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Gemma is a professional, heartfelt, incisive and engaging double bassist, violinist, piano accordionist, poet, visual artist and freelance writer, who charges fair and appropriate rates. She is available for gigs, recordings and commissions.

"Gemma Boyd is definitely a true artist with a real passion for her work." - Louis Royer (musician, poet, composer and leader of Cortezia - a French Canadian band of which Gemma is a member.)

Gemma performs as a professional musician both in England and in Paris, France.

CLASSICAL - DOUBLE BASS

Verdi's 'Requiem' - Chichester Cathedral
Lewes Concert Orchestra
John Rutter's 'Birthday Madrigals' with Brighton Chamber Choir (2008 - Brighton Festival)
'Il Travatore' headed by Italian soprano, Irene Cerbonicini and conducted by Simon Gray (May 2011 - Brighton Fringe Festival)
The University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra
Classycool (2009 - Covent Garden, London)
The 12.12.12 Underground Orchestra Challenge (January 2013 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire)

MUSICAL THEATRE - DOUBLE BASS

Gilbert and Sullivan operas - Chichester Amateur Operatic Society
'The Merry Widow' - Littlehampton Player's Operatic Society
Simon Gray and Carole Todd's Music 2000 production of 'The Mikado' (2009 - Barn Theatre, Southwick)
Brighton Theatre Group's 'Beauty And The Beast'(June 2010 - Theatre Royal, Brighton)
'The Merry Widow,' 'The Magic Flute,' 'Titanic - The Musical' and 'Die Fledermaus,' conducted by Simon Gray - Southwick Opera

JAZZ - DOUBLE BASS (IN ENGLAND)

Walsall Youth Jazz Orchestra
Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra
Brighton Jazz Co-op
1930s and '40s swing jazz and blues five-piece band called The Priory Street Stardusters (Piers Clark - gtr., Annie Schutt - vc., Daniel Rehahn - tbn., and John Pargeter - sax., and cl.) which gigged at local farmer's markets, pubs, jazz clubs and private functions (2007 - 2012 - Brighton and the South East)
Art Themen Quartet (July 2011 - 27th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival)
Gigs with Ann Odell (pf. and vc.)
Sussex Jazz Orchestra big band
Straight No Chaser big band (Brighton)
Bass, Bone & Blue (Piers Clark - gtr. and Daniel Rehahn - tbn.)
The Pete Godfrey and Pals Trio (Pete Godfrey - pf. and Roy Leith - sax.)
The Brighton Jazz Apples / Remember April bossa nova band (Matt Wall - gtr., Ela Southgate - vc., and Robin Watt and Roy Gee - sax.)
Just Friends Trio (Terry Whitney - pf. and Norman Evans - sax.)
Gemma's Jazz (Piers Clark - gtr. and George N. Paterson - tpt. and vc.)
The Swing Thing Duo (Matt Wall - gtr.)
The Vintage Hot Five 1920s and '30s jazz quintet (Andy Woon - tpt., Johnny Muxlow - perc. and George Levy -cl.)
The Tom Creed Trio (Diego Parada - gtr. and Tom Creed - sax. and cl.)
Early-Bird Special western swing and cowboy jazz band (lead by Piers Clark - gtr. and vc.)
Tangerine Duo (Nils Solberg - gtr. and vc.)
Bass & Bone Duo (Daniel Rehahn - tbn.)
'Poetry In The Park' (August 2011 - Coronation Gardens, Leyton, East London)
Solo double bass set (which includes singing and bowing) for older people at Oakfield Lodge (January 2012 - Ilford, East London)

JAZZ - DOUBLE BASS (IN PARIS)

SEPTEMBER 2010

Solo double bass set outside the Pompidou Centre
Busked with Daniel Rehahn (tbn.) on the terraces of Le Nouveau Carillon and Le Saint Jean, Abbesses, Montmartre, and on a bridge over the Seine near Notre Dame
Jam session at Autour De Midi... Et Minuit, rue Lepic, Montmartre, headed by the Laurent Epstein Trio
Duet version of 'Autumn Leaves' with Riccardo Del Fra (Chet Baker's double bassist) at CNSMDP (the Paris Conservatoire)

MARCH 2011

Gig with songwriter, Richard Lewis's band at Les Disquaires, Bastille
Solo double bass set at Chez Adel, rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
Trio with Peter Conua - vn., and Eirik Zahl - gtr. and vc., playing klesma, Russian, Scottish and Irish folk, gypsy jazz, polka, latin and jazz standards at Chez Adel, on the terraces of Montmartre, on the Paris Métro, Corcoran's Irish pub and Kakoo Bar in Montmartre
Concerts at Chez Adel with songwriter and guitarist, Mateo, accordionist and vocalist, Clara Moreau and guitarist and singer, Claudio Zaretti
Jam sessions at La Miroiterie artist's squat, rue Ménilmontant, with Herman Mehari (tpt.) of contemporary jazz trio, Diverse, and at Hôtel d'Aubusson, rue Dauphine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with a jazz quartet headed by pianist-composer, Christian Brenner

NOVEMBER 2011

Concerts at Chez Adel with Mateo, Claudio Zaretti, jazz pianist Bernard Trillat, and pop and French song singer, Chloé Cassandre and band
Solo double bass set at Place des Abbesses, Montmartre
Busked with tenor saxophonist, Laurent Carrier, in Montmartre
Substitute double bassist with Louis Royer's French Canadian band, Cortezia

FEBRUARY - MAY 2012

Played with the George Washingmachine Quartet at Caveau de la Huchette
Concert of jazz standards at Chez Adel with Bernard Trillat (pf.)
Played on the terraces of Montmartre and at Place des Vosges in a duo with Peter Conua (vn.)

FOLK - VIOLIN (IN ENGLAND)

Solo 'folk' violin set of French Canadian reels, Shetland reels and traditional Scots and Irish Hornpipe music all around London (from summer 2012)
Solo 'folk' violin set on London Underground as part of the London Underground Busking Scheme

FOLK AND JAZZ - VIOLIN (IN PARIS)

FEBRUARY AND AUGUST 2013

Solo 'folk and jazz standards' violin set on the terraces of Montmartre
Concert at Le Zèbre dans le Patio with Bernard Trillat (pf.)

FOLK AND JAZZ - PIANO ACCORDION (IN ENGLAND)

Solo 'folk and jazz standards' piano accordion set all around London (from winter 2012)

FOLK AND JAZZ - PIANO ACCORDION (IN PARIS)

NOVEMBER 2013

Solo 'folk and jazz standards' piano accordion set in Montmartre and at Chez Adel

Gemma Boyd   Gemma Boyd, London, Britain (UK)

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