Corey Mwamba

Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: November 2    

Corey Mwamba

Corey Mwamba creates music using vibraphone, dulcimer, electronics and small instruments. His music contains elements of jazz, folk from different countries, and electronica.

Born in Derby and a former chemist and librarian, Corey is virtually self-taught in music having made the decision to take up vibraphone in his late teens after seeing a picture of Orphy Robinson in a book and taking five lessons with the orchestral percussionist Lewis Dyson.

Corey is primarily known as a highly creative improviser with a wide stylistic range: there have been appearances with Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas, and Lol Coxhill; Andy Hamilton, Tony Kofi, the Master Drummers of Africa; Evan Parker, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Robert Mitchell's Panacea; Alexander Hawkins, Arun Ghosh, and the Heliocentrics, as well as his own solo performances and with his collective the Symbiosis Ensemble. He has also worked as a percussionist with Derby Concert Orchestra....
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Corey Mwamba was selected for the Jerwood/PRS Foundation's 2007 Take Five Initiative, a significant artist development scheme for emerging jazz musicians: he was also nominated for the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Innovation. In 2009, Corey was selected by Arts Council England for The International Association of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM) event in Skopje. Nothing happened in 2006.
”[An] instinctive originality on vibes. [Corey Mwamba] is an elemental driving force” Manchester Evening News

“Derby-based Corey Mwamba has been described as 'the maverick vibraphonist', and many critics regard him as the most innovative player of his instrument since Orphy Robinson.” Jazz North-East

“Mwamba, alive to every musical possibility thrown his way by his bandmates, was constantly selecting the precisely appropriate tone and timbre for the particular moment, either by changing gong-type (covered) mallets for xylophone-style (unwrapped) mallets, or by occasionally playing his instrument with his bare hands or a violin bow, drawing from its keys an astonishing variety of sounds, from mbira-like 'muffled' notes to ringing, sonorous, sustained tones or cascades of single notes, occasionally ending pieces with a subtle reverberating effect [...]” Chris Parker

“[...] Certainly the most tremendous discovery was the vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, who demonstrated amazing originality and vigour in his interpretations of the themes, in particular Hackensack (duo with drums) and Little Rootie Tootie (duo with baritone saxophone).” All About Jazz Monk Forum[translated from French]

“Corey Mwamba, the balletic young Derby vibraphonist, played the Derby commission Argentum... deceptive art-music diversions from apparent street-sharp hooks... Mwamba's mix of rhythmically driving fast playing and dreamy textural effects.” John Fordham, The Guardian

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