Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist
A BMus Hons Composition graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Cassie is a London-based composer, arranger and alto saxophonist known for her work with jazz septet NÉRIJA, Afrobeat band KOKOROKO and her own large ensemble SEED.
Her most recent achievements features a series of bi-monthly Artist-in-Residence performances at Foyles Bookshop (Charing Cross) with SEED Ensemble which ran from February 2017 until June. Each performance presented collaborations with creatives from a different artistic backgrounds such as poetry and videography. The residency led to being funded by the new music charity Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator scheme, organisation Jazz Re:freshed and crowdfunding to organise a two-date series of performances entitled Driftglass. Both performances included highly sought after young jazz musicians such as Ashley Henry, Yelfris Valdes and Cherise Adams-Burnett alongside acclaimed up-and-coming dancers and poets, the last night featuring renowned producer and DJ Eric Lau. The ensemble has already been highly commended by the likes of BBC Radio 3’s Jez Nelson (“This is what a jazz band should look like in 2016.”), Paul Bradshaw of Straight No Chaser magazine and American saxophonist Greg Osby.
Cassie’s most recent commissions include writing for Issie Barrett’s Interchange Dectet (premiering on March 8th 2018) and amateur London-based chamber choir LUMEN Choir. As part of Women of the World 2017, Cassie arranged two compositions by Joni Mitchell for the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Mercury Award Nominees Eska and Lisa Hannigan. She also worked as Musical Director for the Tomorrow’s Warriors Ensemble collaboration with the Southbank Voicelab for the Royal Festival Hall’s Mirth Control 2017 and performed with the Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble for Women of the World 2016. From November 2016 until June 2017, Cassie was the sole composer for The Old Vic Theatre’s Professional Development Programme (The Old Vic 12) collaborating with up-and-coming theatre makers such as director Lekan Lawal (The Betrayal - The Stage Debut Award Winner 2017) and playwright Rebecca Crookshank (Whisky Tango Foxtrot - Nominated for Best New Play, Best New Production, Best Actress and Best Director in the 2015 Broadway World Awards)
After forming in 2013, Cassie has been writing for and performing with the all-female septet Nerija. This year the band were nominated for the Jazz Newcomer Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017 and last year for the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016. The ensemble also recently featured on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show and last year two of her compositions were played on BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Proms Late Show.
Alongside working frequently within the world of jazz music and live performance, Cassie has also written for short film (Anne Verheij, ICA Best Experimental Short Film Award 2017 Nominee and London Short Film Festival 2018) with her and videogames as well as professional classical ensembles such as the Benyounes Quartet. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Young Composer of the Year Award which led to working with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and after attending her final evaluated performance in June 2015, Max Reinhardt featured one of her pieces on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.