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TOBY NELMS

Edition

TOBY NELMS

James McKenzie-Blyth

 
 

Just the other day, Flyotw made their way to the delightfully English coastal town of Poole where Flyotw sat down over ginger cake and a breakfast brew with pianist and composer, Toby Nelms.

 
 
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Toby first jumped on the piano at 5 years of age and studied under the Suzuki method, a method of teaching music conceived and executed by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki dating from the mid-20th century. Following this, Toby, studied at the Royal College of Music and graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours, becoming the first person in the RCM’s history to graduate with a joint principal degree specialising in composition and Jazz piano.

 
 
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Toby is at one with the piano, fingers fused to the instrument, he effortlessly glides across the chalk and coal keys flawlessly, tickling jazz trills, flattened chords to improvisations of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and his own composition Hadal Zone. Hadal Zone has become the central piece of music to Flyotw’s latest Curate featuring Scrufizzer, Rewd Adams, Josh Bevan and many more.

 
 

Hadal Zone was recently played at the BBC Proms alongside close friend of Flyotw and collaborator, John Garner. The John Garner Quartet dressed the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room with three original compositions.

 
 
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"I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.” — Shin'ichi Suzuki