Orphy Robinson

Marimba, vibraphone, djembe

Orphy Robinson is an award winning vibraphonist and composer. Robinson is also widely known as a multi instrumentalist. Orphy has written music for television, film, theater, opera and contemporary classical music. He´s an acclaimed soloist who consistently works across a variety of eclectic musical forms (e.g. jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion, and funk music).

He released two critically acclaimed solo albums on the famous Blue Note label in the 1990s, ”When Tomorrow Comes” and ”The Vibes Describes”. He has written for the English Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and for the Romanian violin virtuoso Alex Balanesacu. He was Commissioned in 2007 for the UK celebration of the Abolition of Slavery Act, where he was invited to perform solo marimba extracts from his suite ”Routes through Roots” in the Houses of Parliament.

Orphy has also worked with artist as diverse as saxophonist David Murray, Don Cherry, John Tcichai, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Louis Moholo, Nana Vasconceles, Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker, Butch Morris, Springheel Jack, Sonny Murray, Jean Paul Maunick, Kate Havnevik, Neneh Cherry and many others. Orphy has continued working with award winning saxophonist Andy Sheppard and regularly conducts up to 200 saxophonists for Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive at various jazz festivals and other events.