Karen Wimhurst - Clarinets
Karen is a superb clarinettist and bass clarinettist who fuses her experience of traditional music, jazz and free jazz into a sound of her own. She also plays with Pagoda and PLF on the folk circuit and with the free jazz ensemble Zaum (‘the most exciting group operating in Europe today’ The Penguin Guide to Jazz 2006). As an established composer she has been commissioned by major ensembles such as Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Manchester Camerata and others.
Robin Walter - Guitar
Robin has played guitar for many years, and is interested in a variety styles. The delicious harmonies of jazz have always been a particular source of delight. Robin formed Misbehavin' with Karen and Helen in 2001. He has contributed several songs to the band's repertoire, including Some Other Time, The World is Wrong and Counterpoint. He has recently developed a rather surprising sideline in ukulele, teaching and leading groups in Dorset and Wiltshire. By day, he works with trees - the best of both worlds.
James Budden - Bass
James Budden is decribed by the industry as a superb and inventive double bass player and has been a 'go to' player for many professional bands across the UK. James is also an experienced tutor with particular sesiitivity towards singers. James is also enjoying a succesful musical career after 10 years as a commercial artist, although he still finds time to paint and teach art.
Helen Porter - Vocalist
Helen, a singer of impressive versatility, has been described varyingly as ‘downright seductive’, ‘gritty’, ‘sensuous’ and ‘athletic’. As a composer and music facilitator, Helen has worked on projects with the Royal Opera House (ROH2) including “Twitterdaemmerung”, “Carbon Copy Cabaret” and “Exposure”. As a musical director and vocal coach she has worked in theatres including the National Theatre, Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, and for choirs and vocal ensembles all over the country. She teaches singing for Plymouth University as well as privately, and runs singing master classes, courses and workshops from her home in the Tamar Valley, Cornwall, throughout the year.