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Faye is an improvisor, performer and composer-songwriter based in the North East playing saxophone, clarinet and voice. Faye composes for and leads award winning band ‘Archipelago’, exploring jazz inspired song forms and improvisation through genre blending dreamscapes.

Faye has performed with bands and artists including Arun Ghosh, Zoe Rahman, Anna Meredith, The Unthanks and Paul Smith (Maximo Park).

Teaching at Newcastle University and Leeds College of Music, Faye also facilitates workshops in improvisation and composition. She is a member of North East organisation ‘Creative Spaces’, providing workshops to isolated communities focused on making the therapeutic benefits of music accessible.

In 2018 as a recipient of a Help Musicians UK ‘Peter Whittingham Development Award’ Faye co-created and ran ‘BETWEEN WAVES’ https://archipelago-jam.com/betweenwaves; a collaborative project for female artists from around the UK to create new music with Archipelago in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2019 her band Archipelago were selected to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival, and Faye was a featured artist on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Free Thinking Festival. UK journalist Kevin Le Gendre described Faye as ‘providing food for thought on what jazz is and can become’.

She performs and/or records with:

Archipelago, Ponyland, Trio FCT, ArchiFrisco, Paul Taylor, John Pope Quintet, Ceitidh Mac, Arun Ghosh, The Unthanks, Gwilly Edmondez, Charlie Collins, Paul Smith, Kleevex, The Midnight Doctors

Listen to Archipelago; https://archipelagojam.bandcamp.com