Small As The World Band Members

Paul Harrison – Piano / Keyboards

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Born in Manchester, 34 year-old Paul Harrison’s home has been in Edinburgh for 49% of his life, at the time of writing.

He enjoys playing all over the world, including Cork, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, New Orleans, Montreux and even Montrose, but is always glad to get home. He has performed with Chris Potter, David Binney, Bobby Watson, Jesse Davis, Lea DeLaria, Joe Locke, Warren Vache, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

He’s well known for his part in the group Trianglehead, along with Stu Ritchie and saxophonist Martin Kershaw, and their sound is a playground of experimental sonics, free improvisation and grooving jazz. The debut album ‘Maths’ was praised in the press and the follow up Exit Strategy was chosen by Herald critic Rob Adams as his favourite CD of 2007.

Paul teaches piano at Edinburgh University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and he is a regular in the current incarnation of the Phil Bancroft Quartet. Paul is also a composer and maker of outstanding soups, and may be moving house at any moment.

“A highly accomplished and imaginative improviser...”

Jazzwise

"He possesses a dazzling and fluent technique, and a comprehensive grasp of the intricacies of jazz harmony which is intelligently and imaginatively applied, whether on standards or on his own compositions."

The Scotsman

Go to Paul’s website for more details.
Or visit Paul’s MySpace page.

Mario Caribe – Acoustic Bass

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Mario Caribe was born in São Paulo,Brazil in 1964. Began playing guitar at 13 and electric –bass at15. At 17 he took the double –bass and graduated in Composition by Universidade Estadual de Campinas, going on to work as a musician, composer, arranger and educator and touring Cuba, Barbados and Brazil.

In 1996 Mario came with his family to Scotland where he studied at the National Jazz Institute, and did a Masters in Jazz Composition. At the same time he became fully involved in the Scottish Jazz scene and is still working in all the capacities above.

He lives with his wife, 3 sons and Luna, the family cat in a cottage outside Edinburgh. He plays and teaches music most of the time and does it from home quite often.

Because all his family is still in Brazil he has to use the internet a lot to keep in touch with them so they appear in his computer screen regularly for ‘cyber’ visits. He would like to sail more, that is what he liked to do in Brazil, but the water is too cold…and he doesn’t have a boat.

Go to Mario’s website for more details.

Stu Ritchie - Drums

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Stu Ritchie has been playing music for over twenty years. In that time he has performed with Pete King, Jim Mullen, Ethan Iverson, Dave Binney, Brian Kellock, Eivind Opsvik, Loren Stillman, Ingrid Laubrock, Warren Vache, Gilad Atzmon, Julian Arguelles and Lea Delaria.

He lives in London with 2 dogs, a cat and a bunch of bloody foreigners (Germany, Montenegro, Greece and France). He is tidy once a week, usually Mondays.

He has led groups, recorded CDs and travelled extensively, and when time allows he likes to climb mountains, cycle in the country and swim in the sea.



He eternally tries to get into clothes that are too tight. He is a dab hand on the ukelele and keeps on good terms with most of his previous lovers. When not practising on the sun terrace, he is fond of BBQ-ing sheftalia. His mum has a bionic knee, and hip.

Currently he performs with Trianglehead, Arthurs/Holby/Ritchie, Colin Steele, Phil Bancroft Quartet, Graeme Stephen Sextet and Ingrid Laubrock Quintet.

Go to Stu’s website for more details
Or visit Stu’s MySpace page.

Felicity Provan- Cornet

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Felicity was born in the 60's in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in the suburbs
playing cricket in the driveway, riding around on her bike and sometimes practicing piano and trumpet.

She studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts.

For the best part of a year she lived in Darwin, Northern Territory, writing music for a dance group and in 1989 left for Europe and backpacked around before settling in London for a while where she "enjoyed" the atmosphere of the poll tax riots.

Her home has been (except for long Aussie stays) Amsterdam for the last 18 years and after living in tiny house boats and 3rd floor apartments moved to a greener, spacious artists place on the outskirts of town where she lives with her trombone muso man, Joost and their 2 children, Rosa and Finnegan.

Felicity performs with a couple of trios, tentet, childrens dance performance and varied one off improvising combinations. She composes and directs 2 choirs.

She is currently a member of Joost Buis’ “Astronotes” , Sean Bergins “New Mob” , Trio Kaufmann/ Provan/ Vatcher which includes Achim Kaufmann (piano/electronics) and Michael Vatcher (drums/percussion) and the David Kweksilber Big Band.

Go to Felicity’s MySpace page for more details

Aidan O’Rourke- Fiddle

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Aidan was born in Glasgow in 1975. His parents moved to Oban the following year, thankfully they brought Aidan with them.

From the age of eight he learned to play the fiddle under the tutelage of the late George McHardy and then Maurice Duncan, both celebrated Scottish fiddlers.
When Aidan was thirteen the O'Rourke family moved to Seil Island where his father had built a house.

At eighteen he moved to Glasgow to study Civil Engineering which he finished in 1997 with a B.Eng (Hons). Aidan has never worked as a Civil Engineer and is useless at DIY.

After graduating he moved to Edinburgh to immerse himself in the famously flamboyant folk music scene of the late 90's. He lived in Linlithgow for the last two years and now splits his time between Oban and Edinburgh.

Aidan performed with the supergroup Blazin' Fiddles for ten years and is a member of the trio Lau who won best band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008 and 2009. He was awarded 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2006 Traditional music awards and has also been nominated as Composer of the year. He has been commissioned by numerous arts organisations in the UK and has performed on over 80 albums.

His latest album An Tobar (which involves one Phil Bancroft on sax) has received massive acclaim across the music world and was rated number 7 in the top 50 downloads in Q magazine earlier this year.

"Intense, beautiful"

The Independent

Aidan still thinks of Seil Island as home.

Go to Aidan’s website for more details.
Or visit Aidan’s MySpace page.

Graeme Stephen - Guitar

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Graeme Stephen was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in the early 70’s. Now residing in Edinburgh, he performs with numerous projects playing a wide array of styles from free Improvisation to folk music.

The “Graeme Stephen Sextet” was selected for the Jazz Services Promoters Choice Award 2006 and performed at the London Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival.

"Stephen’s music speaks loudly of ambition, imagination, nous, and harmonic adventure yet teemed with the sort of tuneful realisation that swells the heart"

Jazzwise

He lives in the west side of Edinburgh next to the start of the Union Canal. One day a move outside of the city into the hills seems like good idea in order to work, walk and fish more often.

In 2007 Graeme was chosen to be one of the eight musicians from Britain to be part of Jerwood and Serious Music’s “Take Five “ initiative.

Go to Graeme’s website for more details.
Or visit Graeme’s MySpace page.

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