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Jim Pywell

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Jim Pywell


Jim Pywell (b. London, England) is a British composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Pywell is a specialist in improvisation on bassoon and melodica, as well as a percussionist in the new Kenyan band Kachumbari Seven. He is also a member of the UK-based song band Nankivell's Optet. Pywell studied composition at the University of Huddersfield, receiving his master's degree from that institution, and his work as a musician draws on a diverse range of influences. He has collaborated with dance, theatre, jazz, pop, ethnic and folk artists, working in various settings such as universities, schools, theaters and community settings. His compositions are performed regularly in the UK and elsewhere.

Pywell has worked in Kenya, Spain, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Turkey, and was based in the north of England for many years. From 2000 to 2003, he held the post of fellow in music at the University of Bradford, a dual role of musician-in-residence and artistic director of the university's extra-curricular music program. From 2003 to 2007, he served as assistant lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, where he taught ensemble skills, analysis of 20th century music, composition and performance. His current [2022] activity includes working as musical director of the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya.

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