Rowland studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama mainly with Kathryn Lukas as well as Philippa Davies, Peter Lloyd, Edward Beckett and participated in master classes given by the late Geoffrey Gilbert. He studied jazz with the late pianist Lionel Grigson.
Rowland tutors at the Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music. As an educator he has given consultations, workshops and/or coached at the Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Sussex, York and Durham Universities various community centres as well as The Centre for Young Musicians, where Rowland studied as a teenager with the late Harold Clarke, at Pimlico school.
Rowland Sutherland fronts his own band, the critically
acclaimed Mistura, who perform Brazilian jazz fusion alongside
African-Cuban and pan African grooves. Their album, Rowland Sutherland's
Mistura - 'Coast to Coast' is out now on the FMR label.
Rowland was voted the number one Flutist in the Brazilian newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa ("Press Tribune") in The 24th Annual Jazz Poll.
He has played and recorded with some of the finest and most adventurous new music ensembles and dance companies in Britain. These include: New Music Players, Ixion, Lontano, Icebreaker, Uroboros, London Musici, Music Projects/London, Phoenix Dance, Jazz Xchange Music and Dance and Rambert Dance Company.
Rowland made his BBC Prom debut as soloist during its 2006 season performing Steve Reich, for his 70th birthday celebrations, alongside a number of top UK percusionists and vocal group Synergy at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2002 Rowland performed in a concerto by Stewart Wallace, written for the electric group Icebreaker with the American Composers Orchestra, at New York's Carnegie Hall. The Orchestras' music director designate, Steven Sloane, conducted the event. In 2005, Icebreaker then went on to give several performances at the Lincoln Centre Festival.
In 2004 Rowland was one of the featured jazz soloists with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler and the Russell Maliphant dance company, performing works by Barry Adamson at the Barbican Centre. The composer of many art film soundtracks and former bassist with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
As a freelance musician Rowland is also active in the orchestral field and has played with such orchestras as: Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, B.B.C. National Orchestra Of Wales, London Philharmonic, European Community Chamber, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and B.B.C. Radio. He has played principal flute with the latter three.
Rowland performs in an adventurous flute and guitar duo with Alan Thomas. They explore a wide range of music from all four corners of the globe.
Rowland was a member
of several eminent jazz outfits. These included the big band Jazz
Warriors founded by the prominent saxophonist Courtney Pine obe and
Orphy Robinson's Sextet 'Annavas', appearing on their album "When
Tomorrow Comes" released by the legendary Blue Note label.
As bandleader, Rowland's Project 'Creative Force' the six piece
Caribbean nu jazz group, which features Orphy Robinson on vibes and
percussion, uses ska, dub, African-funk, Afro Brazilian and various Reggae rhythms.
Rowland's jazz experience also includes working in a number
of collaborations, performances and recordings with other artists. These
include: touring with the legendary US saxophonist / bass clarinettist
David Murray; recording with African master drummer Gaspar Lawal;
playing with the 'Rebirth Brass Band' from New Orleans; recording with
Pops Mohamed, master percussionist from South Africa; an historic flute
concert with Frank Wess and Ali Ryerson during the 1995 London Jazz
Festival, and in 1996 his tour with the Phoenix Dance Company concluded
with performances at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
In 1999 to mark
the fifth anniversary of Sun Ra's departure from earth, Rowland arranged
a number of his celebrated works and formed a special band within his
London Art Collective. It featured Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson, Geoff
Hawkins, John Edwards and a special guest, Francisco Mora Catlett (ex
Sun Ra Arkestra drummer and percussionist). The event was held at the
Scala in London and also featured Carl Craig's Innerzone Orchestra and
Radio 1's Gilles Peterson.
Rowland's involvement with Brazilian music led him to play
and record with the London 'Afro Blok'. Fronted by the expressive
percussionist, Richard Ajileye, it largely consisted of various
types of African and Brazilian percussion instruments, horns and vocals.
In 1994 they represented Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games Arts
festival in Vancouver Island.
In addition to the above, as a session musician, Rowland has enjoyed guesting on flutes for various artists' recordings over the years such as: George Benson, Incognito, Mezzoforte, MC Solaar, Keziah Jones, William Orbit, Melanie C, Roland Gift, Omar, Marc Almond, Guillemots and Colonial Cousins. Rowland has also participated in various radio, TV and film soundtracks.
“...enriched by Rowland Sutherland's lovely flute sound...”. John Fordham - The GUARDIAN
“...featuring peerless flautist Rowland Sutherland” John L. Walters - THE GUARDIAN
“...Sutherland...gutsy improvisations...” Kevin Le Gendre - JAZZWISE
“a flautist with one of the nicest sounds in the business“ TIME OUT
“Rowland Sutherland is one of the world’s greatest and most
versatile flautists, in huge demand in the fields of
“...improviser of real character” John Fordham - THE GUARDIAN
“a force to be reckoned with...” CITY LIMITS
“flautist Rowland Sutherland... especially impressive” Nick Jones - THE LEICESTER MERCURY
“One of the UK’s finest flautists – whether jazz or classical – Rowland Sutherland” Paul Bradshaw – STRAIGHT NO CHASER
“…which includes the brilliant flautist Rowland Sutherland” Ben Watson - THE WIRE
“...the excellent soloist...Rowland Sutherland...” Geoff Brown - The Times
“There were especially sterling contributions from the flautist Rowland Sutherland...” Keith Potter - The Independant
“...a gifted flute player... Sutherland shines throughout...” John L Walters - THE GUARDIAN
“... Leader Sutherland's flute renditions are prodigious...” George W. Carroll - e-jazznews.com
“I was most impressed with Rowland Sutherland’s playing... we heard
the full range of flute colours,
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