Photo by Richard Tymon at the Manchester Jazz Festival showcase, 2019.
Faye is an improvisor, performer and composer playing saxophone, clarinet and voice with a boundary challenging ear. After growing up in the North of England, spending time at school in the Australian countryside and honing her ears as an improvisor in Montreal playing in tiny spaces with legendary instrumentalists, her music making quickly took on this uprooted and adventurous influence, crossing different sound worlds fearlessly and with a raw storytelling honesty.
Blending influences from jazz, folk-blues, experimental pop-rock and the avant-garde, Faye composes for and leads award winning, genre defying band ‘Archipelago’, as well as performing solo and in collaboration with like minded artists across the UK and beyond.
Faye is also placing a growing emphasis on the social impact of music making, and as a member of North East organisation ‘Creative Spaces’, providing workshops to isolated communities focused on making the therapeutic benefits of music accessible. In 2018 with an HMUK ‘Peter Whittingham Development Award’ Faye co-created a new residency ‘BETWEEN WAVES’ for female-identifying artists from around the UK to create new music with Archipelago in Newcastle. In 2019 Archipelago received support from BBC Introducing and were selected to perform at Latitude Festival, with Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music) including them in his festival highlights show.
‘providing food for thought on what jazz is and can become’ -Kevin Le Gendre
She performs and/or records with:
Archipelago, Ponyland, J Frisco, MIR8, John Pope Quintet, Arun Ghosh, Trio FCT, Paul Taylor, Ceitidh Mac, Arun Ghosh, The Unthanks, Gwilly Edmondez, Charlie Collins, Paul Smith, The Midnight Doctors