“Described as One of the World’s Greatest Vibes Players” (Club for Acts & Actors, London, June 2017), Roan Kearsey-Lawson is a Virtuoso Vibraphonist and “a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer” (Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz, 2014). Prolific across most musical genres as a Performer and Composer. Roan has performed with dozens of famous artists from across the globe, live on BBC TV and Radio, on big festival stages, in theatres, clubs and Cathedrals in the UK and abroad. Roan has been commissioned to record and compose in the Film and Pop industry, he has written and recorded four of his own albums spanning Classical, Jazz & Easy Listening, and in 2018 is writing a score for a film. Roan’s recorded music has been featured in two one-hour programmes on BBC Radio, he’s been album of the week on the Jazz UK and his music has been broadcast in the USA, Canada and Europe.
As a jazz musician Roan has performed with over 100 famous artists from across the globe in all genres of jazz. Naming only a few, the extensive list includes working with Scott Hamilton and Darius Brubeck from the USA and Digby Fairweather in the UK “Whether on drums or vibraphone, my friend Roan KearseyLawson is one those new-generation musicians who restores your faith in the finest qualities of jazz music from Swing to bebop and beyond” (Digby Fairweather 2017). Roan has performed in numerous clubs and festivals in the UK and abroad including the Royal Albert Hall ignite concert series, London Ealing Jazz Festival and many more. In Norway and the UK Roan has performed as a featured visiting guest artist with house bands and leads his own ‘New York Connections Quartet’ with John Pearce on Piano, Paul Morgan on Bass and Rod Brown on Drums, which is complimented by a 2018 album release ‘New York Connections’. “A Truly World Class Vibes Player” (Chris Hare, 2017).
As a composer and session musician Roan has four albums packed full of original music written across Jazz, Classical and Easy Listening genres; ‘Presence in Mind’, ‘Classical Conversations’, ‘New York Connections’ and ‘Romantic Moods’. In 2018 Roan is commissioned to write and perform a score for a short film; the producers hope to show at film festivals in Cannes and beyond. Other commissions include for a Swedish based blues band, a string quartet and solo lines for Trouserphonic Records (including performances on Vibes, Piano & Tubular Bells on other albums with the label) “I wanted to use a string quartet and having got to know and work with maestro Roan Kearsey-Lawson…I asked him to write a score…I wasn’t disappointed. Tastefully scored and beautifully played” (Glenn Prangnell, Trouserphonic Records). “As a composer Kearsey-Lawson has a great melodic gift, plus an affinity with the rhythms and sound patterns of many countries” (Ron Simpson, Jazz Rag Magazine, 2014) “He has a penchant for writing good, lyrical music and arranging it to a variety of styles” (Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz, 2014)
As a classical musician Roan has worked with many top singers and performers in Orchestras and Chamber groups performing on Timpani and Orchestral Percussion in many Cathedrals, Theatres and Churches. He performed regularly at the world famous Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent and for Broadwood Piano festival in Yorkshire. He leads his own contemporary 14 instrument classical group ‘The Roan Trio’ with Duncan Lamont Jr. and Dominic Ashworth, which is complimented by his album ‘Classical Conversations’, “a fascinating, inventive and totally accessible album…it would fit with Classic FM’s Smooth Classics…It’s a virtuoso performance all round” (Ron Simpson, 2015).
Roan also has a classical solo piano album ‘Romantic Moods’ featuring two of his classical suites ‘A Tale of Love’ and ‘The Finchcocks Suite’.
As a Theatre Musician Roan has worked in numerous musicals and shows from ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to name a few,
plus Pantomime with TV stars, and has performed in diverse venues such as Arts Theatre West End, Royal Concert Halls Nottingham (helping the theatre to win an award), the Theatre Royal Margate and many more. He worked for some time in Comedy shows playing Keyboards and Drums (at the same time!) and in Children’s entertaining in theatres, festivals and venues across the country.
As a Pop, Folk and Brass Band Musician Roan has led his own Disco Band, performed in Ceilidh bands and military bands, plus in the famous Fanfar’Folizzz festival in Nogent-le-Rotrou, France. He has also recorded sessions on Vibes, Piano and Percussion in the pop industry, “The Groovy Uncle asked Roan Kearsey-Lawson to create a vibes part for ‘Consider it Done’…laying down the track in one take, in fact it took longer to get the vibes in and out of the studio! Nice! Great!” (Glenn Prangnell, Groovy Uncle).
As a World Music Performer Roan is a member of the globetrotting Macusi Players, performing in festivals on Vibes and Marimba alongside the legendary Guyanese flautist Keith Waithe.
As a businessman Roan is an experienced bandleader and promoter of festivals and clubs. He has written drum books, developed a new four mallet technique and taught drums, piano and percussion privately for many years. Leading many different bands and trio’s he regularly performs for organisations and companies such as the BBC, the London 2012 Olympics, M&S, House of Fraser and many more.
For a full list of Who Roan has worked with, where he’s worked, his composing adventures, education, background, live dates and more visit www.roankearseylawson.co.uk