Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Orphy lives in London and is an acclaimed soloist working across a variety of eclectic musical forms – including jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, jazz fusion and funk. Known primarily as a vibraphonist, he also plays saxophone, trumpet, drums, piano, marimba and steel pans.
An in-demand and versatile composer, Orphy has written music for television, film, theatre, opera and contemporary classical music.
Orphy first came to audience attention when playing with saxophonist Courtney Pine in the Jazz Warriors, a seminal 1980s big band – the forerunner of the Jazz Jamaica All Stars Orchestra. He was also an original member of the Brit-Funk Band Savanna, which was where he first came to the notice of critics and audiences alike.
Since 2009 Orphy has been a featured soloist, on marimba/vibraphone, with the virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy, performing an extensive repertoire – from Johann Sebastian Bach to Duke Ellington, via Vivaldi and Hendrix. A new album recording of the Vivaldi project is due to be released in 2015. Another project – Bach to the Future – was debuted on the international concert circuit during 2014 and further international tours are planned for 2015.
Orphy is the Vice Chairman of Hackney Community College Alumni. He sits on the Board of Directors for the newly-reformed Jazz Warriors International and is a member of the Advisory Board for Participation and Learning at the famous Hackney Empire in East London. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The Vortex jazz venue.
A successful new education initiative in the London Borough of Newham was spearheaded by Orphy in conjunction with the Newham Music Hub, and the ‘Newham Young Peoples Dub Orchestra’ was launched into schools during the 2013/14 school year. It is hoped that similar initiatives will be extended to other areas of the country in the future.
Orphy has also played an integral part in the 2015 audition process for NYJO membership.