The pianist, composer and founder of Sergei Istrati Trio was born in Latvia. As a young boy Sergei studied classical music at P.Jurjana Music School. After graduation he moved to the UK and continued his studies at Leeds College of Music where he received his diploma in Jazz Piano. During that time he was inspired by great musicians and created his first jazz band with whom he performs with, across England.
He moved to London where he created his band and started to record their first CD in 2013, together with Rob Statham and Neil Huxtable.
Rob is a professional bass player, writer, arranger, and educator of over twenty five years standing with extensive experience which includes appearing on many albums and broadcasts, and appearances at many prestigious venues throughout the UK, Europe, and beyond.
Rob studied at the Guildhall School of Music before commencing his professional career, since when he has been in demand in many diverse musical areas, from jazz and blues to pop and rock, and even appearing with the world renowned Halle Orchestra in 2007 under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. He has played and recorded with jazz artists such as John Etheridge and Ian Carr, soul and blues singers like Ruby Turner and Mojo Buford (B.B.King), rock legends such as Keith Emerson and Ian Anderson, and has also performed with violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy and ex-Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern amongst others.
A member of the Performing Rights Society, Rob has had his own compositions recorded and broadcast by various artists, and was recently featured on Radio 3 in a tribute to jazz artist Ian Carr, working with world renowned writer and arranger, Mike Gibbs. He is also an educator and teacher of many years standing, both in a private capacity and as a staff member at Tech Music School, an international music school based in west London.
Neil began his musical studies with the piano but his interest soon moved to the drums. On graduating The Percussion Institute of Technology in California in 1985 Neil moved to London in order to embark on a professional career. Initially breaking into the rock scene Neil spent several years with the band The Hurters alongside Neil Murray and Micky Moody of Whitesnake fame as well as a short stint with Adrian Smith’s band The Untouchables. Neil’s real passion however is for jazz and world music and has played with a myriad of jazz musicians including Frank Gambale, Jim Mullen and Tim Garland as well as numerous African and Latin artists. Along the way Neil has recorded and toured with numerous pop, soul and funk bands including the likes of Geno Washington, Dr and The Medics and the Atlantic Soul Machine.
Neil is also a well respected teacher and has taught at the London College of Contemporary Music and The Musicians Institute in Wapping where he was head of the percussion department for 7 years.