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Meilana Gillard

Ohio raised (London-born) saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s. She has worked with U.S. icons Charli Persip, Christian McBride and also Greg Osby, who released her debut album Day One on his Inner Circle Music label in 2009, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the New York all-female big band DIVA. Based near Belfast since 2012, she's now set to release her second album Dream Within a Dream on May 26th via Lyte Records. Choosing a chordless trio format, Meilana features MOBO nominated drummer David Lyttle, who has featured her in his own trio and alongside trumpet star Terell Stafford, and whose own recent studio collaborations include Joe Lovano and Talib Kweli. On bass is Co. Clare born Neil O'Loghlen, who is known for his work with guitar master Louis Stewart and Ensemble Eriu. (last updated June 27, 2017)

Gear

Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone (SN:28XXX), Regal Queen Reeds #4, Ted Klum Tonamax 7*, Francois Louis Lig

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”Gillard is a gutsy, inventive player with a forceful melodic sense and an open, old- school tenor sound...Gillard’s full-throated contribution to the saxophone trio canon is as charming as it is courageous.” - Cormac Larkin - Irish Times

“Gillard can, you feel, boast complete technical control of her horn, though doesn't need to demonstrate the fact every time she solos. There's plenty of fire in Gillard's playing, to be sure, but it's a passion tempered by lyricism and a firm narrative bent, qualities than make Dream Within a Dream a consistently rewarding experience.” - Ian Patterson - All About Jazz

“...her style can go seamlessly from tough muscularity to tender romance” - Trevor Hodgett - Belfast Times (last update June 27, 2017)

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

Belfast

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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