Rowland Sutherland Resume

      Rowland Sutherland

Flautist Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music and classical ensembles, jazz groups, symphony orchestras, various non-Western groups, pop outfits and as a soloist. Many of Rowland's solo contemporary flute performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, London.

He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, North Sea Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Chatelet Les Halles and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Rowland studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama mainly with Kathryn Lukas and also Peter Lloyd, Phillipa Davies and Edward Beckett. He participated in master classes given by the late Geoffrey Gilbert. He studied jazz with the late jazz pianist Lionel Grigson.

Other new music ensembles and dance companies Rowland has played and recorded with include: New Music Players, Icebreaker, Ixion, Lontano, Uroboros, London Musici, Music Projects/London, Phoenix Dance, Jazz Xchange Music and Dance and Rambert Dance Company.

Rowland made his BBC Prom debut as soloist during its 2006 season performing Steve Reich, for his 70th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall.

As a freelance musician Rowland is also active in the orchestral field and has played with such orchestras as: Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, London Philharmonic, B.B.C. National Orchestra Of Wales, European Community Chamber, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and B.B.C. Radio.

Rowland Sutherland fronts his own band, the critically acclaimed Mistura, who perform Brazilian jazz fusion. Their album, Rowland Sutherland's Mistura - ‘Coast to Coast' is on the FMR label.
He was voted the number one Flutist in the Brazilian newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa (“Press Tribune”) in The 24th Annual Jazz Poll.

Rowland's jazz experience has led him to work with some renowned artists. These include: tours with the legendary US saxophonist / bass clarinetist David Murray; recording with African master drummer Gaspar Lawal; playing with the ‘Rebirth Brass Band' from New Orleans; recording with Pops Mohamed, master percussionist from Southern Africa; an historic flute concert with Frank Wess and Ali Ryerson during the 1995 London Jazz Festival, and in 1996 his tour with the Phoenix Dance Company concluded with performances at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Rowland has also performed on stage with Airto, Dom Um Romao, Dennis Rollins, Flora Purim, Denys Baptiste, Zoe Rahman, Cleveland Watkiss, Byron Wallen, Craig Harris and Guy Barker among many other celebrated jazz artists.

As bandleader, Rowland's Project ‘Creative Force' the six piece Caribbean nu jazz group, features Orphy Robinson on vibes and electronics.
Rowland's quintet ‘In Kimbe', with Sardinian vocalist Filomena Campus, explores Mediterranean and Brazilian jazz and free improv.
His group Myrtle with Alwynne Pritchard on vocals and Thorolf Thuestad on computer explores free form , electronics and experimental arrangements of jazz and traditional numbers.

Rowland was a member of several eminent jazz outfits. These included the big band Jazz Warriors founded by the prominent saxophonist Courtney Pine obe and Orphy Robinson's Sextet Annavas, appearing on their album When Tomorrow Comes released by the legendary Blue Note label.
Rowland also performed in the colourful 11 piece jazz ensemble led by soprano and tenor sax player Mark Lockheart, The Scratch Band. Rowland uses all four flutes in the large contemporary jazz ensemble, Arrange of Space, directed by composer Issie Barratt. He also solos with ex Art Blakey Jazz Messenger saxophonist Jean Toussaint in the dynamic raga 'n' beats Indian group Shiva Nova.

Rowland's involvement with Brazilian music led him to play and record with Olodum, from Bahia, Brazil, (who appeared on Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints album of 1992 & Michael Jackson's album History) and a number of influential Brazilian artists including:
the legendary ex Weather Report drummer and percussionist Dom Um Romao, the cult singer/songwriter Joyce and the renowned multi-percussionist Nana Vasconcellos. He has also appeared on stage with composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal and vocalist Flora Purim.

In addition to the above, as a session musician, Rowland has enjoyed guesting on flutes for various artists' recordings over the years such as: George Benson, Incognito, Mezzoforte, MC Solaar, Keziah Jones, Melanie C, Roland Gift, Omar, Marc Almond, William Orbit, Ed Harcourt and Colonial Cousins. Rowland has also participated in various radio, TV and film soundtracks.

Rowland is a flute professor at the Trinity College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As an educator he has given consultations, workshops and coached at the Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Sussex, York and Durham Universities as well as The Centre for Young Musicians

Updated:  May 4, 2008

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