Byron Wallen

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Trumpet

Location: London


Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute, and drums. In the
mid-1980s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice.
Wallen’s first major work, Tarot Suite, (1994) was inspired by a love of mythology and symbolism, which reflected the archetypal journey of human life through an interdisciplinary pan-continental approach.
Wallen’s study of cognitive psychology has aided his transition
towards conceptualizing music as a medium for healing. Wallen raises
awareness and invokes change by unlocking boundaries through the
nature and science of sound.
Widely recognized as a seminal figure in Jazz, Wallen is an acclaimed
writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, The BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA, and Sage Gateshead. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones.
Wallen’s current PRS commission ‘Anthem for Woolwich’ forges new links between schools, venues, musicians, and residents to strengthen the resilience and promote the cohesion of the community. The album was released in 2020 on Twilight Jaguar records. His current projects involve his "Gayan" Gamelan ensemble. The project focuses on the music of Boards of Canada and Kraftwerk through the lens of the Javanese Gamelan.
Byron's performances at the London Jazz Cafe have been described by Resident Advisor as being “an enthralling celebration of a very nuanced album”. Education is a major part of his work, he lectures in Composition, Jazz history and Jazz trumpet and composition at Trinity Laban, Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall and other
secondary academies.
Wallen has received the BBC Jazz Innovation award (2003) and has been nominated several times for the MOBO award. He was one of the recipients of the Paul Hamlyn award in 2017
After the successful release of my latest album, PORTRAIT: Reflections On Belonging, I would like to use the period of lockdown to put together my next album. This will include reworking existing material creating new artwork design and short videos for online marketing and building a fan-database and actual production of product.