Luke Bainbridge

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Drums

Location: East


Luke is a drummer and composer currently based in London. Having journeyed from his studies in Birmingham via Saskatoon, Canada, Luke's drumming has reached eminent venues on the London jazz scene, with gigs at the Vortex, 606 Club, Jazz Café, Pizza Express Jazz Club – Soho, Sofar Sounds and Bulls Head – Barnes. He is a member of Rhythms of the City and the Seven Steps Big Band, and has played with musicians including Huw V Williams, Ralph Wyld, Hannes Riepler, Mike Chillingworth and Kieran McLeod as well as hip-hop brass group Dat Brass and Birmingham-based bands Argle Bargle and Odd Soul.
As a composer, Luke has garnered public acclaim in both jazz and contemporary classical spheres, having won the 2018 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the 2017 Compass Composition Prize in association with BCMG, leading to a new commission for the 2018 CrossCurrents Music Festival. Most recently, Luke has formed a quintet project Surface Tension, for which he is drummer and composer. Following their successful debut gig at the 606 Club, and with plans to record and tour on the horizon, this exciting new quintet is set to make an impression within the UK music scene.
Luke is currently developing his compositional concept at the Royal Academy of Music with supervision from jazz educators, Barak Schmool, Pete Churchill, Kit Downes, Chris Montague and Nikki Iles, and contemporary classical composer Ruth Byrchmore. His time at the Academy is with the aspiration to cultivate a portfolio career as a drummer/composer in the London jazz scene. Broader fields of Luke's portfolio include his work as a freelance editor for Faber Music and Schott and private instrumental tutor.
His postgraduate studies have been generously supported by the Universal Music UK Sound Foundation, Wavendon Foundation, Rotary Club of St Albans, Kentish's Educational Foundation, Chizel Educational Trust, Hockerill Educational Foundation, and Split Infinitive Trust.