Maria Grapsa

Athens born, UK based since 2014; pianist Maria Grapsa leads a quintet of young exciting musicians from the thriving UK scene and is set to release her debut studio album later this year. Her music is influenced by cinematic themes; pushing the limits of improvisation within the jazz idiom and beyond. Maria’s classical music background, Greek origins and world, folk, middle-East and Latin influences, all meet the jazz tradition in a unique way. She is a Scholarship Jazz Masters alumna of Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham and a recipient of the Help Musicians Transmission Fund 2021. She won Alternative Act 2019 (LUKAS awards) with her bandmates at the time, while they released her tune (Under The) with Movimientos Record Label. This band is already making an impact in prestigious venues such as Pizza Express Live London, Jazz at the Crypt, Birmingham Symphony Hall; their anticipated album is being released later this year.

Line Up:  Maria Grapsa - piano/compositions, Liam Brennan - sax, Matthew Kilner - sax, Kai Chareunsy – drums & Sam Ingvorsen - bass & Guest singer