NYJO & Trinity Laban Announce New Award

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NYJO and Trinity Laban pledge to support each other to ensure diversity, inclusivity and accessibility within jazz education.

This new initiative includes the NYJO-Trinity Laban Award, in support of a talented young musician studying on the conservatoire’s Jazz degree programme. 

As two leading music education organisations based in SE-London for 2021 and beyond, we will work together to design and implement a range of activities and projects to benefit all age groups in their surrounding local communities of Greenwich, Lewisham and Woolwich.

At the core of this relationship is the NYJO-Trinity Laban Award. The NYJO-funded annual award will support one talented young musician studying Jazz at Trinity Laban. The inaugural recipient is first year jazz student David Ijishakin.

“We are proud to be working with NYJO to further our commitment to widening access for talented and dedicated jazz stars of the future like David Ijishakin.

In recent years, Trinity Laban has become a hothouse for the London jazz scene, with graduates such as Moses BoydLaura Jurd and Nubya Garcia enjoying critical and commercial success through their artistic excellence and originality.

With the support of NYJO and their inspirational nationwide educational work, we are excited to build on our reputation as a future-focussed and socially engaged conservatoire and explore the ways in which our newly formed strategic relationship will continue to promote the exciting, engaging and inspirational musical genre of jazz.”

Anthony Browne, Principal of Trinity Laban

Before joining the Trinity Laban Jazz Department this September, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David, aka Akin Soul, founded the 12-piece band Akin Soul & The Soul Tribe. The band have performed at BBC Music Day at Pop Brixton and All Points East Festival.

“I feel very privileged to receive the NYJO-Trinity Laban Award. I’m excited for what is to come within these next few years of growth as a musician and an individual. I’m very appreciative of the support I’m receiving from both NYJO and Trinity Laban on this journey.”

David Ijishaki (Akin Soul)
Watch the official music video for “I Want You” performed by Akin Soul.

Following the release of David’s debut single “I Want You”, the 18-year-old, South-Londoner’s hotly anticipated second track ‘Burning Fire’ is due for release in November.

“I have long admired Trinity Laban’s approach to jazz education, and the conservatoire’s Head of Jazz Hans Koller has added a unique dimension to it with his thoughtful approach, so I was absolutely delighted when the idea of this scholarship emerged in conversation between us while discussing ways that NYJO and TL could collaborate more closely.

We share similar attitudes and values around this wonderful art form, and I am sure this is the only the start of a broader partnership. I’m particularly pleased that we’re able to help such a deserving young local resident.”

Nigel Tully, NYJO Executive Chair

Massive congrats to David/Akin Soul and everyone involved in putting this together. Look out for future updates later in the year!

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