Ognisko Polskie invites all kids and parents to Musical Moments for Children. This month Yosi Marshall will play Latin American music. There will be free delicious Donuts for all donated by Polish Bakery. The event is sponsored by Dr. Gabriela Mercik.
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Yosi was born in Bombay, India and moved to the UK at the age of 3. He went to Millfield School and then went to study a business diploma. Following that, he went to work in his father’s business as a commodity broker in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 2 years Whilst there, he learnt Portuguese and studied Brazilian music : Bossa nova, Samba, Frevo, Forro etc. He carried on in his father’s business for a further 2 years.
He then left to attend the London College of Music where he studied classical piano with Yonty Solomon. He gave several recitals in London churches as well as performing concertos with orchestra such as Rhapsody in Blue, Mozart Concerto no. 21 and Beethoven Concerto no.3.
He was always interested in jazz, and played in function band, Milesahead, for a period of time, playing weddings, bar mitzvahs and other corporate events. Yosi has studied a plethora of musical subjects, and went to do a PGCE in music at Kingston University for a year, as well as a couple of years studying music for film and TV at Westminster College.
In 2005, Yosi formed the Indo-Fusion group, Ramajaz, and recorded 2 albums, Anjuna and Chennai Flamenco, forming a partnership with tabla supremo Sirish Kumar and working with great musicians such as Igor/Sarah duo, Mazaika, sax-players, Rob Lavers and Dimitri Vassilakis, sitar player Mehboob Nadeem and Indian violinist Sharat Srivastava. Vocalists Siri Svegler and Kate de Freitas.Yosi toured India in 2009, playing at the Jaipur Literature Festival, gigs at the Blue Frog in Mumbai and Chennai.
In 2009, Yosi switched to saxophone and formed the Jazz latin fusion group, Momentum with Johnny P, Kate de Freitas and drummer, Lyn the Skin. He recorded 3 albums : What’s the Vibe? , Acton to New York and Singularity. Momentum plays all over London including the Pizza Express Holborn, the Pheasantry, Cafe Jazz Posk, Bull’s Head in Barnes, Charlie Wright’s and the Spice of Life in Soho. Momentum is always evolving, fusing diverse styles : reggae, ska, jazz, flamenco, tango, funk, blues and indo-jazz.
Yosi also teaches piano and saxophone at 6 schools in London Yosi is part of dance band, The Viski Collective with vocalist Lonette Charles, Paul Viski, Johnny P and Caroline Cooper. They play regularly at the Lord Nelson in Brentford, the Pelly Club in Buckhurst Hill and the Ealing Park Tavern. If Yosi sounds crazy-busy, he is also a part-time qualified level 3 tennis coach, and coaches at the Park Club, Acton.