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About Bob Downes
Composer, Musician, Arranger, Songwriter, Jazz -Rock & Blues Singer (but also composes and plays meditative music)
Bob Downes plays circa 25 Instruments (his main instruments are Saxes and Flutes).
His first LP was released with Philips Records, 1969.
He was voted N°1 Jazz flautist, formed various music ensembles and also was the first to create his own
independent Record Label “Openian”.
He played with “The John Barry 7” band (James Bond Film composer),
Pop Singer Chris Andrews, "Manfred Mann’s Earth Band" and with the Jimmy Nicol Band (Stand-in Drummer of the Beatles).
In 1968 Bob formed his OPEN MUSIC TRIO.
Bass players that played in it were Barry Guy, Barre Philips, Jeff Clyne, Daryl Runswick, Paul Bridge, Harry Miller, Marc Meggido.
Recently: Andy Cleyndert and Glen Moore.
Bob played and recorded with Ray Russell's Rock Workshop (whose artist's name by the way, was created for him by Bob),
and singers such as Elke Brooks, Alex Harvey and Julie Driscoll.
In the 70..s Bob was a member of Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
He also played with the Mike Westbrook Band and the Keith Tippett Band.
Bob Downes had and still has world-wide success in composing for modern dance, for example: The Royal Ballet,
The London Contemporary Dance Theatre (with whom he composed and played live with between 1972 / 82) Ballet Rambert,
Dance Theatre of Harlem (N.Y.), The Royal Canadian Ballet, Australian Dance Company, Miami World Ballet, Komische Oper Berlin,
Staatstheater Stuttgart, Hongkong Ballet.
He composed for the Cambridge Theatre Company.
He also composed for and performed with the Swiss mime group “Mummenschanz” for T.V. Productions.
Bob Downes has performed as a highlight on Poet festivals in Amsterdam, Paris and Rome with poets like William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Incoming critics & Inspirations
“I find your music soothing and perfect for playing during Reiki and reflexology treatments.
“Hallo, dear Bob, thank you for your great music.
"A very special Atmosphere" (Univ. III CD) Harri Fiolka
New CD released: 'LET YOUR MIND SPACE OUT'
New CD released: " IT'S A MYSTERY "
Bob Downes was a name you’d see everywhere in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s – always up to his neck in something interesting and experimental. Last year I tracked down a composition of his for Alphorns for the Probes series (it will be in No.22) and a few months later he sent me an unreleased recording of his 1970 Dream Journey, a great dance composition that speaks volumes about the general musical climate of the time (it’s for 3 percussionists, two flautists, saxophones, trumpets and bass). I asked if there were more and we soon shuffled this compilation together, which covers a lot of ground: from solo to 65-piece wind band, recording experiments to library music and the years 1970 to 2004. And, of course, Alphorns. Several tracks feature the legendary John Stevens, percussionist Derek Hogg and bassist Daryl Runswick. It’s constantly engaging, inventive and a pleasure to listen to; and it’s also a fascinating window onto a (sadly) vanished aesthetic.
Thank you for the next step.
I could chose a note properly on this tune for the first time.
Various ways were tried so far, but I couldn't play improvisation.
"Riding Smooth" is very smooth to play.
It's too strange and marvellous!
I'm very happy to have reached this stage.
Because I couldn't do at all so far.
This practice is more fun than sheet music is read and played.
I'll practice more and more.
I'm very happy.
Thank you very very much.Tooru
"Just found in the attic, a box of DIVERSIONS LPS (1972)
LP & Cover in absolute mint condition.
available from the SHOP."
Preview and Samples to the New Album "The COOL Approach" here on Youtube
Albumauskopplung "FEVER" aus "The COOL Approach" here
New Album released: Blowin' with Bass
“For me your music was always a way out of a common, normal, boring, world”
Maria Dickie (Brasil)