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Jeremy Avis

Voice, Percussion, Cittern

Avis soon had them dancing in the aisles’ Jerusalem Post
My early musical experiences were rich and varied and began with singing hymns and ragtime songs at my grandfather’s knee. This led to life as a cathedral chorister, revealing a world of glorious church music. As a teenager, my tastes became more eclectic as I discovered electro-synthpop, rock, jazz and classical music of all hues in bands, orchestras and choirs.

Aged 19, I abandoned an Oxford choral scholarship to travel in Africa where, I experienced Baka pygmy rituals in Cameroon and played xylophone in a funeral Masquerade band of the Kom people. This eventually formed part of the field work for my Phd in Anthropology. I continued my odyssey in Jerusalem where I lived for 3 years, singing and playing percussion professionally while also learning about Arabic music. I returned to the UK in the late 1990’s, since when I have been singing and playing with many different ensembles in musical styles which include early music, world music, jazz and contemporary classical music.

Alongside my ensemble work I conduct two choirs, teach singing privately and I am currently producing my own band ‘s African fantasy football musical, Goalmouth, in a refugee camp in Malawi - something of a synthesis of my previous experiences!

My aim is, through music, to transform the way individuals and groups feel and behave. I am fired up by seeing the positive social effect good music has on people.