Subject Leader Painist and Composer
Born in New York City and now resident in London, Roland has gained a reputation both as a composer particularly skilled in combining popular and classical music.
His commissions have included:
- ‘Rio Amazonas’ - a choral symphony for string orchestra, bass clarinet/flute, harp, jazz trio, mixed choir, and children’s choir. (London premiere Cadogan Hall, London 2017)
- ‘Lansky: The Mob’s Money Man’ – a music drama for jazz singer/actress, narrator, 11 piece band and mixed choir. (Premiere Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 2015)
- ‘Songs from the cage’ – for choir and jazz big band. (London premiere Barbican Centre 2003)
- ‘Hidden (The Children of the Holocaust)’: Music constructed around recordings of holocaust survivors’ memories. For piano, harp, clarinet, trumpet and cello. (Premiere Charlton House, London 2018)
Roland also worked extensively as a jazz pianist specialising in world music. He has played with musicians from far and wide including South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Venezula, Colombia, Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Colombia.
Roland also runs a Jewish jazz group ‘Judessa Jazz’, fusing African and Latin grooves with Klezmer.
Here he is playing solo in a South African mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ5M-dYcUmM