Robert Mitchell’s Panacea are a unique ensemble, forming the centre of Robert’s compositional path in band format. The current core, features – Robert (piano/keys) , Deborah Jordan ( Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Silhouette Brown ) on vocals, Tom Farmer (Empirical) or Tom Mason (100 Club) on bass, Laurie Lowe (Nic Meier, Gilad Atzmon, Preston/Glasgow/Lowe) on drums. This group has produced three acclaimed albums – VOYAGER (2001), TRUST (2005) and THE CUSP (2010). Musicians and Guests on these recordings have included: Norma Winstone MBE, Eska Mthungwazi, Michael Mondesir, Barak Schmool, Roberto Bellatella, Eugene Skeef, Richard Spaven, Robin Mullarkey, Steve Williamson, Omar Puente, Julian Ferraretto, Ben Davis, Hammadi Valdez, Volker Strater, Shaney Forbes, HKB Finn They have toured the UK extensively, and performed in festivals in Europe (France, Belgium, Holland, Romania). A new project will be announced soon – both live and recorded. Robert has led this ensemble since 1999.

The band recently completed a residency at Southampton University (UK) culminating in a performance at Turner Sims Hall with a number of students . They also have played to over 2000 people on their debut in Romania (Arcub Festival – Bucharest 2013)

‘ This is not at all easy to categorise and is all the more powerful for that. Pulling on jazz traditions from the deep South through to today’s European scene, hip hop and adding in a knowledge of modern classical back to Baroque, Mitchell creates music that doesn’t allow the listener to sit back and relax into familiarity…. Throughout the evening, there was no way of knowing what route he would take, what musical colours he would paint, what soundscapes he would invent’ Oxford Times

‘There is a deep thought in every note of Mitchell’s playing. At times he proceeds so slowly that we have time to think about each note right along with him.’ Walter Kolosky

‘Mitchell is a lyricist and a thinker , and British jazz is far richer for his presence.’ Mike Butler

‘Mitchell is possessed of possibly the most prodigious technique I’ve heard in any pianoman and he used it to the full ‘ Lance Liddle

‘…a very important influential musician’ Gilles Peterson


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