Chris Dowding is a trumpeter and workshop leader currently based in Norwich.
He plays with the bands Natural Causes and Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead), and leads the Moonrise Trio.
He has led workshops with Dartington (several times – including twice as band-in-residence, with Natural Causes, at their Interrogate! Festival), with Spitalfields Music, and at End of the Road Festival. He has recently been working with the Norwich-based charity Musical Keys on several different projects, including making graphic scores, improvising with apps, and writing songs about Norfolk.
He performed on flugelhorn for Opera North’s ‘Songs at a Years End’ production (about the end of the miners strike, composed by Hugh Nankivell, with words by poet Ian McMillan) and performs regularly at the Vortex Jazz Club and other venues in London, Norwich and around the UK.
In 2018, Chris was commissioned by Durham Brass Festival to compose and perform a piece for solo brass instrument with looping app on mobile phone, which led to the piece ‘you can hear me’. He has also recently recorded for the new album by eclectic and topical brother and sister duo Diego Brown and the Good Fairy, which led to arranging these horn parts for a four-piece horn section with Annie Whitehead, Steve Pretty (from Hackney Colliery Band) and Ben Higham (leader of The Brass Monkeys).
He is currently working on his debut solo album, called ‘This Love’, and several other projects, including Open Worlds – a project that began with a suite of pieces about different places in East Anglia, and which will include field recording and electronics workshops with local community. He has also recently begun a solo project called ‘In My Experience’ including trumpet, looper, laptop synth and Ableton…
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