Ralph Wyld is a vibraphonist, percussionist and composer, whose accolades include the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize 2015, and the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2015. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music jazz course, Ralph is making his name playing original, contemporary music with groups such as Yazz Ahmed’s ‘Hafla’, John Martin’s ‘Hidden Notes’ and Rick Simpson’s ‘Klammer’.

In 2014 Ralph formed his own ensemble, Mosaic, for which he composes all the music. Subterranea, the group’s debut album, was released on Edition Records in November 2017, and launched at the Cadogan Hall in the London Jazz Festival. The album has been described as an “outstanding debut” (MOJO), and “an example of British contemporary jazz at its finest” (Kind of Jazz). In addition, the band played live on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now last year, as part of the Sound Frontiers festival at the South Bank Centre.

Beyond his own group, Ralph is in demand as a sideman. He currently plays with a wide range of musicians and groups, including Yazz Ahmed, Sam Eagles ‘SPIRIT’, Rick Simpson’s ‘Klammer’, John Martin’s ‘Hidden Notes’, Miguel Gorodi’s Nonet, and Troykestra, the big band incarnation of Troyka. Through these groups and others, he has played at venues across Europe, including gigs in the London, Berlin, Manchester, Cheltenham, and New York jazz festivals.

As well as these contemporary jazz groups, Ralph plays with the James Taylor Quartet and recently joined them for residencies at Ronnie Scott’s and the Blue Note in Milan. He features on the group’s release ‘The Rochester Mass’, which is a suite of music commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the quartet plus a 40-strong cathedral choir, horns and percussion.

In addition to the Dankworth Prize, Ralph’s compositions have also been recognised through awards such as the National Festival of Music for Youth New Composition Award, and the Sibelius Young Composer of the Year. Last year he was commissioned by the Lancaster Jazz Festival to write a suite of music on his chosen subject, Swiss/German artist Paul Klee.

Ralph is also passionate about education, and whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music became a Licentiate of the institution in Jazz percussion teaching. As well as being a tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective, he directs percussion ensembles, a big band, and jazz workshops for students of many ages and abilities. In collaboration with instrument manufacturer Percussion Plus, Ralph produced a series of tuned percussion lessons for ‘Sticks in Motion’, an educational magazine.

Press

“[…] lustrous, Gary Burton-like vibraphone sound […] he squeezes swooping double-time lines into implausibly tight spaces. Wyld won two posh British jazz gongs in one year in 2015 – the Kenny Wheeler jazz prize, and the Dankworth prize for jazz composition – and in these tracks it’s pretty evident why.” The Guardian
“[Wyld is] set to fire up the jazz scene…” Jazzwise
“[…] vibraphone player Ralph Wyld stood out for his rhythmic accuracy and panache” FT 
“[…] his playing at times is even reminiscent of one of the maestros of the vibraphone Gary Burton.” All About Jazz
“It’s rare to find a vibraphonist leading the way and Wyld (who’s won prizes for his skill on the instrument and rightly so) does a good job of it.” Kind of Jazz