Consisting of

Martin lee Thomson and Danielle Price

 Dopey Monkey

draw upon their experience of various styles of music to create

new compositions and explore all things tuba and euphonium!

Danielle Price

TUba

Danielle studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with distinction from the Master of Music Course in 2013. 

 

She has since enjoyed a versatile career playing in a range of projects and ensembles including Pure Brass Quintet, Blue Boar Brass, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, New Antonine Brass, Ntshuks Bonga's Ubuntu Series, Red Note Ensemble, The Dandelion Jazz Orchestra, traditional jazz ensembles the Copper Cats and The Red Hot Rhythm Makers as well as performing in the bands of Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Ashley Paul, Bella Hardy, Oxbow and as an extra musician with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Danielle appeared in BBC Tectonics 2018 where she played in Mats Gustafsson’s PLUGS for mixed ensemble. She performed alongside Tom Poulson and Timothy Cooper as part of The Night With… programmed by Matthew Whiteside. The trio featured as part of Creative Scotland's "Made in Scotland" Showcase in the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

 

In April 2018, she was a featured artist in Loch Shiel Festival  with tuba players Mark Reynolds and Antony Hook in a concert underneath Glenfinnan Viaduct. The trio played the music of Bill Wells in Counterflows Festival 2019 and made a recording of the works in December 2019. 

Danielle is part of the tuba guitar duo, The Sensory Illusions with Bill Wells. They played at Alien Disko, curated by Notwist and Tenniscoats, in Munich and their debut album was released by Karaoke Kalk in January 2019. 

Danielle was selected out of over 500 applicants as one of six successful musicians from around the world to participate in the Chilly Gonzales "Gonzervatory 2019." in Cologne. 

martin lee thomson

euphonium

Euphonium player, trombonist and composer,

Martin Lee Thomson studied at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh.

 

He graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2019 and has worked as a freelance musician with a variety of ensembles including The Old Jelly Rollers, Voodoo Love Orchestra, Gypsy Hill, Rum Buffalo, Carnyx Brass and Tàirneach.

Most recently Martin appears on Mercury Nominated Jazz musician Laura Jurd's album 'Stepping back, Jumping in' alongside Rob Luft, Lizy Exell, Anja Lauvdal, Ligeti String quartet and Dinosaur.  

 

He is also a founding member of trombone quartet Aeris Brass who have performed alongside Carol Jarvis, Rex Richardson, Mike Lovatt, Emily White and Rick Taylor.

 

The quartet performed in San Marino’s New Music Project where they played alongside John Kenny in a 6am sunrise concert as well as working with Surge in Glasgow, appearing in the large scale street theatre production Beautiful Bones as part of Merchant City Festival. 

He is also one of the founders and Artistic Director of the Dandelion Jazz Orchestra -  a big band featuring musicians from conservatoires across UK and young professionals. The orchestra raise money for various charities and provide an educational resource for areas where there is no jazz education.

Martin is a recipient of the Fordham University Founder's Scholars award as well as the Donald Dewar award which supports the brightest and best of Scotland's young artistic talent. 

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