My latest project is Carismatico, a new and exciting Tango Band. I was recently contacted by Argentinian Composer and Pianist, Saul Cosentino, he very generously sent me some of his music to play. I was so enthused I decided to form my own Tango Band, something I'd always wanted to do. So here it is! I have brought together some fantastic British musicians to play with me and together we have recorded three of Cosentino's tunes as well as one by Astor Piazzolla and a new composition of mine, all of which gives you a flavour of the music we are exploring. For more information on the band and to hear us play click the photo below.
Another ongoing projects is Streetworks, a quartet of experienced musicians, featuring Karen on accordion, the creative talent of guitarist Mike Outram, Will Harris who is fast becoming the South West’s most in-demand bassist and honey-toned saxophonist Andy Tweed. creative talents of Mike Outram on guitar, bassist Will Harris and saxophonist Andy Tweed. They perform mainly original compositions and arrangements, melodic and sometimes quirky.
Karen has been involved in Mike Westbrook projects beginning originally with Big Band Rossini. She is part of his latest project ‘Serpent Hit’ this time playing saxophone in a quartet with Andy Tweed, Chris Cauldwell and Chris Biscoe. On drums is Simon Pearson and vocals are performed by Kate Westbrook. To get to Mike's website click .
, set up by conductor & composer Issie Barratt, is comprised of ten of the UK’s top female jazz musicians. The group plays newly commissioned pieces with influences across genres and from around the world. Amongst the performers are the likes of Tori Freestone, Yazz Ahmed & Brigitte Beraha.
"...one of the finest and most creative jazz groups I've heard in a long time." - Peter Bevan
As well as being a freelance accordionist, I regularly perform with a range of artists on different projects.
Tina’s May latest project ‘Piaf - a celebration of a legend’ features pianist Nikki Isles, bass player Julie Walkington and Karen Street on accordion. Tina May remains one of the most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the UK scene and this hugely popular project continues to sell out wherever it plays.
Violinist Billy Thompson has is own particular style of jazz and Karen regularly joins his popular gypsy jazz quartet to perform a mix of Hot Club numbers. Their repertoire includes songs made famous by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, as well as fiery Hungarian tunes and gypsy anthems. Click to get to Billy's website.