Olivia Murphy is a saxophonist and composer based in Birmingham. She has joined the Jazz Orchestra in January 2020 as the ensemble’s composer. During her time at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Olivia was the first and only two-time winner of the coveted RBC Jazz Composition Prize and in her final year debuted The Virgil Suite for her Almost Big Band (13 piece large ensemble featuring Percy Pursglove).
Since graduating in 2019, Olivia has been writing and recording a “mini-suite” for her band Paper Shaped People, a sextet fronted by soprano saxophone, vocals and trombone which will be released later this year. As well as performing her music across the UK, Olivia performs in a variety of different ensembles including Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, Steve Tromans / Olivia Murphy Duo and Break Out Brass Band.
We sat down with Olivia to ask her a few questions about her biggest influences, aspirations and why NYJO.