Born: November 29, 1964 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor/leader
Issie Barratt, founder of Fuzzy Moon Music and Fuzzy Moon Records, is an internationally active composer, conductor, arranger, baritone player and educator who has been awarded commissions by the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bohuslän Big Band, The PRS Foundation for New Music, Delta Sax Quartet, 4th Dimension String Quartet, Voice of the North, North Chesire Wind Orchestra, Vortex Foundation Big Band, Swiss Gemeinderat of Unterägeri, Trinity College of Music’s Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Centre for Jazz Studies UK and Youth Music with performances often featuring artists such as Anders Bergcrantz, Tim Garland, Mark Lockheart, Joe Locke, Dennis Rollins, Carl Rütti. Steve Waterman and Annie Whitehead. In 2001 Issie’s music was featured in Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s Rising Stars sessions and has since been recorded by the Delta Sax Quartet, Bohuslän Big Band, Vortex Foundation Big Band her own large ensemble Arrange of Space, comprising 20 of Europe’s finest jazz musicians (Their debut album Astral Pleasures, produced by Mike Gibbs, is now available on Fuzzy Moon Records). In 1999 Issie set up the Jazz Faculty at Trinity College of Music, London, which she headed until 2004, when she was offered the post of Jazz Fellow, allowing her more time for her compositional and performance activities.
“Her amazing breadth of skills are just what the music world needs” (Mike Gibbs: Composer and arranger)
Exciting and beautiful music: written with great knowledge and depth (Anders Bergcrantz)
“Distinctive and memorable (Leicester Mercury)
“Issie’s conducting gives the music a whole new lease of life and meaning. (Göran Levin Manager of the Bohuslän Big Band)
The eccentric element came from Issie Barratt (John Fordham, The Guardian)
… often providing a welcome Mingus-like mayhem (James Griffiths, The Guardian)
“Combines the warmth of an embrace with the full zest of a lemon!” (Issie Barratt)
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Ex Head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music, London: Currently Jazz Fellow at Trinity College of Music, London, Composition professor for one to one students at Trinity, Leeds College of Music, Royal Academy of Music. Chief Executive of the National Youth Jazz Collective.
Large ensemble skills: As performer, musical director and composer.