Karen Street (Accordion)
At home in all musical genres, credits include Grace Jones, Ute Lemper, Willard White, Martin Taylor, Tim Garland, Mike Westbrook, The Nash Ensemble, Ice Breaker, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, the RPO, LSO, WNO, Royal Opera House, Ballet Rambert and the Strictly Come Dancing live band.
She has produced four CDs of her own compositions and arrangements.
Karen writes music for saxophone, accordion and various other ensembles. Her composition for solo accordion In the Ballroom with the Rope took first prize at the London Accordion Festival, Composition Competition, 2001.
Andy Tweed (Saxophone)
Andy’s range of musical interests is very wide but his musical life now revolves mostly around jazz. He performs regularly with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, various Mike Westbrook projects and with Karen Street both as a duo and in her drumless quartet Streetworks. He also performs regularly with Flotilla, a saxophone consort performing and commissioning new compositions. He played with and ran Saxtet for nearly twenty years performing their repertoire of self-composed and arranged material all over the world.
Yshani Perinpanayagam (Piano)
As a soloist, song accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at events including the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Soundings Platform for Contemporary Music.
Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and company pianist of Rambert Dance Company. She was Music Director for circus troupe Circa at the Barbican and Assistant Music Director for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. She also performs with Olivier award winning show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
Rob Millett (Percussion)
Rob has worked with many of the country’s leading orchestras, early music groups and in London’s West End. He spent several years as principal percussionist with English Touring Opera, the New Shakespeare Company at Regent’s Park, electro-acoustic ensemble Icebreaker, Sinfonia 21, London Musici, and for the last twenty-one years with Rambert Dance Company.
Rob has played vibes for many years with saxophonist Tony Woods, recording and co-producing the third album Wind Shadows at his studio in west London.
Since 2008, Rob has worked as Musical Director for many of Stephen Warbeck’s productions at the Globe Theatre, and for the RSC’s London run of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. He can be heard playing percussion, cimbalom, tin cans and assorted junk on many of Stephen’s film and TV scores.
Dave Manington (Bass)
Bassist and composer Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London jazz scene and a founder member of the Loop Collective, he has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe including Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, and Gwilym Simcock, amongst many others. He’s in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans and has also accumulated extensive studio experience recording albums and sessions as a sideman for jazz, pop and singer-songwriters.
The band are joined by two tango dancers and a singer…
Emma Lucia Reyes is an Argentine Tango dancer based in London. Classically trained from an early age in Ballet (RAD syllabus) she quickly became curious about other dance styles, exploring the worlds of Contemporary dance, Flamenco, Egyptian dance, Salsa and finally a 7-year love affair with the Argentine Tango. She now teaches and performs in London, around the UK and Europe. In her partnership with Richard Manuel she has found an inspiring creative connection and they continue to produce new works together.
Richard Manuel is a Tango dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has taught and performed for 19 years in 12 countries and more than 140 cities around the world for workshops, festivals and shows including Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 and Midnight Tango.
Charismatic Buenos Aires-born vocalist and guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler has become one of the leading voices of Argentine Tango and South American song in the UK. Since his arrival in the UK in 2000 he’s been performing as a solo artist and with bands across Great Britain in a variety of Latin ensembles.
In 2003, Guillermo founded Rioplatenses, a band dedicated to play and promote the folkloric music from Argentina. They have performed at most of Britain’s major festivals, including Womad, City of London and South Bank Festival.
As a tango singer, Guillermo has recently toured the UK with box-office success show Midnight Tango. He’s currently the vocalist of the London Tango Orchestra, Tango Clasico Trio, Pinta Brava and Los Mareados.
Another highlight of his career in the UK was singing the Argentine Anthem at Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby World Cup.