Cleveland Watkiss - Vocals
Shanks Putwain - Hang Drum
Jonathan Meyer - Electric Sitar
Ivan Hussey - Cello
Andrew Davies - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Larry Bartlet - Double Bass
Ash Alexander - Producer / Engineer
The Rubber Banned is a project based on the vibrations of the universe, sound, consciousness & coincidence. It is due to the collision of orbits that the four members collaborated on these recordings, pulling on their own diverse musical journeys.
The brainchild behind the idea was Shanks Putwain (Hang Drum & Percussion). He met Cleveland Watkiss while studying at the University of Westminster where Cleveland was lecturing. Shanks made contact again recently and they discussed the possibility of recording together.
By coincidence, Ash tracked Shanks down online at about the same time. The pair had met at high school and hand’t seen one another since 1986. They met up again in Feb 2012 and discussed the missing years, kids, music, stories, ideas and life as well as the offer by Ash to record & produce Shanks’ Hang Drum. This conversation made the connection between Ash & Cleveland as they had worked on Cleveland’s debut album ‘Green Chimneys’ in 1987.
Shanks had known John Mayer (Sitar) for some time, having done many corporate gigs together. Conversations had always led to the possibility of a recorded collaboration, which came to fruition on May 13th 2012 at a studio in Acton, London. Remember this was the first time the four had been together.
What was played & recorded is the core of what you’ll hear on this album. Percussion was later added and as were textures to a number of the tracks by the wonderful Andy Davies (Trumpet & Flugelhorn), Larry Bartley (Double Bass) and Ivan Hussey (Cello).
The work can best be described by terms used by the collaborators: Silence, Frequency, Space, Feeling, Improvisation, The Moment, Freedom, Release, Tranquility, Fragility, rhythms and sounds
What they have created is something more of a sketch than a song, but more of a song than an imprompt jam. The pieces of music do have form and the running order of these songs take you on a journey about life that has the power to calm.
‘SILENCE INTERRUPTED’ - We hope you enjoy.
Shanks Putwain: Hang Drum & Percussion.
Shanks Putwain holds a B.A.Hons Degree in commercial music and has been facilitating workshops, and playing percussion for over 15 years. He is experienced in both the corporate and artistic field and has run workshops in schools, youth clubs, prisons, businesses, privately, health organisations and hospitals.
Artists played with include: Beverley Knight, Emma Thompson, Paul Weller, Mica Paris, Damien Hirst, Level 42, Paul Oakenfield, Jah Wobble, Karl Wallinger (World Party), Lee John (Imagination), Sandy Shaw & Cleveland Watkiss. Previous Clients include: Prince Charles - Buckingham Palace, HSBC, The King Of Dubai, Peter Crouch, Roy Keane, Petra Ecclestone, Lee John (Imagination), Heart FM, Google, U.B.S. Warburg, Kids Active Charity, Croft Centre For Special Needs Children, Crime Concern, Core Arts Mental Health Charity, Ocean, Acklam Playspace, Homerton N.H.S, Crisis, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Portland Prison, Feltham Young Offenders and Global Groove Studios.
Cleveland Watkiss: Vocals
Cleveland studied the voice at the London School of Singing with opera coach Arnold Rose and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band.
He was voted best vocalist for three consecutive years by Wire /Guardian Jazz Awards and was the opening act of choice for two of the worlds greatest female jazz vocalists Cassandra Wilson and Abbey Lincoln. John Fordham, the Guardian music journalist accurately describes Cleveland as "arriving on the scene with a bang”.
Artists worked with include: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Jackie Mittoo, Keith Richards, James Taylor Quartet, Art Blakey, Sly & Robbie, Stevie Wonder, Nigel Kennedy, Carlinhos Brown, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, The Who, Branford Marsalis, George Martin, Julian Joseph, Bocato Big Band, Lisa Stansfield, Courtney Pine, Janet Kay, Maxi Priest, Soul II Soul, the London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Orchestra, Goldie, Talvin Singh, Bjork, Pete Townshend, the London Community Gospel Choir [LCGC]
Jonathan Mayer: Sitar
Son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, Jonathan studied sitar from Clem Alford, Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury, both of Senia Gharana, and Ustad Wajahat Khan of Imdadkhani Gharana. He also studied composition from his father and later with Andrew Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons).
Jonathan is one of the most versatile sitarists in the world, and has worked with artists including: Joji Hattori, Paul Weller, BBC Concert Orchestra, Kumar Bose, Kavita Krishnamutri, Kuljit Bhamra, Erich Gruenburg, Rohan De Saram, Kenny Wheeler, The Orlando Consort, John Wilson, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Future Sounds of London, Sarah Brightman, Noel Gallagher and Sir Paul McCartney.
Ash Alexander: Producer
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Ash started working in recording studios in 1986. He has worked as an engineer, producer, programmer, singer and songwriter with artist, co-writers, studios & clients including: Abbey Road, Virgin Studios, Queen, Pete Townshend, Tricky, Nik Kershaw, Rachel Fuller, Michael Kamen, Scarlet, Kula Shaker, John Leckie, Plaebo, Richard Ashcroft, King Sunny Ade, Henry Manccini, Simon Darlow, Mike Batt, Chesney Hawkes, ITV, Universal, EMI, Randy Bachman, KPM, Edemol.
Produced, recorded & mixed by: Ash Alexander Music
All songs by Alexander/Mayer/Putwain/Watkiss
© ℗ 2013 The Rubber Banned