INTRODUCING THE TYLER RIX
SAXOPHONE Tyler Rix
GUITAR Pete Torrington
Pete Torrington, 20, a freelance guitarist currently studying the Popular Music Performance degree course at the prestigious Academy Of Contemporary Music in Guildford. With over 10 years worth of experience i enjoy playing a variety of different styles on both the electric and acoustic guitar.
DRUMS Tom Kelly
19 years old, met Tyler at school when we were 11. Known as our school's percussionist we played in lots of gigs and concerts there, now studying music at Trinity Laban, Greenwich.
PIANO Jonathan Ang
"An improviser, performer, educator and just about every other thing inbetween. Jonathan is known for using his passion in performing to fuel his lifestyle of musical decadence. More recently though, he could be found struggling to get bunches of kids under control at music workshops which he conducts across London.
A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Jonathan has worked extensively in Singapore from theatres to bars to weddings. An amateur ethnomusicologist since his college days at LASELLE, Singapore, he is also currently seeking to master the mbira to heighten his entertainment value as both a performer and a leader. (Apart from really adoring the instrument, of course.)
Recent stints include the Bath International Music Festival and SQUADRON Festival at Bishopsgate Institute, London. He has also recently completed a series of recordings at Abbey Road Studios with his beloved folk ensemble, and is thrilled to be back onstage again with Tyler Rix, having first got together for the London Jazz Festival 2008.
PERCUSSION Daniel Marks
I'm 19 years old and have been playing music since the age of 4. I have passed my Grade 8 in Drum Kit and Grade 8 with distinction in Orchestral Percussion. I studied at Junior Guildhall since the age of 10 and performed with their various ensembles and orchestras in numerous venues including Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Regents Hall and St John's Smith Square. In the summer of 2009 I won the Junior Guildhall Lutine Prize, which included a concerto performance at St John's Smith Square in the summer of 2010. I also play the piano.
I'm also a keen actor and performer, and I have performed in numerous shows with a theatre company I have have been with since the age of 3. I appeared in the West End in Beauty and the Beast aged 6 and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang aged 10. I was also part of various ensembles and choirs at my secondary school, JFS, and performed with the choir at the Royal Festival Hall and St James Palace. I was also part of the school's Soul and Jazz bands playing drum kit, and I also ran the school's Percussion Ensemble
for a number of years.
I am currently at University of Surrey completing a degree in Creative Music Technology. I achieved 3 A grades and 1 B in my A-Levels, in Music technology, Maths, Chemistry and Physics. After my degree I would like to work as either a music producer/engineer, conductor, composer for musical theatre, session drummer/percussionist or teacher.
I met Tyler whilst studying at Junior Guildhall, and we have known each other for a number of years. Together we have performed in fantastic places such as Trafalgar Square, Regents Park and House of Lords and I am looking forward to many more great gigs!
BASS Jack Polley
Jack, 20, is studying at Trinity Laban, Greenwich, renowned as being one of the best bass players around. He first joined the Tyler Rix Quartet at the beginning of 2012 for the DLA Piper event and has played on every gig since.
GUITAR Alex Crawford
I joined The Tyler Rix Quartet after meeting up with Tyler at our school, Dame Alice Owen's in Hertfordshire when playing in Soul Band. We've played in school and charity concerts together, and I really got involved big time when my improvising skills were called upon .... some great gigs...!
I'm 20, studying at the Royal College of Music and looking forward to a career in music.
photos: Alex Crawford and (left) The Tyler Rix Quartet
by Prema Ronningen www.visionandphotography.com