Finn Peters

Finn Peters

Finn Peters is one of the leading flute and sax players in the UK today. A musician born and bred, he has dedicated his life to perfecting his art.  He comes from a family of musicians, which can be traced back to the 1600s and started playing the flute aged five. Fortunate to be surrounded by famous musicians as he grew up, he decided on a career in music and has been studying ever since. After spending his teens practicing non-stop, he studied musicology at Durham University, then completed a post-graduate course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

His widescreen approach to composition and improvisation comes from working with some of the world’s most progressive artists. Moving to London in 1994 exposed Finn to many disparate musical styles, from which he has created an individual and genre-spanning musical language. He has traveled the world as a much-in-demand session player and has continued to learn about music from around the globe. This explorative nature has lead him to work with such pioneers as Frederick Rzewski, Jerry Dammers, DJ Spinna, Sam Rivers and Sa-Ra Creative Partners, to name a few.

Besides working on upwards of 100 recordings for other artists, Finn has released a number of his own recordings. The two Dr Seus EPs, released on his own imprint, Mantella records, were played in clubs across Europe by high profile tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson and Mr Scruff. Two tracks for Club Brasil, Joyce covers ‘Femenina’ and ‘Aldeia de Ogum’, were championed by DJs in the know like Rainer Truby and charted all over the world as well as getting extensive amounts of airplay. Two co-productions with ‘The Deal’ for Trip do Brasil were also club-land favourites.

Fellow musicians and critics alike have consistently praised Finn’s work. In 1999 his achievements were recognised when he won the London Young Jazz Musician Award. Bansuri, released in 2005, pushed his name further into the limelight. He was described by Straight no Chaser magazine as being “the blazing definition of a seriously heavy player” and by Jazzwise as being “head and shoulders above his peers.”

Su-Ling, his debut release for Babel records, received a great deal of airplay on BBC Radio 1,2,3 and 1xtra. In 2007 Finn’s Quintet won the BBC Jazz Awards Best Band. Mojo Magazine described Peters as  “a major figure in the making.”

2008 saw a successful Arts Council UK tour and appearances at the North Sea and Gateshead Jazz Festivals for the Finn Peters Sextet. The album Butterflies, released on Accidental Records and co-produced with Matthew Herbert was received to great critical acclaim. Time Out called it  “Mesmerising and deeply rewarding…an essential listen **** and The Daily Telegraph, “…a gem of a disc…Peters is onto something distinctive.” He was also nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Composition Award.

The acclaim received for “Butterflies”, which is essentially a jazz album that sits comfortably along-side electronic, world and classical music, illustrates the fact that people are starting to understand the open-minded philosophy of a musician working at the peak of his creative powers. It won the Radio 1 Worldwide Awards for best session in 2009.

In 2010 Peters is working on a project called “Music of the Mind.” This project looks at new ways of generating music using Electroencephalograms and Brain Computer Interfaces

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