Robinson is also a founder member of EDGE (The Shape of things to come) along with Straight no Chaser magazine’s Paul Bradshaw and journalist Jason Jules they Promoted events originally
pitched as a fringe to the London Jazz Festival, due to the success of their first well received programme titled Edge 08 they have now curated events Internationally and across a wide
spectrum of Arts Platforms. In 2012 Bradshaw and Robinson went on to successfully launch the
large scale project ‘The Enlightenment Ensemble’ Sacred music, Sacred Spaces brings a radical
new reading of the John Coltrane “A Love Supreme “ this was well received by critics and audiences alike. Paul Bradshaw has put the resources of his online magazine “Ancient to Future” firmly behind the project that has now undertaken two more sold out performances at the South bank Centre’s “Meltdown” Festival in 2014 curated by James Lavelle. Orphy its Music Director and Rowland Sutherland its Composer. Orphy had also launched a large scale Ensemble “The Spontaneous Cosmic RawXtra” at the Kings Place concert venue in October 2009.
Since 2009 Orphy has been a featured soloist on Marimba/Vibraphone with the Virtuoso violinist
Nigel Kennedy. Performing extensive repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach & Duke Ellington,Vivaldi,Hendrix this has resulted in favourable Press reviews on the 2010 world tour with Kennedy’s newly created Orchestra the “Orchestra of Life”. In 2011 they undertook a world tour to promote the latest album from Kennedy “The Four Elements:” released on SONY CLASSICS while also touring a radical new re- imagining of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. A new album recording
of the Vivaldi project should see a release date in 2015. Another project “Bach to the Future” was debuted on the International concert circuit during 2014 and an album recording is expected in late 2014 with further International tours planned during 2015.
Orphy also relaunched the Brit funk band Savanna at the 2010 Summer Soulstice festival in London. Followed up by a name change “Nu Savanna” with touring and recordings planned for the near future.
2012 saw Orphy busy guesting with a mixture of high profile Artists these have included performing with Pulitzer prize nominee and Trumpet maestro Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith to critical acclaim as well as a memorable appearance with the Uber hip New York Nublu Cafe musicians led by Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions. Orphy is currently touring with “Black Top” a new collaboration with Pianist Pat Thomas with an ad hoc series of concerts featuring special guest artist Saxophonist
Steve Williamson, further concerts have feature award winning musicians Trumpet player Byron Wallen and Vocalist Cleveland Watkiss.
Orphy is the Vice chairman of Hackney Community College Alumni.
Orphy sits on the board of Directors for the reformed Warriors International, as well as the Board
of trustees for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He is a member of the advisory board for Participation and Learning at The famous East London venue ‘The Hackney Empire.’ He also sits on the board of Directors for The Vortex Jazz venue.
Orphy has spearheaded a successful new Education initiative in the London borough of Newham
in conjunction with the Newham Music Hub.’ The Newham Young Peoples Dub Orchestra” was launched into schools in 2013 – 2014 school year. It is hoped that this initiative will be extended
in to other areas of the country in the future.
The group ‘Black Top’ was formed in 2011 by Orphy and Free Improv Pianist/Electronics stalwart
Pat Thomas. An album, Black Top No1, was released in July 2014 on The Babel record label featuring saxophonist Steve Williamson to critical acclaim.2015 will see their 2nd Album release on Babel this one will feature their collaboration with special guest Evan Parker..
A Selected Discography
As Main Artist –
- When Tomorrow Comes, (1993) Album Blue Note Records
- The Vibes Describes, (1994) Album Blue Note Records
- The Funky end of things (1993) Ep Blue Note Records
- Life (1994) Ep Blue Note Records