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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 genre crossing trio ‘Archipelago’, exploring song forms and improvisation through post jazz dreamscapes.

Faye has performed with bands and artists including The Unthanks (‘The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake’), Paul Smith (Maximo Park), Anna Meredith and Zoe Rahman. Teaching instrumental, improvisation and songwriting lessons at Newcastle University, Leeds College of Music Faye also facilitates workshops.

As a recipient of a Help Musicians UK ‘Peter Whittingham Development Award’ in 2018 Faye co-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 2018 after a commission to create new music from Lancaster Jazz Festival, Faye formed a new collaboration between Leeds based trio J Frisco and Archipelago; ‘Archifrisco’. In 2017 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, J Frisco, Paul Taylor, Ponyland, The Unthanks, John Pope Quintet, Gwilly Edmondez, Charlie Collins, Paul Smith, Ceitidh Mac, Kleevex, The Midnight Doctors

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