Gwilym has a longstanding trio with Yuri Goloubev on double bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums.
Born in Moscow Yuri studied at the Central School of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory gaining a Masters degree in 1995 in Double Bass. He had already won first prize in the All-Soviet Union Student Competition in 1990 and as result became Principal Bass with the Ensemble XXI Chamber Orchestra from 1990 – 1991, then played with the famous Bolshoi Opera, and from 1992 – 2004 was Principal Bass with one of the world’s most noted chamber orchestras – The Moscow Soloists, directed by Yuri Bashmet. In 2002 Yuri became the youngest bass player ever to be awarded the prestigious title of Honoured Artist of Russia.
As a classical player he collaborated with many world famous musicians: Yuri Bashmet, Mario Brunello, Sarah Chang, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Shlomo Mintz, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Thomas Quasthoff, Uto Ughi and Maxim Vengerov and performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, London’s Barbican, Berlin Philarmonie, Sydney Opera House and many more. He also wrote jazz and chamber music works and bass transcriptions and arrangements, published in Russia, Germany and the United States, and recorded for EMI and Sony Classical.
Meanwhile Yuri turn his attention to jazz and began performing in clubs and festivals as a jazz bassist as well. His enthusiasm for jazz finally led him to all but abandon his classical career and devote himself to jazz as a performer and composer and in 2004 Yuri moved to Milan joining the Jazz faculty of Centro Professione Musica and in 2010 became Jazz Double Bass Professor at Trento State Conservatory.
Yuri is unique on making the near impossible switch classical to jazz. His fluid playing, often likened to a wind instrumentalist, is immediately recognisable. His compositions and his instrumental abilities have been featured on nearly 100 CDs to date released by labels such as ACT, Universal, Abeat, Red Records, Basho and many more.
Collaborations include: Bob James, Kenny Werner, Ralph Towner, Gwilym Simcock, Julian Arguelles, Paolo Fresu, Tim Garland, Enrico Pieranunzi, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Klaus Gesing, Rosario Giuliani, Rick Margitza, Asaf Sirkis and many others.
He is currently on the faculty of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he teaches Jazz Double Bass and Harmony He also teaches Double Bass at King’s College in Taunton, Wells Cathedral School and Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians, a division Guildhall School.
Born in Israel, Asaf started his professional career as a drummer in the late 80’s and played with some of Israel’s Jazz luminaries such at Harold Rubin and Alber Beger. A few years after the recording of his first solo album ‘One Step Closer’ Asaf relocated to the Netherlands, France and finally settled in London around 1999 where he soon became one of the most active Jazz drummers around. During that time Asaf became a founder member of Gilad Atzmon’s ‘Orient House Ensemble’ and started his long time collaborations with renown saxophonist Tim Garland and pianist Gwilym Simcock. Asaf has been leading his own bands and projects such as ‘Asaf Sirkis & the Inner Noise’ – a band of an unusual line up of church organ, guitar and drum as well as the Asaf Sirkis Trio. He has been touring worldwide and recorded over 100 albums as a sideman, collaborator and as a leader. Asaf have been playing with many renown jazz and world music artists such as: Dave Holland, Jacob Collier, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, John Abercrombie, Bob Sheppard, Norman Watt-Roy (off the Blockheads), Wilco Johnson, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Natacha Atlas, Dave Liebman, David Binney, Gary Husband, pianist John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard and many more.