Faye MacCalman is a performer, composer-songwriter and improviser on saxophone, clarinet and voice. Freewheeling through genre boundaries inspired by jazz, blues-folk, minimalism and rock to name a few, Faye fuses experimental songwriting with off kilter patterns, heartfelt melodies and surreal atmospheres.
Faye is bandleader of critically acclaimed jazz-art-rock trio Archipelago, nominated for UK Jazz Act of the Year in the 2021 Jazz FM Awards after releasing their 2021 album
‘Echoes To The Sky’. Faye is also a current Jerwood Arts / Cheltenham Jazz Festival fellow, and her collaborations include
Arun Ghosh, Anna Meredith, Zoe Rahman, Maximo Park and The Unthanks.
Currently Faye is creating a new AV installation called ‘Invisible, Real’ as part of the Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 combining anonymously collected real life experiences of mental illness with floating projections, sound art and live solo performance.
Faye’s playing and compositions have featured on BBC Sounds, Worldwide FM, NTS Radio and Jazz FM including Faye’s most recent work ‘Redraw The Circles’, addressing classism in music and premiered by Huw Stephens on BBC6 Music, commissioned by New Creatives North.
“Providing food for thought on what jazz is and can become” Kevin Le Gendre, (British Council, BBC)
“Effortlessly virtuosic” – Neil March, Trust The Doc
“Moving…I lost myself” – Huw Stephens, BBC6 Music