The band draws on a pool of players, and usually appears with between 6 and 10 performers, depending on the music.
Will Gregory is a composer, producer, keyboardist and woodwind player. He studied music at York University, going on to tour as saxophonist with Tears for Fears. He worked with artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, London Sinfonietta and Portishead before teaming up with Alison Goldfrapp at the end of the 1990’s. He has written a number of works for silent film, including The Passion of Joan of Arc, and He Who Gets Slapped as well as BBC Radio 3 commissions for its Baroque Remixed series. His opera, Piccard in Space, premiered at QEH London in 2011
Ade Utley is a guitarist, producer, long time friend and collaborator with Will Gregory, maker of electronic music and owner of way too many classic synthesisers. As well as being a member of Portishead, his guitar orchestra recently recorded Terry Riley’s In C for Invada records and his score for the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (co-written with Will Gregory) is being performed around the world. Other collaborations include work with Sparklehorse, Patti Smith, Aphex Twin, Tom Jones, Massive Attack, Jeff Beck, PJ Harvey and Bat for Lashes.
Graham Fitkin is a UK composer. He has worked with orchestras such as RLPO, Halle, BBC Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and London Chamber Orchestra. He has composed for dance companies such as Shobana Jeyasingh, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Bi-Ma and collaborated with ensembles such as Fibonacci, Smith Quartet, Piano Circus, Ensemble Bash etc and has conducted orchestras in venues from Lincoln Center to South Bank to Aula Magna.
When not playing the synthesizer, Scottish harpist Ruth Wall performs as a soloist and in some of the most exciting ensembles and bands in the UK. She is regarded as one of the UK’s leading harpists – specializing in lever harp, buzzing Renaissance bray harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and concert harp. She recently toured to Japan, Australia, USA, Canada and throughout Europe and Scandinavia, including performances at the Lincoln Centre New York, Monza Milan, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, QEH in London and Krakow’s Steve Reich Festival.
Vyv Hope-Scott is a composer specialising in production music for TV and media as well as concert performance. Vyv studied Jazz piano at Leeds College of Music, and contemporary composition at Bristol University, writing for traditional and electronic instruments. He was session keyboardist for dance acts including Joey Negro and Colour Systems Inc in the nineties. His music has appeared in feature films, TV series, animated films, TV ads and corporate video soudtracks.
Simon Haram is the Principal Saxophonist with the London Sinfonietta, Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music and a member of the Graham Fitkin Band. He plays regularly with all the London Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist all over the world. As well as his instrumental work, he runs Silent Age Sound, a recording and post production facility and has worked with a wide variety of groups and artists including Richard Rodney Bennett, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Nash Ensemble.
Front-woman of Bristol 80’s horror inspired synth Post-Punk outfit, Adding Machine (recently produced by Portishead’s Adrian Utley) and member of Andy Mackay & The Metaphors (the Roxy Music saxophonist’s solo project), Hazel Mills joined the Moog Ensemble in 2013. Her solo work, produced by TJ Allen (Bat For Lashes) combined Reich-esque minimalism and spaghetti western fuzz with 50’s sci-fi electronics and Grace Slick influenced vocals. Hazel has previously collaborated with BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Mark Ayres on forthcoming film Scar Tissue title track and, continuing to embrace music’s cinematic side, is touring with pioneering puppeteers, The Paper Cinema.
Pete Rosser is a musician and composer based in Stroud since 1990. He is an eclectic accordionist (Tango Siempre, Truffleshack, Caravanserai) and an effervescent jazz pianist. He has composed for schools, choirs, brass bands, big bands, theatres and community projects across the UK, while in recent years becoming more involved in examining, editing and publishing. Three daughters, one dog, two hens. He is looking forward to having a greater sense of which knob does what.
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Ross Hughes has shared the stage with the likes of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Charles Hazlewood, Keith Allen, David Tennant, Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, Graham Fitkin and Howard Goodall. He joined Portishead’s live band in 2013 and has recorded for Goldfrapp. Ross has composed for music production Libraries and also for BBC radio 4 drama, Cbeebies Interactive, The London Snorkelling Team, Filter Theatre and Fluidity Films. He also plays sax, clarinet, flute and guitar-like instruments.
Simon Clark first played Minimoog as long ago as 1975 (when it was state-of-the-art technology..!) as keyboard player with guitarist Bill Nelson. Subsequently, he worked extensively as a session musician on analogue synthesiser & hammond organ for many artists including David Bowie, Peter Gabriel & Joan Armatrading. He has also produced a varied range of production music for media & film. Favourite all-time synths – Minimoog, Yamaha CS80 & PPG 360a.
Dan Moore has been an active musician since the age of 15. He studied 20th Century Music at Dartington College Of Arts. Primarily a keyboard player, Dan has toured internationally; performing with artists including Rodriguez (Searching For Sugarman), Percy Sledge, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Andy Sheppard, Tony Allen and Nostalgia 77. As a producer and songwriter, Dan has worked with Joss Stone, Tom Jones, Roni Size, Rumer and has co-written a single for Will Young.
Flautist, pianist and composer Eddie Parker has been central to some of the most significant jazz in the last 3 decades – Loose Tubes, the recently reformed anarchic UK big band; Bheki Mseleku, the enormously influential and internationally acclaimed South African jazz pianist; Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, and many more. He leads Eddie Parker’s Mister Vertigo and Eddie Parker Quartet. Composition commissions include Radio 3 Jazz On 3 for Loose Tubes’ reunion, Apollo Sax Quartet Cartoons, recently released, Three Anagrams for Kurt Schwitters for percussion group Ensemble Bash.