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Bucks signs pianist and composer Robert Mitchell to admin deal

Bucks Music Group has signed pianist and composer Robert Mitchell to a worldwide administration deal. 

Although his reputation was forged in jazz, Mitchell defies genre and crosses over into a full spectrum of musical and literary expression.

Mitchell began serious piano studies at the age of six. Blending this with a listening love of soul, R&B and popular music of the 70s and 80s, he began to develop his own sense of musical expression.

He obtained a BSC degree at City University in London, which included a course of study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Mitchell began to emerge as an important member of the London scene with two groups, Quite Sane and Tomorrow’s Warriors, in the early 90s. He went on to become involved with internationally known figures from both sides of the Atlantic, including Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson.

Over his nearly 30-year musical journey, Robert Mitchell has released 10 albums of his own projects, participated in over 100 projects as a sideman and has performed in 40 countries.

These days his primary focal points include his long-running ensemble Panacea; his trio Epiphany 3, with special guest dancer Masumi Endo; new electronic/song ensemble True Think (Truth Inc./Truth Ink); and solo performance. He also continues to work with French saxophone great Julien Lourau, brilliant US singer Alicia Olatuja, UK giant Courtney Pine CBE, Cuban violinist legend Omar Puente and vibes master Orphy Robinson, as well as in duos with Shirley Smart and Jason Rebello.

He has recently recorded on albums/EPs by Julien Lourau and the legendary Courtney Pine CBE, US sax firebrand James Brandon Lewis, and in a duo with Shirley Smart. Two new albums and a second book of poetry are on the way.

Mitchell’s latest album ‘The Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care’ is his 10th and first live solo album. One of his songs, Better Time, Better Place, will also be included in a new opera by Carleen Anderson titled Melior Opus Griot (A Futuristic Opera).

His most recent engagement is as Musical Director for a revival/celebration of the BBC programme Jazz 625 - broadcast live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Robert led the house band, featuring special guests including Gregory Porter, Joshua Redman and Charlie Watts. The show received the Broadcast Award for best musical programme in 2020.

Mitchell is now a Jazz Piano Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Jazz, Improvisation, Composition at LPMAM. He sits on the Ivors’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, Jazz and is Chair of the Educational Publishing Steering Committee. He is also member of the Black Lives in Music (Task Force) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama EDI Committee.

Mitchell said: “What an honour to join the incredible Bucks Music Group. The catalogue speaks strongly for itself - the heritage of creativity across genres and around the world is rich and epic. I am hugely looking forward to us working together!”

Bucks Music Group A&R Rhiannon Bramley said: “We are delighted to have signed Robert; he is such a unique talent with a wealth of experience behind him and can’t wait to start working with him and finding new and exciting opportunities for his music.”

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