THE GUARDIAN (JOHN FORDHAM)

"Nikki Iles is a pianist of extraordinary imagination who thrives on fugitive melodies”                                              THE OBSERVER (DAVE GELLY)

As a founder member of the hugely innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra in the early 90s, Nikki Iles came to prominence working with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mark Anthony Turnage, Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs. Mike subsequently booked her for one of her first recording dates with great American musicians, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses on the CD “By The Way”on AH HUM records. For many years, Nikki served a lengthy apprenticeship in the North of England playing with the cream of British and American jazz such as Peter King, Iain Ballamy, Art Farmer, Scott Hamilton, Tim Garland and Jim Mullen. Many of these relationships were re-kindled when Nikki finally made the move to London in 1998. There she joined the groups and toured and recorded with innovative musicians such as Steve Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, Mick Hutton and Tina May. Several awards followed with the BT British Jazz Award and an IAJE Award in America for services to Jazz. Although well known as a pianist, composition still remains a major part of her musical life. There have been several nominations for the Paul Hamlyn Award and many commissions have followed. The breadth of Nikki’s artistic vision has led her to disregard the arbitrary boundaries of the jazz scene and most notably, commissions have included “In All My Holy Mountain“ with poet Roger Garfitt and the New Perspectives Ensemble. Acollaboration with American dancer Mimi Cichanowicz (2004)“Distance No Object” (2004) -IOU Theatre company, “A Gentle Prayer “ -London Sinfonietta , “Red Ellen” -Tim Garlands Underground Band and “Carillion -Renga (Contemporary group from theLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 2010). Finally Nikki was honoured to have her piece commissioned by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra featured at the 2012 Proms (broadcast Radio 3 and BBC TV).As a player she remains much in demand. She was nominated in the piano category of the 2012and 2013 British Jazz Awards. Recent work has taken her across the world as a member of the inspirational Julian Arguelles Octet. Also with, Joe Locke,The Kenny Wheeler Big Band, The StanSulzmann Quartet, Tony Coe, The Anglo/Canadian group with Martin Speake, Christine Jenson and vocal legend Norma Winstone. She has made many recordings and most recently, a trio CD “Hush “ in New York with Americans, Rufus Reid and Jeff Williams. “Mirrors “ with Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, Stardust with Stan Sulzmannand finally her own group,The Printmakers “Westerly”.With a parallel career as a widely respected teacher, Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University.She alsogivesmasterclasses around the world. She has been a driving force behind the Jazz syllabus at the ABRSM and continues to publishextensivelywith Oxford University Press.

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Nikki Iles

“A formidable UK jazz presence" ....“Iles is one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK scene in recent times, with a liquid sound and supple, obliquely resolved phrasing as animproviser”.                                  THE GUARDIAN (JOHN FORDHAM)

"Nikki Iles is a pianist of extraordinary imagination who thrives on fugitive melodies”                                              THE OBSERVER (DAVE GELLY)

As a founder member of the hugely innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra in the early 90s, Nikki Iles came to prominence working with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mark Anthony Turnage, Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs. Mike subsequently booked her for one of her first recording dates with great American musicians, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses on the CD “By The Way”on AH HUM records. For many years, Nikki served a lengthy apprenticeship in the North of England playing with the cream of British and American jazz such as Peter King, Iain Ballamy, Art Farmer, Scott Hamilton, Tim Garland and Jim Mullen. Many of these relationships were re-kindled when Nikki finally made the move to London in 1998. There she joined the groups and toured and recorded with innovative musicians such as Steve Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, Mick Hutton and Tina May. Several awards followed with the BT British Jazz Award and an IAJE Award in America for services to Jazz. Although well known as a pianist, composition still remains a major part of her musical life. There have been several nominations for the Paul Hamlyn Award and many commissions have followed. The breadth of Nikki’s artistic vision has led her to disregard the arbitrary boundaries of the jazz scene and most notably, commissions have included “In All My Holy Mountain“ with poet Roger Garfitt and the New Perspectives Ensemble. Acollaboration with American dancer Mimi Cichanowicz (2004)“Distance No Object” (2004) -IOU Theatre company, “A Gentle Prayer “ -London Sinfonietta , “Red Ellen” -Tim Garlands Underground Band and “Carillion -Renga (Contemporary group from theLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 2010). Finally Nikki was honoured to have her piece commissioned by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra featured at the 2012 Proms (broadcast Radio 3 and BBC TV).As a player she remains much in demand. She was nominated in the piano category of the 2012and 2013 British Jazz Awards. Recent work has taken her across the world as a member of the inspirational Julian Arguelles Octet. Also with, Joe Locke,The Kenny Wheeler Big Band, The StanSulzmann Quartet, Tony Coe, The Anglo/Canadian group with Martin Speake, Christine Jenson and vocal legend Norma Winstone. She has made many recordings and most recently, a trio CD “Hush “ in New York with Americans, Rufus Reid and Jeff Williams. “Mirrors “ with Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, Stardust with Stan Sulzmannand finally her own group,The Printmakers “Westerly”.With a parallel career as a widely respected teacher, Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University.She alsogivesmasterclasses around the world. She has been a driving force behind the Jazz syllabus at the ABRSM and continues to publishextensivelywith Oxford University Press.


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