Rupert Cheek

Music Promoter @CheekyPromo - rupert@cheekypromo.com

Accompanist / Pianist / Promoter / Teacher @PianoTalent

Startups @CheekyStartups - Entrepreneur @Music4Ed

Musician @RupertCheek - Composer @WAKTM

Rupert Cheek: FB Page/Profile / LinkedIn

Performance, improvisation and composition have been means of expression and communication for me. I like music that takes me somewhere, that makes me feel confident, happy, optimistic, proud and/or that makes me shiver, or that reflects the mood I am in. Music has also been, and continues to be, a way of making friends, to communicate and connect with others, to express / be myself, to be part of the world.

Music is quite literally my first language. When I was young (3 or 4), I was still not talking so I had speech therapy. That didn’t have much impact so I moved to music therapy. My parents thought music therapy was amazing. I asked my mum about her memories of my speech & music therapy. She thinks that I was;

Free to ‘shout’ because I’d found my voice / Enjoyed the ‘music’ making very much / Very happy to be communicating with ‘musical’ speech / Emotionally charged because it was something I loved / Able to ‘talk’ in a language instigated by me / Excited by the music,

I started having piano lessons around the age of 5 or 6 and carried on learning on and off with 4 teachers.. As a pianist, I love playing music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Glass, Handel, Tchaikovsky and Mozart amongst too many others to mention.

Music Promoter @CheekyPromo / Soundcloud / FB group & page / LinkedIn group & page / G+ community & page / YouTube / Medium / Pinterest / Flickr / Tumblr / rupert@cheekypromo.com

We help musicians, music startups & businesses to make connections so that they can do what they love. I'm looking for people in London who are passionate about music to join me as co-founder(s) of a music community / promotion startup called Cheeky Promo. Cheeky Promo promotes them through social media, interviews on cheeky.promo, and a variety of events, including gigs and concerts.

I’m organising an arts festival in London to raise money for the UK's leading music therapy provider & trainer - Nordoff Robbins & London's Air Ambulance. Any involvement / support will be rewarded with as much Cheeky Promo as possible. If you'd like to get involved in the festival - as a performer, volunteer or sponsor, and/or with Cheeky Promo in the long term, please email me at rupert@cheekypromo.com

My mum used to play guitar & sing folk music (songs performed by musicians like Peter, Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez).

My dad encourages me to sing with him in various choirs; music by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn et al. I loved taking part in a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius as a member of the Roehampton Uni choir.

My oldest brother gave me a tape of Queen’s album The Works when I was 8; I’ve loved them ever since. I saw the musical We Will Rock You in London twice. I wrote about Queen's music for the films Highlander & Flash Gordon and was fortunate to receive an email via the Queen fan club from Brian May about Highlander. I heard Brian May play at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2004 as a 'Friend' of the Italian singer Zucchero. I went to the same venue to see / hear Brian May and Kerry Ellis perform their Anthems album when they released it.

My next oldest brother introduced me to Cat Stevens, Suzanne Vega, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, 10cc, Supertramp as well as Mike Oldfield and Jools Holland.

My 3rd brother and I started to have drum lessons when I was in my teens. I joined another band around 2004 (Mark on vocals + guitar, Jon on bass was replaced by Jan). We then split, and I started playing with Mark again in 2008, first as a 2 piece a la White Stripes. We were then joined by Sam on bass and carried on rehearsing and performing in London (Angel/Islington, Camden, Canning Town, Kings Cross…).

Accompanist / Pianist / Promoter / Teacher @PianoTalent / Facebook

Piano Talent promotes pianists. And accompanists, composers, concerts, gigs, piano manufacturers & shops, singer-songwriter who play piano, teachers and venues

I studied music at school and then at Richmond Upon Thames College. Whilst at college, one of my music teachers took us to a Gamelan workshop at London's Festival Hall; I later learnt more about Gamelan whilst at Roehampton Uni. The same teacher also teased us with snippets of Minimalism (Reich, Glass and Riley). I was hooked!

I went with my parents (and a German exchange student we were hosting) to see Lerner/Loewe’s musical Guys n Dolls at London’s National Theatre in 1997.

I've seen/heard Glass perform a number of times; as a solo pianist, with his ensemble and with other musicians. I saw Glass' 1980 opera Satyagraha, and John Adams' 2005 opera Dr Atomic (both at the ENO in London). Glass' collaborations with Ravi Shankar opened my ears to Indian classical music in the same way that Glass' collaboration with Richard D James (aka Aphex Twin) opened my ears to more electronic music.

I studied music at Roehampton Uni during 1999-2002 and graduated with a BMus. During my time there, I was briefly in a band although we never performed, was a member of the Uni choir, studied theory, history, piano and composition and wrote a thesis on Philip Glass' opera trilogy; Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten. I also accompanied musicians including "Shades of Harmony" (an intimate female choir), solo singers and a string trio. I also helped a solo singer pass a grade exam singer.

I heard Jools Holland perform with his band at Roehampton, and again at London's Royal Albert Hall. A friend gave me a CD by Jimmy Scott and also took me to one of his gigs,

I went to Kingston Uni for a year to study TV/Film composition. I am increasingly interested in music for media, including film, TV and theatre.

As a composer I produced the soundtrack for a short film produced by Right Charlie Productions (Death (G)row) and a score for a short film (The Spotter, dir. Li, prod. Main), at the London Film Academy in 2005. I am increasingly interested in music for media, including film, TV and theatre and the interactive nature of music for computer video games.

I worked with Sheen Mount School as a pianist from Feb-July 2005.

I joined Mark Chester (vocals / guitar) and Jon (bass) as their drummer around 2004 and then left around 3 years later. I’d joined another band with someone I was working with (Lester on bass & Paul on guitar & vocal) during 2006/7 and left as I moved away. [I can’t remember the chronology of these bassists so I’ll put it here]. After Jon left, we performed as a 2-piece, White Stripes style, then another bassist joined, who was replaced some time later and then we had a 3rd bassist.

Musician @RupertCheek

Accompanist, arranger, composer, drummer, entrepreneur, pianist, promoter, social media manager, piano & drum & teacher. Connect with me @rupertcheek, Facebook and / or LinkedIn.

Although I didn’t do very well academically at Kingston it did provide the opportunity to get involved as a performer in a touring arts event / exhibition called “transit station’ which took me from Kingston (Nov 03) to Edinburgh (Feb 05) and Berlin (Feb 06), gave me the chance to collaborate/perform with dancers / musicians / performance artists & film makers and opened my eyes and ears as to what art and music could be.

I started playing with Mark again in the summer of 2008. We performed at various venues in London including the “Grey Horse” (Kingston), "Hope & Anchor" (Islington), "Dublin Castle" (Camden), Proud Galleries (Camden) and the “Comedy” (Piccadilly). In August 2012 we recorded 4 tracks at London indie label The Animal Farm but it didn't go anywhere and I left soon after.

I accompanied a singer-songwriter called Nix Nugent during 2010-12 - we performed around London - our first Gig was at The Purple Turtle, we also performed around Camden and ventured to The Brunswick in Hove / Brighton once.

I was involved in a road accident in Sept 2011 (which resulted in a broken top jaw, damaged / lost teeth, a bone graft operation from my right hip to my lower jaw and some dental implants), and was treated by the amazing doctors & staff of London's Air Ambulance.

I played drums in Kingston based band Euphoric Recall for between Jan-Sept of 2014. We performed im Kingston (Fighting Cocks, Cricketers) and Camden (Fidler’s Elbow).

@CheekyStartups aka Cheeky Ventures = Hub for music startups in London; Co-working space, Accelerator, Incubator

Startups / founders will benefit from Cheap / Free Co-working space, Mentoring from experienced Music Startup Founders & People in the Music Industry including apps, hardware, instruments, labels, managers, performers, software, venues, Support to run crowdfunding campaigns, VC funding / Angel investors [Who invests in music startups? Who doesn’t, why not?]

How will the space / mentoring be funded? Sponsorship from / partnerships with music / media companies / Grants from foundations, charities, governments, councils. Mass Challenge model = charity model

Why? Help musicians to carry on doing what they love and to earn a living doing what they were born to do. Help people build music startups - Contribute to the music (& creative / tech) industries. Help people get (back) into work (social / economics / education)

@WAKTM = We All Know Too Much is a music theatre / musical / opera based on a book by Chris Eales (with music by @rupertcheek) which is set in the future and explores "questions as to the nature of consciousness, and the future of Humanity, how Mankind might progress, theology, the horrors of fanaticism & religious fundamentalism." Chris Eales studied philosophy & theology (including Descartes & Aristotle). "Questions as to the nature of consciousness, and the future of Humanity led me (like Asimov and others in the great pantheon of Science Fiction), to write a book based in the future, that wondered how Mankind might progress. My Theology background, and my fascination & indignation as to the horrors of fanaticism & religious fundamentalism, meant that these themes crept into the book as well. The title of the book & main character came (literally) from a dream I had in August 2006. The title was intended both as a description of the characters in the book, whose knowledge gets them into terrible trouble, and also as a description of Mankind, and how knowing, learning and progressing (too much?) leads us inevitably to keep reaching, searching, and growing towards a destiny that none of us can really know, or guarantee. We All Know Too much" I'm looking for artists / creatives of all sorts to get involved. You can email me at rupert@waktm.com.

Facebook group / Flickr group / Google+ community / about.me/waktm