Blake, Steve

I am a (mostly) self-taught multi-instrumentalist/composer/artist. I am a lecturer in music for dance students at LCDS (London Contemporary Dance School aka The Place). I have worked for many (many) years as a dance accompanist at TRINITY LABAN conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. I am Musical Director for Director/Choreographer LEA ANDERSON (Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs), play saxophone, drums/percussion, 5-String Banjo, and fiddle. I perform most weekends for social dances with the following ceilidh/barn dance/square dance bands: Creekside Ceilidh Band (American/British traditional music). Cheap Jack (Southern English). Cut A Shine (American). The Squirrel Hunters (American guitar and fiddle duo). Ceilidh Tree (Mostly British). I also give private lessons in banjo and fiddle. I started out playing in brass bands (on Euphonium) in my early teens. I took up saxophone in my late teens and began to write my own music. I played in rock bands before forming THE POINTY BIRDS. We played our own compositions and had a degree of success, regularly playing support for major US jazz acts and performing at several major Jazz festivals in the UK and Europe (and winning a TIME OUT performance award) before disbanding. I have played, as saxophonist or drummer, with a whole bunch of other pretty great but not so critically successful bands (including MAN AUBERGINE) since this – mostly art-rock. During the latter part of the above I began, as Musical Director and performer, a long and fruitful collaboration with choreographer LEA ANDERSON (Works) that, despite funding cuts, continues to this day. LEA and I have led several workshops exploring the collaborative process between composer and choreographer. I have also on occasion, worked with THE SOFA TRIO (Hungary), RETINA DANCE, AKRAM KHAN, GARY CLARKE, and NEW ART CLUB. I have directed 3 dance theater works for youth dance companies, and 2 dance theater works with my partner, dancer MAHO IHARA (resulting in a Bonnie Bird Award).