Peter Edwards is a composer, pianist and musical director whose ‘guileless, soulful music…[is] full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes’ (Guardian). He composes for stage and screen, directs the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, leads his own trio and has worked with diverse roster of artists within a variety disciplines.
Composition and Performance
Peter has worked with acclaimed artists Courtney Pine, 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.
In 2023 Peter was selected as 1 of 2 artists to participate in the inaugural year-long career development program through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive global film community.
Engaged in a one-year experiential and educational program with curated access to Academy members across various branches to gain a complete understanding of filmmaking
Participated in one-on-one mentorship with a member of the Academy’s Music Branch to learn about the practical aspects of composing for film
Composed original music for short films ‘Ted & Noel’, ‘George’ and ‘The Golden Boy’
The Peter Edwards Trio have released 2 albums 'Safe and Sound' and 'A Matter of Instinct'. 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.