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Country UK Genres acoustic band fusion Website www.celloman.co.uk Festival Sauti za Busara 2008 Recordings
Recordings: Aquador (2001), Maya (2002), It's All an Illusion (2003), Sharptown (2007)
The Celloman project began in 2001 with the release of Aquador. Now a six piece band, Celloman has performed extensively around the UK including most of the big festivals such as Glastonbury and Womad. They have performed in Serbia twice and done a series of gigs in Spain. Their sound has proven to be unique. A blend of Middle Eastern and African rhythms, Eastern and Western classically inspired melodies, hypnotic harmonies and driving funky bass and drums. In short, Celloman's music "blends jazz, world and classical music in a strikingly natural way" (Evening Standard, London)
Ivan Hussey describes the Celloman project as "his life so far". A life that has seen him working extensively as a Cellist. Studying Classical Cello at the Guildhall School of Music until age 23, Ivan had already crossed over to other forms of music. At age 17, he joined the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, touring Japan, Jamaica and Europe, recording two RPO albums as well as playing on numerous recordings with other artists including the classic first Soul II Soul album.
In 1993, Ivan joined the Duran Duran band for an eight month world tour, followed in 1994 by a tour with Gabrielle. Shortly after, Ivan left London for Tel Aviv and spent two years working as a Cellist and absorbing the music of the Middle East.
Back in London, Ivan joined the Smoke City band and spent much of 1997 touring Europe, alongside regular recording sessions (Mick Jagger, Incognito, D'Influence, Stereo MC's ...) that see him continually in demand. As a string arranger, Ivan has penned for numerous hits including Gabrielle Dreams, Take That Babe and Maxi Priest Close to You, all number 1 chart successes in UK.