band bios

Merlin Shepherd   clarinets, tilinka

Hamsa

http://www.merlinshepherd.co.uk

Merlin is one of the world’s leading players of traditional East European Klezmer Clarinet style, and apart from his own ensembles he has worked and toured throughout Britain and Europe with Budowitz, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and Boban i Marko Marcovic. He has been Musical Director for The Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

“Merlin Shepherd is Britain’s finest Klezmer clarinetist.” Songlines

“A force to be reckoned with.” Time Out

“He colours and shapes every phrase…providing spiritual & emotional heart.” London Evening Standard

Guy Schalom   percussion, drumkit

Hamsa

http://www.guyschalom.com/

 Guy is considered an expert in a range of musical styles. He has performed percussion solos in large-scale productions (e.g. Riverdance at the Royal Albert Hall) to leading his own jazz and world music ensembles internationally. He has worked in the backing bands of some of the most renowned artists in pop and rock music and maintains a busy recording schedule. He has recorded music for numerous network television programs including Where the Heart Is (BBC), Fat Friends (ITV), Glenn Miller’s Last Flight (Channel 4) and GMTV as well as major movie soundtracks including Paul Hyett’s The          Seasoning House.

“Guy Schalom is one of the most versatile and interesting percussionists working in the UK today. fRoots

“One of the UK’s leading percussionists…” Songlines

Schalom’s mastery of this music is as out of this world as his mastery of the darabuka, both of which are breathtaking… Rich Rainlore

 Carol Isaacs   piano, accordion

Hamsa

A classically trained pianist, keyboard player and accordionist, Carol works in the pop and world music fields. She has recorded and toured with many international artists including Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), The Indigo Girls (US), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq) and Phongsit Khampee (Thailand). Carol is also part of The London Klezmer Quartet.

Glenn Sharp guitar, saz, oud

Hamsa

http://www.glennsharp.co.uk/

Glenn is a session musician, composer and producer of world music who plays all styles of guitar but specialises in flamenco and world music styles. He has performed internationally with artists including Nitin Sawhney, Aref Durvesh, Sheikh Taha and Nizar Rohana and has collaborated with musicians from Nigeria, Sudan, India, Spain, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. Glenn composed & produced the album ‘Sigh of the Moor’ by the Jadid Ensemble and plays in flamenco group ‘Calaita – flamenco son’ with singer Chico Pere.

Glenn Sharp is a world class artist. World Music Network

Glenn’s playing is sometimes beautiful, sometimes fiery and brutal. Streets Ahead

(Jadid Ensemble) This simply gorgeous album leaves you wanting more. Songlines

Simon C. Russell bass

Hamsa

 

Born in London, Simon has made his home in Brighton for the last 20 years after studying jazz, modern and contemporary music at the Leeds College of Music. He has toured and performed in jazz, folk and latin ensembles at such venues as The Moulin Rouge, Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and at Folk Alliance International. He currently plays with 40’s swing band The Swing Ninjas and acoustic roots/folk group The Mountain Firework Company. Much in demand as a player in and around east Sussex and thr UK.

 

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