Projects: Robert Mitchell's Panacea (4-6piece band Deborah Jordan Vocals, Tom Mason Bass, Richard Spaven Drums), Robert Mitchell & Omar Puente (piano+Violin duo), Robert Mitchell 3io (pno,bass,dr trio as Panacea), Robert Mitchell and Julien Siegal (piano+sax duo),Solo piano, Robert Mitchell and Corey Mwamba duo (piano+vibes),new one tba....
Robert Mitchell has been twice individually nominated for the BBC Jazz Awards (Best Newcomer,and Best New Work) , winning once as part of the F-ire Collective (Innovation 2004).He has won National and Inernational awards with the groups Quite Sane and J-Life. He has performed in many different projects - with names like Steve Coleman, Norma Winstone, Courtney Pine, Vaughn Hawthorne-Nelson ,I.G.Culture,Greg Osby,The Roots,Steve Williamson,The Jazz Warriors,Keith Waithe,Ty, Sillhouette Brown, Shorter Stories, Ntoumos and Omar Puente & Cubania .He has taken part in a feature film (The Cats Miaow dir. Peter Bogdanovich 2000). As part of a duo project with Cuban violinist Omar Puente - a tv programme was made about the pair in Cuba - featuring a performance in the Havana Jazz Fest (A Todo Jazz 2005). Their debut Cd BRIDGES (F-ire CD16) came out in 2006. Robert's band PANACEA did a BBC Radio1 Session for Gilles Peterson, and performed in the North Sea Jazz Festival (July2006 - Holland) and Vienne Festival (July 2008 France) .Their debut cd VOYAGER (Dune) was released in 2001 (earning the first BBC nomination for Robert). Their 2nd cd TRUST (F-ire CD5) was released in 2005 to fantastic reviews.Robert Mitchell's Panacea was also nominated in the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards (for best live session). Robert has been previously commissioned by the Jerwood Trust/BBC and Nuance (a collaboration between Panacea and RPO orchestral musicians ), as well as Nitro/ROH (a opera collab project - in development). His education work has included projects at WAC,City Uni,Middlesex Uni,and the Royal Academy Of Music (Jazz course - as solo,ensemble teacher,and examiner) . He is working with US vocalist Jhelisa Anderson- in both the electric band, and her Nina Simone Project.He also works with unique composer/reedsman Dan Stern, bassist to rock/pop legends Yolanda Charles project The Deep M.O., and US vocalist Jose James (signing to Gilles Petersons Brownswood label). He has also curated a new solo piano festival/event - called Lifting The Lid : A Celebration Of Modern Solo Piano . This took place at the Pizza Express on the 13-15Sept 2007. A solo piano album EQUINOX (F-ire) was launched during the event (F-ireCD15)....
- Trust by Chris May
JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK **** A young UK virtuoso of McCoy Tyner - like precision, excitement, boldness, and scope . Formidable improvising skills , remarkable breadth and absorbing unpredictability . The Guardian
Tremendous stylistic contrast and narrative richness, an expression of the dynamic solo chops and writing abilities of the man whom his J-Life colleagues refer to as ' The Dark Scientist ' . The Voice
The compositions are complex and challenging . Clever construction reaps huge rewards .... astounding virtusos work from Mitchell ...