The Vij Prakash Quartet
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Vij Prakash – Trombone
Vij began playing the trumpet at the age of six and was accepted into Chetham’s School of Music four years later. During his time there he was awarded concerto and chamber music prizes as well as the Most Outstanding Instrumentalist at the National Big Band finals. After deciding to switch the trombone in sixth form, Vij went to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge to study music. During his time at university he was heavily involved in the Cambridge jazz scene and his final recital which he performed with his jazz quartet was the first of its kind in the university’s history. After moving to London and graduating as a jazz trombonist from the Guildhall School of Music’s Masters’ Course, Vij was offered the prestigious Jazz Fellowship post there. During his time in London, Vij has had the opportunity to play with some of his idols, including Julian Siegel, Cleo Laine, Alec Dankworth, Mike Westbrook, and The London JazzOrchestra.
Through his own musical projects Vijay has performed at an array of prestigious venues and festivals around the world, including Windsor Castle, The Barbican, The Vortex Jazz Club, Budapest Jazz Club, Havana Jazz Club and Monteux Jazz Festival.
John Garner – Violin
Driven by a desire to push the boundaries of the violin, John Garner pursues numerous avenues in his music making. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he performs internationally with groups including Meraki, Avartan, The Hot Club Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra, M.oo.K Ensemble and Mainly Two. He studies jazz with acclaimed trumpeter Byron Wallen and Carnatic violin with Europe's leading exponent, Jyotsna Srikanth.
Ralph Wyld – Vibraphone
London-based Vibraphonist, percussionist and composer Ralph Wyld won both the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Royal Academy of Music’s Kenny Wheeler Prize in 2015. The latter resulted in him signing to Edition Records for his debut album.
In addition to leading his own group ‘Mosaic’, Ralph is in demand as a sideman. He has recorded with the Tim Richards Hextet and the Sam Eagles Quartet, and the live album he recorded with Troykestra won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary JazzAwards.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ralph studied under Head of Jazz Nick Smart, and teachers including Jim Hart, Pete Churchill and Gwilym Simcock. Through the Academy, he was able to perform with Joe Locke, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler and John Hollenbeck, amongst many others.
Edwin Ireland - Bass
Edwin Ireland is a bassist and cellist based in Bedford. Having graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London with a First Class Honours degree, as well as the ‘Best Bass’ and ‘Best Overall’ awards, he is currently studying the Postgraduate Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award. He has performed throughout the UK and Europe at venues such as the Purcell Room, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Paradiso (Amsterdam) and the Radisson Blu Hotel (Doha, Qatar) as a member of various original acts and function bands. Now studying electric and upright bass under the likes of Geoff Gascoyne and Martin Hathaway, he is striving for excellence as a jazz performer as well as being a member of originals band The Intermission Project and maintaining a busy teaching career.