Element is a collaborative trio, featuring Ralph Wyld on vibes, Flo Moore on bass and Rod Oughton on drums.
The trio's repertoire consists mainly of original music written by the members, and benefits from their differing compositional approaches. In addition, Element perform some pieces from other musicians, including Joe Locke and Pascal Schumacher, with which the members have a personal connection.
Since making its debut in early 2013, Element has performed at venues including Dempsey's in Cardiff and the historic 606 Club in London.
Ralph Wyld is a vibraphonist, percussionist and composer who, despite his young age, has extensive musical experience. He has performed, and had his music performed, in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, Ronnie Scott's and at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, amongst many others, some of which have been broadcast on BBC television and radio. He has been fortunate enough to play alongside musicians such as Gerard Presencer, Kenny Wheeler, Nikki Iles and the James Taylor Quartet. A former principal percussionist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Ralph has toured Europe, Brazil and China, including a concert in the Beijing International Festival. He now studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and regularly has the opportunity to work with outstanding British and international musicians such as Jim Hart, Joe Locke, Stan Sulzmann, John Hollenbeck, Django Bates and Dave Holland.
"Who To Look Out For in 2012" Jazzwise Magazine
"...vibraphone player Ralph Wyld stood out for his rhythmic accuracy and panache..." FT, January 2012
"...set to fire up the jazz scene..." Jazzwise, May 2011
Flo Moore is a London-based jazz bassist currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed at many prestigious venues and clubs in London, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott's jazz club, the Pizza Express jazz club and King's Place. She is a faculty member of the Global Music Foundation alongside bass tutors Jeremy Brown, Arnie Somogyi and Mark Hodgson. She has performed with many established artists, including Peter King, Jason Rebello, Stephen Keogh, Albert Sanz, Bobby Watson, Gilad Atzmon, Edward Simon, Henry Lowther, Christine Tobin, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Pete Churchill, Gareth Lockrane, Ray Warleigh, Tristan Mailliot, Joe Stilgoe and Anita Wardell. She was a finalist in the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, and was a member of the Tomorrow's Warriors band that won the Yamaha Jazz Competition 2012 and played at Ronnie Scott's supporting Terence Blanchard in the London Jazz Festival. She has also performed at the North Sea Jazz festival with the award-winning Aylesbury Music Centre Dance Band and has appeared on BBC television's "The One Show" with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Rod Oughton is a drummer/percussionist who plays with many large and small ensembles on the Cardiff jazz scene. Originally from Surrey, he has received tuition from both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music, and as a result has had the opportunity to perform alongside Kenny Wheeler, Dave Cliff, Norma Winstone, Huw Warren and Soweto Kinch among others in some of the finest venues in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scotts. He currently studies with Martin France and James Maddren.
"Rod has a natural gift that is somewhat rare in my experience. He shows remarkable talent and ability." Jeff Williams