Mwamba and his vibes
Mwamba is one of the new generation of British jazz musicians.
The Derby-based vibraphone player talks about his performances and
and his vibraphone are a regular sight in Derby’s pubs and clubs,
but that’s the just the tip of the iceberg.
At just 25, he’s already an extremely accomplished musician having
performed with jazz greats, composed for a range of musical genres
and has his own radio show.
first became interested in jazz when he mistakenly tuned in to a piano
concert whilst studying for his GCSEs.
He began composing music before he could even play an instrument;
he claims to be able to whistle and hum at the same time!
It was only when he saw a picture of legendary musician Orphy Robinson
playing his vibraphone that Corey knew he had found the instrument
Corey is self-taught apart from five lessons he received whilst at
the college in Southampton.
Whilst typically humble about his ability, Corey’s performances are
fluid, funky and mesmerizing to watch.
He regularly joins jamming sessions in Derby, plays alongside the
decks of DJ Vuyani in nightclubs and plays duos and improvisation
sets with percussionist Walt Shaw.
Not to mention various ensembles performing his compositions. His
repertoire goes on and on!
cover the whole spectrum of jazz from trad to funk. He's also written
for a death metal band and composed modern classical music for the
Corey’s current experimental project is a collaboration
with Walt Shaw and dance producer Ben Shaw, who is also originally
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Arts, explores the parallels between a conversation between strangers
and totally improvised music.
Conversations between strangers are edited and remixed by Ben and
replayed during the performance whilst Corey and Walt improvise to
the voices. Find out more here.
Corey and Walt are now running workshops based on the project with
under-privileged children in Loughborough and Derby.
They hope to help kids communicate and resolve problems as well as
having fun with music.
Although living in Derby, Corey has expressed frustration at the lack
of opportunities for jazz musicians in the city.
"Most of the venues that have live music have a reputation for playing
rock or punk bands.
Whilst there are plenty of opportunities to play in bars or clubs
with a DJ, that’s just a small part of what I do. There doesn’t seem
to be any promoters around who are willing to take a risk."
that has provided a setting for the real Corey Mwamba is The Voicebox
in (fill in details).
The venue, which opened last year, only hosts acoustic music because
of its city location.
The owner, Colin Miller, explains: "We were conscious there was not
a small, cheap, arts-based venue in Derby with a good acoustic for
good amateur musicians and small groups.
We’ve had jazz, improvisation and classical musicians using the venue
including some really unusual combinations; oboe and percussion, harp
and saxophone as well as Corey and Walt."
Corey’s aim is to give a personal edge to his music whether it’s totally
improvised or his delicately constructed compositions.
He expresses a passion that’s contagious, whether he’s performing
or just talking about music.
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