Jazz Cello & Beyond

“The compositions.. gain skin and muscle through the thoughtful cello of Rupert Gillett”

bellaunion.com

“…mesmerizing lines played on cello by Rupert Gillett…”

The Green Man Review

Welcome to the official homepage of jazz cellist, singer, composer & multi-instrumentalist Rupert Gillett.  Rupert is a London-based musician who specialises in jazz cello, but is adept and experienced at many other styles, from rock and pop to eastern European music styles and beyond.

Live Performance

“…a sharp-dressed, cheerful and irreverent diversifier who uses the instrument to explore jazz, rock, folk, pop and various other genres… anything as long as it isn’t classical.   Notably for a contemporary solo performer, Rupert eschews loops and effects. When you hear him live, it’s just him, the necessary techniques and a dose of imagination.”

Misfitcity.org

Rupert Gillett is a highly active performer and session musician on the London scene and abroad.  In 2018, he was a featured artist at the prestigious New Directions Cello Festival in Cologne, Germany.  He currently performs with jazz-icon Jacqui Dankworth MBE, jazz violinist Chris Garrick & composer/pianist David Gordon in the chamber-jazz ensemble “Butterfly’s Wing”.  He also plays in a unique 2 cello and violin jazz-fusion/crossover ensemble called “Arcopia” with renowned jazz cellist Gunther Tiedemann (String Thing) and London-based violinist Chris Haigh (Bob Geldof, Michael Ball).   Rupert has performed with Alison Moyet, as well as being featured live on BBC 2 television, BBC Radio London, BBC3 and BBC 6 Music with various ensembles. He has played at large scale events such as the 2012 Paralympics & the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, and has performed for clients such as Amazon, Boots, Dunhill, Asda, the American Embassy and Buckingham Palace.

On double bass, Rupert regularly performs in a number of ensembles such as Dai & the Ramblers (Ace Records), She’Koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet, the Boneshaker Band, the London Niche Quartet and many more.  He also recently performed on the score of the movie “Tolkien”, starring Nicholas Hoult.

Rupert has also performed to celebrity clients, including Prince Philip, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Corbyn, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Sir Antony Gormley, Charles Dance, Orlando Bloom, Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd), Jeremy Clarkson (although he left quite quickly!) and Ray Davies.

Session Cellist

“Gillett’s somber cello – evocative of Ramin Djawadi’s finest work on Game Of Thrones”

Chorus.fm

As well as regular live work with his own projects, Rupert is a session cellist who has worked with producers such as Henning Schmitz (Kraftwerk) and Liam Watson (The White Stripes).  

As an experienced session cellist, Rupert can read, arrange, improvise and think outside the box if required and is skilled at gauging what the artist or track requires.  Rupert has played a large variety of albums, and his work has occasionally popped up in the charts (just!).  For a full discography, click here. 

Rupert is also accustomed to doing “remote sessions” and is an experienced audio engineer.  Using his own “Holly Barn Studio”, Rupert can record and transfer high quality audio stems of sessions, enabling efficient international studio work.  

If you would like to book Rupert for a session, please send an email to rupertgillett@gmail.com.