Band and musicians bios:
Origin is a UK based contemporary quartet featuring Francis Tulip, Vato Klemera, Trevor Boxall and Glenn Charles. Their debut album, Before After All, was released in august 2023, capturing influences from Chick Corea, Donny Macaslin, Brad Melhdau, James Farm, Peter Erskine and Brian Blade. This album launch tour will showcase original composition, award winning musicians pushing levels of development, creativity and musicality; showcasing a unique musical approach.
Glenn was awarded a scholarship in 2015 to study Jazz Performance at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Australia, studying under John McDermott, Dustan Cox and Mark Fergusson. Since graduating and moving back to the UK in 2017 Glenn has continued study under the mentorship of Peter Erskine. Glenn writes and plays for various independent projects and musical contexts, Origin, being one of them. He has played alongside, John Wheatcroft, Julian Ferraretto, Bat Out of Hell West End UK Tour (2022), Andee-Louise Hypolite, Michael Reed and Bogdan Kominowski.
Guitarist Francis Tulip is one of a new young generation of North East jazz musicians who have been making a major impression both for their technical fluency and – more importantly – for their levels of creativity. After graduating with honours at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and winning the Conservatoire’s Jazz Performance Prize, he continues to lead ensembles and play with some of the leading lights on the UK jazz scene. Francis has now joined the vibrant London jazz scene and is studying at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
London based bassist, session player and composer. He writes and co leads the UK based ensemble, the Emily Francis Trio, having been regularly touring across the UK and releasing new material since 2014.
Vato Klemera is a pianist, composer, improviser and teacher based in Birmingham, whose style merges the Georgian folk music and jazz he grew up with. His works range from exploring group storytelling in free improvisation, to pursuing off-kilter rhythms and Georgian folk-tinged bebop-style lines. A frequent collaborator with Birmingham poets, Vato runs Tell It to the Music alongside Amy Coates and Leo Dragstedt – a poetry open mic featuring improvising musicians. He is studying a Master’s in Music Composition part-time at the Birmingham Conservatoire, learning from Trish Clowes.