Zoe Pascal (17) - Drums
Noah Stoneman (18) - Keyboards
Laurence Wilkins (19) - Trumpet, Electronics
Zoe Pascal, Noah Stoneman and Laurence Wilkins met through the young jazz scene in London, and came together in 2016 to create original music, applying their jazz improvisation background to a MIDI based electronic set up.
Their fresh blend of virtuoso jazz and electronic dance music has wowed audiences at Love Supreme Festival, Jazz Re:freshed, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Hootananny, London Jazz Festival (JazzNewBlood), Sofar London, Cambridge Jazz Festival, The Verdict in Brighton (New Generation Jazz), Lancaster Jazz Festival, MFY Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, etc.
More recently they have had airplay on the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Now program.
Despite their young age, their level of skill have earned them already positions on the Top 10 Best UK Young Drummer of the Year (2015, 2016 and 2017) and as a finalist at BBC Young Musician jazz award 2016.
"They next generation are coming through STRONG! @zeneltrio proved that last night with a storming show @jazzrefreshed! @wilkinslaurence blazing on trumpet & electronics!...Noah Stoneman on some insane left brain right brain flex!! Bass synth and keys!! Unbelievable skills!...@zoepascal first played at a jazz refreshed event with his dad when he was 14 he was sick then... 2 years on he’s killing... imaging what he’ll be alike in another 2 years." -@JAZZREFRESHED
"The initial, unavoidable, observation I made was their age – this is a trio of musicians not even old enough to buy a pint at a festival where they’re playing. The second observation, immediately perceived by the entire crowd, is the incongruous level of talent these young musicians exhibit. Coasting through track after track of original material, Noah Stoneman (keys/synth), Lawrence Wilkins (trumpet) and Zoe Pascal (drums) played as tightly and as comfortably as any act at Love Supreme. Their calculated and stylish inclusion of electronic elements throughout the performance was an early reminder that, like all genres, jazz is still changing."
-Love Supreme Review, Radar.fm
"stunning sold-out show... jaw-dropping brilliant cutting-edge music that would have satisfied all ages"
-New Generation Jazz (Brighton)
"I caught a few numbers by the talented teenage trio Zeñel, who were playing on the Bandstand stage programmed by local (Brighton) jazz club The Verdict. With an irrepressible drummer, trumpet, keyboards and a hard-working laptop, Zeñel is a band to watch out for, with a sound both precise and exuberant."
- Love Supreme Review, London Jazz News
"we’re excited to hear what Zeñel are going to do when they visit us in Brighton in 2017 – a hip, cooking, super-talented trio of players who aren’t even old enough to vote yet!"
- Artists to watch in 2017, Jazzwise Magazine
"The show ended tonight with jazz vibes from the immensely talented #Zeñel To be that young and that talented is scary!"
- Sofar London
"this band put in a great performance of original music. Zeñel would have been of equal interest to a 60-year-old jazzerati and a 6-year-old child, and everyone in between.They’re staying true to the tradition of “improvised, social music” while bringing us a fresh sound."
- Matt Pannell (jazzjanuary.com)
"A bright future awaits these talented young musicians."
"And Zenel Trio!!! If any1 gives a sh** about my POV this is one of the most exciting new bands I've seen, lookout!"
- Third Kind Tapes (Brighton Label)
Zeñel (Zenel)’s tracks