Tom Ollendorf Trio
Tom Ollendorff: Tom Ollendorff is fast becoming one of the most exciting guitarists to emerge on the UK and international jazz scenes. Tom is known for his highly distinctive sound which blends virtuosic guitar playing with sophisticated harmonic and melodic ideas, whilst always keeping room for nuance and sensitivity. Since beginning his professional career in 2016, he has had the opportunity to work alongside many highly respected artists including Nitai Hershkovits, Ben Wendel, Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams, Geoff Simkins and Ari Hoenig. In 2022 he published his first works for solo guitar with Faber Music.
Conor Chaplin: Born in the south west of Ireland and then growing up mostly in Surrey, Conor Chaplin studied at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich under the tutelage of Simon Purcell, Steve Watts, and others. Also formative in his education were the late great composer and educator Martin Read at Alton College in Hampshire, and his time as part of Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra, based in Woking, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra under Bill Ashton and Mark Armstrong. He is currently touring mainly with such projects as Marius Neset’s ‘Happy’ Quintet, rising star saxophonist Emma Rawicz, Laura Jurd’s Mercury Prize nominated group Dinosaur, and guitarist Tom Ollendorff’s trio. Between these regular projects and other one-off occasions he has had the pleasure of touring extensively throughout the UK, North America, Europe and Asia and has been fortunate to perform with diverse artists including Kit Downes, Ben Van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Thomas Strønen, Bobo Stenson, Harold Mabern, George Garzone, Billy Cobham, Jacob Collier, Jesse Van Ruller, Iain Ballamy, Julian Siegel, Natalie Williams, Ivo Neame, Tony Tixier, Keyon Harrold, Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Wellins and many others.
Marc Michel: Born in the Puy en Velay (France) in October, 1986, it is at the age of 4 that Marc Michel was introduced to the music and in particular to the guitar that he learned on his own, thanks to his father, folk guitarist. He begins the battery with 10 years old, leading in parallel studies of classic percussions, writing and chamber music, disciplines in which he will obtain numerous prices of academies (Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon – where he meets the future EYM trio – and Paris). After having studied with great masters such as Sangoma Everett, Ari Hoenig, Clarence Penn, he is offered a grant in Master’s degree of jazz in the Royal Academy of Music in London. Over there he goes alongside and plays with, among others, Larry Goldings, Dave Holland, Will Vinson, Nikki Isles, John Taylor, John Hollenbeck in prestigious clubs of the city as Ronnie Scott, The The Vortex, Oliver’s etc. He also works since few years with big jazzmen of the French and international scenes as Jim Rotondi, Damon Brown, Zhenya Strigalev. He played (in particular with EYM trio) in tours which led him in Italy, Croatia, England (Queen Elisabeth hall), Spain, Switzerland, Germany and in the French clubs