Martin Lee Thomson and Danielle Price
are the duo exploring all things tuba and euphonium. Known for their varied and unusual creative output, they draw upon their diverse backgrounds in jazz, folk, classical and experimental music to create new projects and musical works. They are passionate about showcasing their instruments in different contexts as well as using them as a medium to investigate cross arts projects. They enjoy collaborative projects where they can explore and experiment alongside other artists and communities.
They self-released their debut album Mulled in March 2019 and were invited guest artists at Sergio Carolino’s Gravissimo Festival 2018 as well as the prestigious International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Iowa, May 2019.
Danielle studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2013 with Distinction from the Master of Music course and winning the Governors' Recital Prize for Brass. She has since enjoyed a versatile career exploring a range of creative possibilities for the tuba with Pure Brass Quintet, New Antonine Brass, Blue Boar, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Ntshuks Bonga's Ubuntu Series, Red Note Ensemble, The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra, 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. She 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."
Danielle featured in BBC Tectonics 2018 where she played in Mats Gustafsson’s PLUGS for mixed ensemble. She performed alongside Tom Poulson and Timothy Cooper at the celebrated new music series "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 as part of a tuba trio with Mark Reynolds and Antony Hook in a site-specific concert underneath Glenfinnan Viaduct. The trio played the music of Bill Wells in Counterflows Festival 2019. They made a recording of the works featuring Gorbals Youth Brass Band which was released on Bison Records in September 2020. She 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 has begun to further explore work as a solo artist, writing her own material and experimenting with electronics and voice along with tuba. In February 2020, she was invited by Chamber Music Scotland and Ig:nite Arts to perform a solo set at The Glad Café.
Martin Lee Thomson- Euphonium
Euphonium player, trombonist and composer, Martin Lee Thomson began his musical studies at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. He graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2019 with a Bachelors in Jazz Euphonium and has worked as a freelance musician with a variety of ensembles including: The Old Jelly Rollers, Voodoo Love Orchestra, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Oslo Brass Band, Gypsy Hill, Rum Buffalo, Carnyx Brass, Police, Police 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, as well as rising star of U.K Jazz Elliot Galvin's newest album Police, Police coming out soon in 2021.
Martin is also a founding member of award-winning trombone quartet Aeris Brass who has performed alongside Carol Jarvis, Rex Richardson, Mike Lovatt, Emily White, John Kenny and Rick Taylor. The quartet has performed across Europe as invited chamber music artists for example in San Marino’s New Music Project where they played alongside John Kenny in a 6 am 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. The quartet won 1st place in British Trombone Society's trombone quartet competition as well as being finalists in the prestigious 2020 Royal Over-Seas mixed chamber music ensemble competition.
As a composer, Martin has composed for many different ensembles including, Edinburgh Brass Band, Carnyx Brass, Dandelion Jazz Orchestra and Trinity Laban jazz ensemble to name a few. In 2019 Martin, working alongside singer-songwriter Richard Navarro-Pollott launched the re-opening of the painted hall in Greenwich, London. All music was written and arranged by both Martin and Richard. He is also one of the founders and Artistic Director of the Dandelion Jazz Orchestra (formally known as The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra) - a big band featuring musicians from conservatoires across the UK and young professionals. The orchestra raises 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, Scottish International Educational Trust award, Cross Trust Award, Anglo-Norse Scholarship and the Donald Dewar award which supports the brightest and best of Scotland's young artistic talent.