Dee Byrne is a saxophonist, composer and improviser based in London. Active within various original jazz and improvising ensembles, she has established herself as a unique voice on the UK creative scene and beyond.
‘Byrne can be effortlessly lyrical…edgy unpredictability in her delivery which frequently bursts into exciting, raucous alto outpourings.’ Adrian Pallant (LondonJazz News)
Dee’s primary creative vehicle is her contemporary jazz quintet Entropi. Playing her original compositions, the band’s first album New Era was released on the F-IRE Presents label in 2015. Joined by an excellent bunch of musicians: Andre Canniere (trumpet) Rebecca Nash (keys), Olie Brice (bass) and Matt Fisher (drums), the ensemble has achieved a striking empathy and freedom to take risks. Entropi will be releasing its second album Moment Frozen this Autumn on Whirlwind Recordings, the album launch will be at Kings Place on 29th September.
Other projects include improvising electronics duo Deemer (with Dutch sound artist Merijn Royaards) and Word of Moth – a collaborative quartet with Cath Roberts and rhythm power houses Johnny Hunter and Seth Bennett.
Since 2013, Dee has also been running LUME with Cath Roberts. LUME is a small artist-run organisation with a focus on the creation of new original/improvised music. After a successful one-day festival in June 2016, LUME Festival 2017 is back as a two-dayer on 24/25th June packed with innovative and exciting bands from UK and Europe. LUME’s offshoot record label Luminous releases LUME related projects.
Dee is a PRSF Women Make Music artist – awarded in 2016 for the recording & release of Entropi’s second album.