Dozierende und Mitarbeitende

Name: Bates
Vorname: Django
Organisationseinheit: Musik, Jazz
Funktion: Dozent
Unterrichtsfach: Klavier, Komposition, Ensemble

Django was a founder member of Loose Tubes, the legendary British Big Band that was at the forefront of the 1980's European Jazz renaissance. This early involvement with large ensembles inspired Django to create his own orchestras Delightful Precipice 1991-1997 and stoRMChaser 2005-2010. These groups toured extensively throughout Europe to critical acclaim.


The Dutch Metropole Orchestra, Brodsky Quartet, Joanna MacGregor, Absolute Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, and Duisburg Philharmonic are amongst the bands that have commissioned new works from Django. As performer he has appeared alongside Sidsel Endresen, Michael Brecker, Dudu Pukwana, Bill Bruford, Wynton Marsalis, and Ronnie Scott. In 1997 Django was awarded the prestigious Danish Jazzpar prize, dubbed the Nobel Prize of Jazz.


Django was the inaugural artistic director of FuseLeeds04, a new festival celebrating the wealth and diversity of today's vibrant music scene, for which he commissioned Radiohead¹s Jonny Greenwood to write a new work for two Ondes Martenots and the London Sinfonietta. In honour of saxophonist Evan Parker¹s 60th birthday, Django commissioned sixty composers including Gavin Bryars, Sir Patrick Moore, Manfred Eicher, and John Zorn, to write one bar each, and then he quilted these into the piece Premature Celebration which was performed by The Sinfonietta with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton.


Django's theatre music work includes Baby Doll, (Birmingham Rep, RNT, Albery Theatre), The Postman Always Rings Twice (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Whitehall Theatre), Tonight at 8:30 (Chichester Festival Theatre), Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens (Shakespeare's Globe). As You Like It and Julius Caesar (RSC), House of Games (The Almeida), and Campbell Graham's Out There!


In 2005 Django Bates became the first Professor of Rhythmic Music in Denmark, at the RMC in Copenhagen. Here he created stoRMChaser whose weekly rehearsals allowed for the experimentation and development that resulted in his album Spring is Here (Shall We Dance?) LM003.


Since 1979 Django has run a smaller band, Human Chain, now featuring Martin France, Michael Mondesir, and two of his former students Josefine Lindstrand and Marius Neset. Human Chain toured five continents and forms the core of many of Django's larger projects.


In 2010 Django rediscovered his love for the piano and presented his Charlie Parker inspired trio project, Belovèd Bird, which is currently touring and recording.