Kinetika Bloco has an amazing professional team that works with us to create our unique sound, dance and costume and make it all happen. They are inspirational people who help to progress the skills of our young people and mentor them to be the best. We often bring in new people but here are our regulars…
Mat Fox RIP
Mat was our Founder and Musical Director since 2000. He led us exceptionally until he sadly passed away in February 2014. Mat was a master of all things musical and it is his passion and talent that has developed the Bloco style and culture. We hope that in this next season we will continue to keep his memory alive through everything that we create. He is in our hearts and groove forever.
Junior Musical Director
Ruben follows in his fathers talented and charming footsteps composing, arranging for and leading the Bloco. He is in his final year at Trinity College of Music on the Jazz course and is already playing nationally and internationally with his own quartet and other bands including Kansas Smittys, Kalichakra and many others.
Claude came to London from Cape Town in 1975 and is one of the finest jazz trumpet players in the country. He is a huge inspiration to our horn section and can be heard regularly blasting it out from the backline! Claude also plays with Grand Union Orchestra and regularly gigs nationally and internationally.
Representing the lower brass we have Andy who is one of the UK’s finest Tuba players, he performs regularly with The London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jazz Jamaica and many others. He is also Head of STAX Southwark Music Service.
Sam ‘Blue’ Agard started drumming in 1987 and hasn’t stopped since! He has toured internationally with Corinne Bailey Rae, Paloma Faith and is currently working with Professor Green and Plan B. He has bought his soul, Funk and RnB grooves to the Bloco Bateria since 2005.
Leon heads up our dancers with an amazing amount of energy and charisma. He trained at the London Studio Centre and has performed professionally in theatre, TV and pop videos! He was one of the original jazz tap dancers in Riverdance! Leon is also Director at WAC-performing Arts and Media College.
Iola has been making us all look beautiful with her make up designs since 2002! She is from Venezuela and has just completed her second degree in Technical Effects for the Performing Arts at the London College of Fashion. She works as an Artist on the Summer School.
Carolyn has worked with the Bloco since 2003 as an artist and general maternal figure!! Her skills span the spectrum from Digital Arts to Sliversmithing. She works as an Artist on the Summer School and can also be found regularly teaching at a PRU in South East London.
Tamzyn has managed the Bloco since 2004 helping to make it all happen. She manages all the recruitment, client liaison, gig details, funding, schedules, pastoral care and just general office management. She has a degree in Music but won’t be seen in the band any time soon!