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. 

 

She has since enjoyed a versatile career playing in a range of projects and ensembles including Pure Brass Quintet, Sensory Illusions, New Antonine Brass, Ntshuks Bonga's Ubuntu Series, Red Note Ensemble, The Old Fountain 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 at the celebrated new music series The Night With… programmed by Matthew Whiteside. There she premiered the new work for tuba and electronics Breathing Space by Timothy Cooper.

 

In April 2018, she was a featured artist in Loch Shiel Festival where she performed as part of a tuba trio in a site-specific concert underneath Glenfinnan Viaduct. The trio will also feature in Counterflows Festival 2019 performing the music of Bill Wells.  

martin lee thomson

euphonium

Euphonium player, trombonist and composer,

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

 

He is currently in his fourth year of study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 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 Old Fountain 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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