Peter Edwards is a pianist, composer and musical director whose ‘guileless, soulful music…[is] full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes’ (Guardian). He leads this own trio, directs the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and has worked with diverse roster of musicians and artistic disciplines.
'All round musical Svengali’
London Jazz Festival
The Peter Edwards Trio have released 2 albums 'Safe and Sound' (2013) and 'A Matter of Instinct' (2016). Both have been reviewed favourably - 3* Guardian, 4* Evening Standard and 4* MOJO. The group have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival for a ‘BBC Introducing’ showcase in association with the PRS Foundation. The performance was recorded and later broadcast on BBC Radio's ‘Jazz on 3’ and Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 programme.
'The smart-suited Edwards has a warm engaging sound easily discerned with characteristically rippling tremolos, long blissful runs and a darting exuberance that bubbles up effortlessly expressed via a sophisticated piano language that looks to Pershing period Ahmad Jamal and the early acoustic years of Herbie Hancock as its lodestar'
Marlbank.net Live review
After releasing 2 acoustic albums the band has come under the influence of the 70's electric period of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. In 2019 Peter developed an electric trio that uses keyboards, samples, synthetic sounds and loops. This new sound palette has stretched the imagination and opens new sound worlds for them to explore.
Peter relishes the challenge of collaborating with artists from a range of genres inside and outside the music world. Currently he is working with Angolan Percussionist Tello Morgado on an audio visual project that uses footage from traditional dance cultures from all over the world and scores it with electro acoustic soundscapes. The footage is slowly manipulated and reimagined in sympathy with the music.
With Tello Morgado for Devotion to Movement project
Performing Audio Visual project 'Devotion to movement'
Peter has directed the Nu Civilisation Orchestra since it's inception in 2009. The NCO has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scott's, The Royal Northern College of Music. Peter made his BBC Proms conducting debut in 2019 performing the sacred music of Duke Ellington. He has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra directing his arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's 'Chelsea Bridge' at London Jazz Festival 2019.
Directing Nu Civilisation Orchestra with BBC Singers, Carleen Anderson's UK Vocal Assembly 2019
Directing BBC Concert Orchestra with Nu Civilisation Orchestra at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Jazz Festival 2019
Directing Nu Civilisation Orchestra at Ronnie Scott's 2019
Directing PRS Commissioned work with Nu Civilisation Orchestra at New Music Biennial 2018
Peter has worked with acclaimed artists Mica Paris and Zara McFarlane. He is has also been commissioned to composer music for 2017 New Music Biennial and has composed a live score for 1926 silent movie 'Body and Soul' as part of the British Film Institute's Blackstar Season.
Performing duo with Zara McFarlane in 2019
With Mica Paris Band on 'Mica sings Ella' Project in 2018
Performing BFI commissioned score to silent movie 'Body and Soul' 2017