‘Emergence‘ is written and led by Phil Merriman on piano and synths. From beats to Bartók and synths to strings, the music draws on influences from Jazz and R&B, to Classical and Indian genres.
The project features a stellar line-up including; Aref Durvesh (Nitin Sawhney/Sting/Jeff Beck), Nadim Teimoori (Stan Tracey), Raph Clarkson (World Service Project), Gustav Clarkson (Coull Quartet/Joni Mitchell/Terence Blanchard), Paul Kimber (Principle Double Bass, Royal Opera House) and Jon Ormston (Southbound/London Jazz Orchestra).
Phil is a piano/keys player, composer and arranger based in London. He has had the privilege of working alongside musicians and artists in a wide variety of contexts across the UK and abroad. Phil has performed with artists such as Alice Zawadzki, Andrew Small, Aref Durvesh, Brendan B. Brown, CeCe Peniston, Dawn Robinson, Shola Ama and Tara Minton. He has recorded with artists including pianist John Taylor, trumpeter Matt Gough, bassists Andy Cleyndert and Paul Kimber, drummer Simon Roth, and longtime collaborator Raph Clarkson (trombone). Phil has performed in BBC Proms Plus events, including an improvisation and poetry workshop with BBC Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan. He has also led education projects alongside Dennis Rollins and Pete Churchill.
Phil is in demand as a music educator. In 2015, Phil was headhunted to work alongside Pete Churchill to deliver songwriting workshops; composing for over 1200 children and 3 adult choirs, orchestrating for big band and string orchestra, and conducting at the Royal Albert Hall.
He holds a Performance Diploma in Piano (ABRSM) and was awarded the Ed Burrell Prize for Performance while studying Music at the University of York where he studied Jazz Piano with John Taylor.