.



Born 1978 in New York, but largely based in Britain, Justin began his professional guitar playing career in his late-teens sitting in on his father's gigs in New York and has been strengthening his reputation on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. Justin has worked with the likes of; Kenny Wollesen, Kermit Driscoll, Martin France, Gerard Presencer, Hector Martignon, Jeff Ballard, Curtis Fowlkes, Simon H. Fell, Ernesto Simpson, Samuel Torres, Mark Sanders, and Alex Ward. Along with his own group Bakehouse, Justin also leads The Teak Project and has recently formed Punchcutter a new trio with New York musicians Kenny Wollesen and Kermit Driscoll.



Leo's varied career has included performing with Nitin Sawnhey, " 2 Banks of 4", "The Emperor's New Clothes", Norma Winstone, Jade Fox, Robert Mitchell's Panacea, New Sector Movements, Danii Minogue and with his own bands 'Gramme' and The Expendables as well as holding the drummer's chair with F-ire bands Timeline, Méta Méta and Synergy.

percussion, vocals

A full-time Londoner since 1991, Italian born Maurizio Ravalico studied congas and bata drums in La Havana, Cuba. His solo production reveals an inquisitive spirit and a compelling drive towards new and radical approaches to music. His album "Accommodating Gods" released in 1998 with drummer Davide Giovannini, is still talked about as one of the most important works for percussion music to come out of the UK in the nineties, while more recently (2005), on the "ezzthetic_ep", realised with Ezzthetic, Maurizio explores new possibilities of dialogue between percussion instruments and electronics. Maurizio is now developing a particular interest in free-form musical improvisation and his ongoing collaborations in this field are with the world-class tuba player Oren Marshall and with electronic musician Isambard Khroustaliov. Maurizio has also worked with Jamiroquai, The James Taylor Quartet, Jesus Alemani, Snowboy, Alex Wilson, Tumbaito, Herman Oliveira, Paul McCartney, Paul Young, Dennis Rollins, Kaidi Tatham, Dego McFarland, and he is a regular member of Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Ensemble and Barak Schmool's Meta Meta.



Graduate of Leeds College of Music, Pete continued to pursue post graduate studies at the Guildhall. Played tenor and baritone in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (1997-99). He has run his own bands, played New York's Blue Note Club and Ronnie Scott's and supported Roy Ayers in 2004. His band Acoustic Ladyland was originally intended, as the name suggests, to be an acoustic improv band reinterpreting Hendrix material but has since become a distinctive, improv group with a contemporary rock'n roll attitude. Acoustic Ladyland won BBC Jazz Award Best Band 2005 and were also nominated for Best Album.


RICHARD TURNER [R.I.P 1984 - 2011]

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music Richard went on to tour and record with drummer and pianist Gary Husband in Husband's quartet 'Drive' alongside saxophonist Julian Siegel and bassist Michael Janisch. 

Richard started the gig at the Con Cellar Bar in Camden and ran it for nearly four years, welcoming great musicians:  Fly (Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier), Donny McCaslan, Ingrid Jensen, Will Vinson,  Joel Frahm, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson, Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes, The Calum Gourlay- Freddy Gavita Big Band, Matt Penman....down those narrow stairs. 

In 2007 Richard founded Round Trip, featuring saxophonist Michael Chillingworth, bassist Tom Farmer and drummer Josh Morrison. The groups debut album was released in April 2011 on F-IRE Records. Richard pursued a busy freelance schedule throughout the UK and Europe and was in ever growing demand as an educator.  
Richard passed away on 11 August 2011 whilst swimming in a open-air pool due to aortic aneurysm. Richard's contribution to the London music scene has been immense, can only be responded to with huge gratitude, and will be irreplaceable. 






Robert studied at City University and The Guildhall School with Norman Beedie. Early band memberships include Quite Sane, J-Life and Keith Waithe + Tomorows Warriors. He has played and recorded with Norma Winstone, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Ty, 2 Banks Of 4, I.G.Culture, Shorter Stories, HKB Finn and many more. Robert is currentle engaged in work with Ntoumos (French/Belgian group), Vaughn Hawthorne (with Gary Husband on drums), Keith Waithe Orchestral Workshops (BBC Symphony Orchestra) alongside his own projects. Since 2003 he has been a visiting Composer at the Royal Academy Of Music (Jazz Dept) and has received two BBC Jazz Award nominations: 2002 (Best Newcomer), 2003 (Best New Work).



Originally from Aberdeen, since winning the 2004 BBC Jazz Award for Rising Star Seb has been referred to as jazz's most in-demand drummer. His influences range from Napalm Death to Prince and contemporary electronica including large dose of jazz along the way. Rochford leads Polar Bear as well as working with Juliet Kelly, Tim Richards and Pete Wareham's Acoustic Ladyland. He also appears in various alt. rock bands such as Menlo Park and Paul the Girl and leads the electro-acoustic quartet Fulborn Teversham. Polar Bear were nominated for both the Mercury Music Prize 2005 and the BBC Jazz Award Best Band 2005.



BBC New Generation Artist 2008-10, the work of trumpeter, flügelhornist and composer Tom Arthurs finds itself in increasingly unique territory, drawing influence from music ranging from György Ligeti to the pygmies of Central Africa, the work of film directors Andrei Tarkovsky and Jean-Luc Godard and the philosophies and creations of pioneering chefs Ferran Adrià and Heston Blumenthal. Rooted in the European jazz and improvised music tradition, Tom's music is one of assimilation rather than of fusion, and one that sets out to explore the relationships between improvisation and composition, as well as between a family of musicians with whom he has been collaborating for several years.



Herbert is the mighty bass player at the heart of the most exciting new jazz- and groove-based bands in town: the Finn Peters Quintet, Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland, Timeline, Meta Meta, Synergy and Jade Fox, whose members have been playing together since they were teenagers. Jade Fox - now working on an album - were the core of the 2004 Future Sounds of Jazz tour, featuring Soweto Kinch, Jason Yarde and Matthew Bourne.


Volker was born 1963 in Düsseldorf - Germany. He has played in Robert Mitchell`s Panacea, Eric Appapoulay`s Premonition, Louise Mills Under Whole Egusi, Jade Fox, Bembe Segue, New Sector Movements, Kaidi Tatham, Eska Mtungwasi and Shorter Stories. Volker has also worked with Norma Winstone, Michael Mondesir, Omar Puente, I.G.Culture, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Marcina Arnold, Julian Siegel, Ben Davis, John Serry, Areef Durvesh, Byron Wallen, Vaughn Hawthorne, Stuart Blagden.


He moved to London in 1998 and has since be an important part of the UK jazz scene. Indeed he is a founding member of the award winning F-IRE collective and has been part of a certain revival of the UK jazz scene playing alongside jazz luminaries Seb Rochford (Polar bear), Pete Wareham (Acoustic ladyland), Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Arthurs, Ben Davis (Basquiat strings), Nick Ramm (Clown Revisited) and many others including Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, Shabaka Hutchings. He played with award winning combo Porpoise Corpus and the F-IRE COLLECTIVE large ensemble for whom he has composed several scores. 

Jonathan Bratoëff has recorded five albums his debut Episode (2001) featuring F-IRE collective members Seb Rochford and Ben Davis amongst others, the critically acclaimed album Between Lines (2005) featuring Seb Rochford, Pete Wareham and Tom Mason, the more electric and electronic sounding album Points of Perception (2006) produced by Wampa and featuring the above plus invited guest Nick Ramm and Tom Arthurs, an experimental duo with NY drummer Chris Vatalaro  (Ralph Alessis, Michael Cain, Antibalas) entitled Chapters (2009) and finally his last Quartet album entitled Mindscapes (2010) and featuring Tom Mason again plus new members Mark Hanslip and James Maddren. He has toured nationally and internationally with various projects, notably the Jonathan Bratoëff Quartet. He has as well written for theatre notably the plays 'Five Kinds of Silence' (2001), 'Urban Stories' (2003) '4ever' (2005) and Velvet Scratch (2007). 

He currently lives in Germany.

 "Jonathan Bratoëff is a serious talent, and his desire to push boundaries is to be applauded." Chris May All about jazz

"Bratoëff's voice is touched by an enigmatic, introspective quality and stands out on a set of sombre, serpentine elegance." Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise


     Top of Page  
 F-IRE Label: www.f-ire.com/label  WHO STARTED The F-IRE? 
Powered by SiteDone 2.3.2 - Artist Edition