Composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner
Bobbie-Jane Gardner is a composer, arranger and educator based in Birmingham U.K. Her music stems from a love of African-American orchestral RnB and Soul from the 60s and 70s, Hip Hop sampling culture, jazz, soul and funk.
Bobbie often works collaboratively including working with singer Lizzie Emeh, photographer and documentarian B+, dub-griot Kokumo, visual artists Matt Watkins and Anna Schimkat as well as a virtual community of record collectors. 

"If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys ft. Queen Charlotte's Global Orchestra | Netflix

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Bobbie has received commissions from Vivid Projects, Grand Union, Heart n Soul, Spitalfields Music, Black Country Touring, Onyx Brass and Wild Plum Arts. Her work has been performed by leading ensembles including Psappha, Project Instrumental, City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra and Ethereal World.
Bobbie’s music has been performed at international festivals, including the Cheltenham Music Festival, Frontiers Festival and the London Jazz Festival.

"For Gardner, as a practitioner of orchestral music, and B+ as a documentarian and evangelist, the calling to appreciate, cannonize, and spread the dying tradition of the arranger/composer within the popular music tradition is the driving force behind Music of the Unseen." Allen Thayer, WaxPoetics October 2 2022

An evening of new music at the Cheltenham festival, July 2022

The concertended on a much more upbeat note with Bobbie-Jane Gardner’s arrangement of Odetta’s 1970 anthem Hit or Miss, with Lyon and Cleverton managing to get the Cheltenham audience ... clapping ... along Guardian

Current projects

Music of the Unseen

Friday 18 November 2022, 7pm The Stoller Hall, Manchester

Friday 25th November, 7:30pm, The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Saturday 26th November, 8 pm, Purcell Room Southbank Centre, London
The Edge (Digital Remaster/2005)

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This edition of the project brings together the work of Charles Stepney and David Axelrod, who’ve both released their own material and worked with acts like Earth, Wind & Fire; Gene Ammons; The Electric Prunes; Ramsey Lewis and The Dells. The commemoration will culminate in a trio of hour-long concerts, one each in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, comprehensively interpreting their music with performances from a 17-piece ensemble – including “genre-liberated strings, horns and percussions, with live visuals and experimental film.”
As an interdisciplinary partnership between composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner, and documentary filmmaker and photographer Brian Cross (B+), Music of the Unseen is a collaboration celebrating unsung legends from the composer-arranger world.

Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs

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