Twenty-four-year old Lilli Unwin is an enchanting and soulful young singer, composer and arranger with an authentic sound, a playful and evocative stage presence and a penchant for intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) from London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was awarded a first for her final recital and the TCM Trust Silver Medal in Jazz, she has been building her repertoire and performing at various venues in her adopted home town, London, including Spice of Life, Brixton East and the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.
She currently leads two ensembles. The Lilli Unwin Band – with bassist Flo Moore, drummer Corrie Dick (“Up and Coming Artist” in the 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards and BBC Radio Scotland “Young Jazz Musician of the Year”) and pianist Matt Robinson (recipient of the Edwin Samuel Dove Price and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship) – blends subtle grooves and story-telling into a cathartic jazz performance. Her project HYLA, is an exciting new ensemble which has been quietly making waves in the alternative pop world with their intergalactic soul sound. They have recently released their debut single ‘We Went Blind’. Lilli is also actively involved in the electronics music scene, collaborating with producer Ben Hayes, whose Hedonia EP (April 2015) – which features Lilli – was widely praised by Complex UK as “dizzying,” and by Clash magazine as “soulful and future facing.”
Lilli is a member of the London Vocal Project, the UK’s leading contemporary jazz-vocal ensemble led by jazz pianist and vocalist Pete Churchill. In addition to regular concerts in venues around London, recent highlights for the group include singing with Dave Holland, Norma Winstone, Nikki Illes and others as part of a tribute for Kenny Wheeler during the London Jazz Festival 2015 at Cadogan Hall, and performing with the New York Voices and Swingle singers at Kings Place and performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scotts.
Lilli is gratefully supported by Help Musicians UK.
“ Lilli Unwin is a talented, bright young star who combines her richness of sound and the depth and agility of an instrumentalist- Captivating!” Anita Wardell
“Unwin is a rising star, with a fine voice, capable of the expressive requirements of a very wide range of material…” The Whitman Review, Wakefield Jazz
“The Lilli Unwin band was quietly wonderful; poised, & imaginative; perfect.” Jez Matthews, the Lescar.
PRAISE FOR HYLA
” You and I is five minutes of sprawling, downbeat jazz -inspired beauty, followed by an almost post-rock crescendo, serving for one of this years most impressively ambitious debut tracks. ” CRACK IN THE ROAD 2014
” We are so fascinated and impressed by their super –groovy joint titled ‘you and I’. ” SCRATCH THE BLOCK 2014
” The five-piece band is without a doubt a promising act which will be talked about in the near future. ” ORANGE PEEL 2014