The Tuba and Euphonium make a natural and sonically-powerful combination on their own, and this was proven in spectacular fashion by the night time performance of Scottish duo Dopey Monkey…Utilizing a mix of arrangements and original compositions, beat boxing and wildly adventurous playing, they brought the house down.
On the tuba Danielle produced some amazing sounds while maintaining her bass accompaniment to Martin’s more lyrical line. Most impressive of their own compositions were Plaistow Café Groove and Mulled. The suite of three movements, written for them by David Swan, enabled the players to show the full extent of their musicianship and mastery of their instruments.
Duo - Instrumental
- Danielle Price - Tuba
- Martin Lee Thomson - Euphonium
Dopey Monkey perform a variety of repertoire including arrangements of classical and folk songs as well as creating new compositions influenced by jazz and improvisation. To hear examples of their work, please visit - www.dopeymonkey.bandcamp.com
Dopey Monkey are a Glasgow/London based duo exploring all things tuba and euphonium. Consisting of Martin Lee Thomson on euphonium and Danielle Price on tuba, the duo draws upon their love of various styles of music to create new compositions and arrangements. In 2018, Dopey Monkey made their international debut when they were invited by Sergio Carolino to perform as new artists at the prestigious low brass festival Gravissimo. They launched their debut album "Mulled" in March 2019 and were invited artists at The International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019 held in Iowa City, USA.
Danielle studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with distinction from the Master of Music course and winning the Governors' Recital Prize for Brass. She has since enjoyed a versatile career playing in a range of projects and ensembles including Pure Brass Quintet, Sensory Illusions, New Antonine Brass, Ntshuks Bonga's Ubuntu Series, Red Note Ensemble, The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra, traditional jazz ensembles the Copper Cats and The Red Hot Rhythm Makers as well as performing in the bands of Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Ashley Paul, Bella Hardy, Oxbow and as an extra musician with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Danielle was selected out of over 500 applicants as one of six successful musicians from around the world to participate in the Chilly Gonzales "Gonzervatory 2019." in Cologne.
Euphonium player, trombonist and composer Martin, studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Jazz BMus Hons) and has worked as a freelance musician with a variety of ensembles including The Old Jelly Rollers, Voodoo Love Orchestra, Gypsy Hill, Rum Buffalo, Carnyx Brass and Tàirneach. Most recently Martin appears on Mercury Nominated Jazz musician Laura Jurd's album "Stepping back, Jumping in" alongside Rob Luft, Lizy Exell, Anja Lauvdal, Ligeti String quartet and Dinosaur. He is also a founding member of the trombone quartet Aeris Brass who were awarded first place at the 2019 British Trombone Society Quartet Competition. Martin is a recipient of the Fordham University Founder's Scholars award as well as the Donald Dewar award which supports the brightest and best of Scotland's young artistic talent.