AYM: Perhaps Contraption
Aldeburgh Young Musicians collaborate with Perhaps Contraption, a multi-award winning, progressive brass band from London. Part choir, part chamber orchestra, part avant rock troupe, Perhaps Contraption create a truly unique musical experience; melding elements of jazz, punk, art pop and post-minimalism with movement, light and performance.
“Completely extraordinary” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
About the artists
Riccardo Castellani graduated from Conservatorio Refice in Frosinone where he studied jazz drumming and arrangement. He currently teaches at Barking Music Service and Waltham Forest Music Service. Riccardo has performed in UK, Europe and USA. He also did research trips to Cuba and India.
Stephanie Legg graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013, having studied classical and jazz saxophone with Gerard McChrystal and Mick Foster.
Since then, she has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts programme, Green Candle Dance Company and Laban Theatre, with venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Wallace Collection, West Green House Opera and Hampton Court Palace.
Iain McDonald has been the Sousaphonist for Perhaps Contraption since it became a brass band in 2011.
He studied the tuba at Chetham’s school of music, then did a BMus at the University of Surrey where he won both the Shoana M McKay dissertation prize and the concerto competition, going on to perform the with the University Symphony Orchestra. He then studied for a Masters in performance at Trinity College of Music receiving the Leverhume Orchestral scholarship and studying with Oren Marshall.
Since graduating, Iain has worked as a freelance tubist/ sousaphonist and teacher. He has especially developed a passion for working with students with SEN (special educational needs) and since 2016 has been head of music at Eagle House School for young people with Autism.
Mickey is one of the main songwriters in Perhaps Contraption as well as in long-standing progressive punk group The Display Team. He also works in an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit classroom (for 13-18yr olds) as resident musician, school business manager and teaching assistant.
Yusuf trained at The Royal College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a classical musician. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio 1xtra, BBC radio 3, Jazz FM, Resonance FM and notably was featured as a soloist on Radio 3’s New Generation Artists program, premiering a piece by Misha Mullov-Abaddo. He has performed at most UK large music venues and festivals with artists such as Akala, Laura Mvula, Lianne Carol, DJ Yoda, The House Gospel Choir, David Rodigan, Roots Manuva, Pharaoh Monch, The Outlook Orchestra, Swindle and more.
Christo Squier is a multidisciplinary artist that primarily works with sound and live performance. He is a multi-instrumentalist (guitars, voice, flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone), composer, performer and producer (both in an audio and project-based sense!). He is artistic director of multi award-winning progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption, who have toured internationally and relentlessly explored unusual musical terrain since 2004. Christo released his first solo album as Squier Squier in 2016.
As an actor/musician/sound designer, Christo has worked with a range of groundbreaking companies including Les Enfants Terribles, Factory, Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema and Shunt. Christo was artist-in-residence at Snape Maltings (2017-19).
Letty studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where she held a music scholarship. She then went on to study at the Guildhall school of music and drama for her postgraduate degree, where she was awarded a Junior Fellowship. She has worked with orchestras including BBCCO, English National Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and working on theatre shows including Amadeus and Macbeth at the National Theatre and Julius Caesar with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
She is an expert in music education and engagement, leading on music workshops with children and young people both in the UK and further afield, with projects in Palestine, The Gambia, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Find out more | Key contact
Matt Wigley – Producer, AYM