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London-based pianist and composer, Raffy Bushman blends jazz with hip-hop on his debut EP “Look Up”

London-based pianist and composer, Raffy Bushman blends jazz with hip-hop on his debut EP “Look Up”. Having honed his craft along with like-minded musicians over the years, Raffy delivered his first EP, the honest and personal story of his lifelong musical journey through Hip Hop, Jazz, Classical, and Gospel, all major voices contributing to his own individual sound.

The compositions are beat-heavy, yet they exude the love for adventurous harmonies and delicate textures. The trio, comprised of bassist Tom Driessler and drummer Sam Michnik, blends the roots of jazz with a sultry Hip-Hop ethos. 

Watch below a video to Raffy Bushman new song “Look Up”, the first single from his self-titled debut EP:

" 'Look Up' is a piece which reminds me to accept life as something which can often be difficult, stressful and painful. All of these things are part of the journey. Don't be afraid. Look up, be brave and keep moving forward", said Raffy about a title track.

 

Stream below Raffy Bushman debut EP “Look Up”:

He has gained praise and recognition as musical director of Unit 31, a music and visual arts collective which quickly became an essential destination for the London creative community.

He also founded The NuShape Orchestra, for which he wrote a National Theatre commission, later performed at Sundance Film Festival and the Tate Modern.

Watch below a video of Raffy Bushman, Nubiya Brandon and The NuShape Orchestra song “All Kind Of Limbo”:

Raffy Bushman debut EP  “Look Up” came out 21 July 2020, via Bridge the Gap.

 

Personnel:

Raffy Bushman - piano

Tom Driessler - bass

Sam Michnik - drums

 

Tracklist:

1. First Man
2. Leap Frog
3. Young and Lovely
4. What it is
5. Look Up

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