Universado Is a jazzy 4 piece band with vocals, percussion, double bass and piano who plays songs that speaks to your heritage.
The songs are hand picked from all the corners of the world (brazilian, swedish, cuban, french, south african, arabic, jewish, italian, angolean..and more) to create a lovely mix of traditional ‘homely’ music. The vocalist, Cecilia Stalin, sings in all the different languages and has a range of different textures, pitches and ways of keeping the songs as close to the original as possible.
Music is a passion that can be traced back two generations in Tello’s family to his grandfather, Geraldo Lorenco Morgado, who himself was accomplished musician/accordionist, composer and choreographer.
Swedish born London resident Cecilia Stalin’s break thru came with Nu Jazz act Koop “Waltz For Koop” ft on Woody Allen’s “Match Point” film soundtrack and her latest album release ‘Step like a Giant’ witch has led her to several bookings with London Jazz Festival, plays and interviews on Jazz FM, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and just today ‘A Love Supreme Festival’ together with Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter, Christian McBride and many more.
Since beginning a career in music, Cecilia has worked on many projects/recordings that have gained excellent reviews and broad international recognition. She’s frequently performing at some of Londons best known Jazz venues like The Barbican, Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, Roundhouse, Royal Festival hall, Spice of Life and The Vortex and has done several tours back in Sweden and America. Cecilia has also done live shows with The Streets, Alicia Dixon, Cinematic Orchestra, Nate James, Omar, recording collaborations with Jazzanova, King Britt, Bugz In The Attic’s Daz-I-Kue, Keyon Harrold & has had music out on labels such as Compost, Wagram, Jazz FM & Universal Music. She recently wrote the lead song for the Max Factor new Xperience Foundation & Mascara TV commercial called ’Shine’.
After living in NYC and sung her way in on the jazz scene she has an array of musicians coming thru London that could easily be featured as a ‘guest’ for her set.
Originally a classical violinist, Tom developed an interest in jazz at the age of seventeen and was accepted to study double bass at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year of his studies at New England Conservatory, studying with renowned bassist Cecil McBee. There, he also played with pianist and ECM recording artist, Michael Cain and award-winning trombonist, Robin Eubanks.
Tom returned to London and gained a 1st class honours from the Royal Academy of Music, since when he has built a reputation as one of the most versatile and in-demand bassists in the UK today.
Over the last five years he has played bass for singer Jonathan Jeremiah with whom he recorded with legendary drummer Questlove from rap group The Roots.
Tom appeared in the film ‘Easy Virtue’, featuring Colin Firth and Jessica Biel, as well as playing bass for the movie soundtrack. He has also recorded and performed with artists such as Gwilym Simcock, Billy Cobham, Gerard Presencer, Famadou Don Moye, BBC Big Band, Kings Cross Hotclub, Nicolas Meier Group and Tim Garland.
Percussionist/Musician through family heritage and through generations. I have grown up surrounded with music and percussion throughout my life. I attended the School of Samba of Villa Isabelle in Brazil where I attended workshops directed by Martinho Da Villa the great composer/singer/songwriter of Brazilian Popular Music. Years later I moved to London where I attended DrumTec (Drums and Percussion Institute in London) where I also studied Popular Music and Music Technology and Sound Engineering.
Collaborating and performing with artists from many musical backgrounds such as Afro Cuban Latin Music to Middle Eastern, Brazilian, African and European, with music styles from Pop Music, jazz, fusion, electronic, house, nu-jazz, R’n’B, Soul, funk, classical and world.
Tello has seen on stage and TV with musicians such as Kad Achouri (UK/France), Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), Ray Gaskins (Roy Ayers), Simon Bartholomew( Brand New Heavies), Ahmed Ghannoun (Middle-Eastern Artist, Dubai), DJ/Producer Benny Bennasi (Italy), Eve Mendez (Uk/Brazil), Bruno E (Brazil), Jo Ngala (Cameroon), Derito Tavares (Angola), Joca Moreno (Angolan DJ/producer), Jonathan Espinoza (Head kandi Producer, Spain) Patricia Marx (Brazil), Joaozinho Morgado (Angola), Lee John (Imagination), Dego McFarlane (4hero, Producer/DJ), Silhouette Brown, Chris Jerome (Courtney Pine), Aronas, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Leroy Burges, 2000black, Bugz-in-the-attic, Agent K, Robert Mitchell, Kaidi Tatham, Noel McCoy, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), David Jordan, Toni Laff (X-Factor finalist), Leroy Burgess, Jocelyn Brown, Vanessa Freeman (Real People), Vula (Basement Jaxx),Nadine charles and much more. Shared stages with Radio Tarifa, Ojos De Brujo (Spain), Groove Armada, Gabriel and Leona Lewis as well as many others.
Ross Stanley is a pianist and organist who was born in 1982 in Frimley, England. Beginning piano at age 4, by a teenager, he was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. Upon leaving Marlborough, Ross was invited to study for his music degree at several renowned institutions including Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in the USA. He decided to stay in London, however, and completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano at Guildhall in 2004. Since leaving, Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him play with jazz names such as Will Vinson, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band and performing in many small and large ensembles – Nostalgia 77 Octet, The Heritage Orchestra. Ross has also toured with Steve Howe Trio, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others. Ross is a Hammond endorsee.
Laurie Lowe has been playing drums since the age of six and has gained experience playing with many different artists in many different genres of music. He began his musical career at Redbridge Music Service, playing orchestral percussion in various ensemble sand had the opportunity to perform in world class venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
While still in his teens, he was also playing jazz gigs as a freelance musician around the London scene. He left Redbridge music service and then completed a one year course at Drumtech.
Since then Laurie has gone on to play with some of the top Jazz musicians in the country such as; Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Andy Sheppard, Mike Mondesir, Robert Mitchell, Zhenya Strigalev and Carl Orr, to name a few, in such venues as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express (Dean Street), Charlie Wright’s, 606 and Jazz Café. Laurie has also toured with the Grammy Nominated American Hip Hop/R&B group ‘’The Foreign Exchange’’, receiving widespread critical acclaim.
Laurie is currently involved in various projects including Robert Mitchell’s ‘Panacea’ and funk/fusion group ‘’Groove Razors’’ led by Polish keys player/composer Tomasz Zyrmont.