Aldeburgh Young Musicians
Project tutor

Simon Roth is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer, known primarily as a drummer in the Contemporary and Klezmer music scenes. He up within a family of musicians in a house between an old forest, the M25 and the Metropolitan line, immersed in Big Band Jazz, Free Improv, Classical music, Klezmer, 1960s Pop and a well-worn tape of the The A Team Theme Tune. Simon has performed all over the world and featured on several critically acclaimed recordings, with artists and performers that include Chris Potter, Alice Zawadzki, Vula Viel and Adrian Dunbar. UK Performance highlights include Ronnie Scott’s, South Bank Centre, Kings Place Festival and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Festival appearances include Latitude, Green Man, Shambala and Wilderness.

This year he was commissioned by the Southbank Centre to make Ground & Sound, a series of audio pieces for the QEH Rooftop Garden, made in collaboration with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck and Grounded Ecotherapy. Simon has also worked across theatre, dance and film, and staged interdisciplinary arts events. He works regularly with Play for Progress, a charity that uses music and creative therapies to build healthy and resilient relationships that support and amplify the voices of unaccompanied refugees and asylum-seekers.

Informed by a brief period of study with Clown Master Philippe Gaulier, Simon is working on my first theatre solo show, ‘Behind the Beat’ developing this with Haley McGee. He also experiments in DIY instrument building inspired by Leafcutter John and makes radio shows for Faff FM.