‘THE ESCAPOLOGIST’ 2017 and 2018, Zoe has been concentrating on writing and recording her new album ‘The Escapologist’ due for release later 2018. This will be Zoe’s most ambitious project yet. Comprised entirely of original compositions, that will draw on many other musical influences
ZOE GILBY UNIVERSITY GROUP. In December 2017 Zoe will be performing with the post graduate students of Newcastle University. Showcasing the compositions that have been created within a series of four workshops throughout November 2017.
DUKE ELLINGTON SACRED CONCERTS. Sage Gateshead invited Zoe to be the featured soprano soloist for the spiritual work of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert. With youth ensembles Jambone and Quay Voices, saxophonist Matt Anderson and tap dancer Colette Serrechia. This project was performed at Sage Gateshead and Ushaw College in July 2017
COMMISSION for GIJF 2017 with Jambone. Zoe was commissioned to write and perform at Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival April 2017 was youth jazz orchestra Jambone. ‘The Tunnel’ was inspired by Zoe’s experience of a jam session held in a disused Transylvanian train tunnel. It also included the re-arrangement of Gilby/Champion original “Is It Me”
RURAL TOURING. Since 2016 and scheduled up until 2018, the Zoe Gilby Quartet have been performing rural tours facilitated by National Rural Touring Board, Live and Local (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire) and Arts Alive (Herefordshire and Shropshire)
FLUID ORCHESTRA COMMISSION. Zoe and her husband, Double Bassist composer Andy Champion, were commissioned to write as part of suite marking the 50-year anniversary of promoters Jazz North East for the very first ‘Fluid Orchestra’ A 15-piece ensemble including Vibraphone, Theremin and Viola.
FAMILY JAZZ ALL STARS. London music producers Serious, invited Zoe Gilby Quartet to host the prestigious Family Jazz All Star shows. an unmissable and friendly show, perfect for all the family. Performances of this project include at the London Jazz Festival, Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Cleethorpes Jazz Festival and Hull Jazz Festival
Zoe was selected as a participant in the acclaimed Take Five Initiative Edition XI for 2016, ran by creative London music producers, Serious. The Take Five initiative is aimed at British and UK based composer-performers and is designed to give some of the UK’s most talented emerging creative jazz musicians the opportunity to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world.
“Watching Sideways” was showcased in the 2015 Women Make Music Series. With a vocal loop station and a vocal harmonizer, Zoe has produced a collection of solo vocal arrangements. Ranging from composed song based textural pieces to free improvisation, demonstrating the dexterity of the human voice. She has since performed this project and collaborated alongside free-improvisers, UK drummer Charlie Collins and Japanese pianist Yoko Muira in Newcastle on their UK tour.
November 2014 saw the unveiling of her “Pannonica” project. Performing lyrical interpretations of compositions penned by the legendary pianist, Thelonious Monk. Originally inspired by the 1988 Carmen McRae album “Carmen Sings Monk”
In March 2014 her quartet were selected by a panel of experts for Jazz North’s Northern Line Schemehttp://www.jazznorth.org/northern-line-artists-2014-15/
December 2013 “Twelve Stories” was released. A powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative. The original material on this album is an engaging repertoire of story telling and atmosphere, with the contemporary covers adding an adventurous blend, completing this unique story-book.
Zoë has teamed up with her husband, the innovative and powerful double bassist Andy Champion for a voice and double bass duo. Inspired by the legendary Sheila Jordan, this exciting project has been taking audiences by storm throughout the UK and Europe and highlights her ingenuity in interpreting a lyric.
Spring 2010 Zoë recorded “Looking Glass” on the jazzaction label, featuring her quintet. The composers range from Ellington to Tom Waits with the beginning of Zoe’s original material. This is “The Great American Songbook” and beyond
Zoë’s father, Mike Gilby worked professionally as a jazz trumpet player and arranger for over 40 years. She studied music for two years at Newcastle College and later developed her sound at Fionna Duncan’s Vocal Jazz Workshop in Glasgow. In Jan 2007, Zoë recorded her debut album ‘Now That I am Real‘ with arrangements by the renowned drummer Tony Faulkner.