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Rowland Sutherland

Rowland Sutherland

'...improviser of real character'. John Fordham - THE GUARDIAN

Flautist, Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in Jazz groups as well as with various non-Western groups, new music ensembles, symphony orchestras, pop outfits and as a soloist.

He has composed and arranged music for groups, ensembles and for the BBC. Composition commissions include those written for the percussion quartet “Ensemble Bash”, the contemporary music group “New Music Players” and Lontano and the Fidelio Trio.

Rowland studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama mainly with Kathryn Lukas and studied jazz with the late Lionel Grigson in the mid 1980s.

Rowland Sutherland fronts his own band, the critically acclaimed Mistura, who perform Brazilian jazz fusion alondside Afro-Cuban and pan African grooves. Mistura have an album - ‘Coast to Coast’ on the FMR label.

Mistura have performed at a number of the leading jazz festivals in Europe Including Glastonbury. In 1998, Mistura supported the legendary pianist and singer Tania Maria at the QEH in London. They went down a storm at the Ritmos Festa do Mundo 95 - Porto, Portugal which also featured Salif Keita & Irakere.

'A no nonesense eight piece band blending hot Latin rhythms with sophisticated jazz based arrangements and soloing led by a London flautist prominent on the scene... TIME OUT

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Rowland Sutherland

“...enriched by Rowland Sutherland's lovely flute sound...”. John Fordham - The GUARDIAN

“a force to be reckoned with...” CITY LIMITS

“...featuring peerless flautist Rowland Sutherland” John L. Walters - THE GUARDIAN

“...Sutherland...gutsy improvisations...” Kevin Le Gendre - JAZZWISE

“Music of quality comes from this man” CITY LIMITS

“a flautist with one of the nicest sounds in the business“ TIME OUT

“...improviser of real character” John Fordham - THE GUARDIAN

“I was most impressed with Rowland Sutherland’s playing... we heard the full range of flute colours, and were spoilt by his sensitive and dreamy pianissimo playing

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Rowland gives lectures on flute technique with the composition students at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He is an Assistant Lecturer of Flute at the University of Kent. He is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Rowland has been involved in various types of contemporary classical music composer workshops with such contemporary classical ensembles as Lontano, Icebreaker, notes inegales, The New Music Players, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ixion, Ensemble Expose and Uroboros. They took place with such organisations and at such venues as BMIC, SPNM, Dartington International Summer School, Kings College London, Reggello International Festival Italy and Gaudeamus Amsterdam. Birmingham Conservatoire, Sound and Music, Universities of Birmingham, Surrey, York, Bristol, Durham, Bath Spa, Southampton and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, among others.

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