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Founder and Project manager of Crossing Borders Project
Ify a multi-award winning Swansea born pianist and composer who studied Performance Music at Brunel University London. She is an accomplished classical and contemporary pianist performing across Swansea, Wales, London, Ohio, Texas and Nigeria. She has composed over 33 original pieces and is an accomplished classical and contemporary pianist and composer. Ify released her first self-funded 11 track album called ‘Illuminate’ which she composed, Welsh vocalists and launched it in Swansea and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff in September 2019. She performs with her 9-piece band made of musicians from RWCMD & Forte signed musicians.
Ify has also performed Internationally in Cincinnati, Ohio; in Nigeria on Wazobia Max TV live. She has performed at charity events including a fundraiser for Stepping Stones charity, which supports children with Autism in Wales and for Onani Foundation Sight2020, a Welsh-based charity supporting blind and partially sighted children in Malawi amongst others.
The band has performed in venues such as Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre, National Waterfront Museum, National Museums of Wales Cardiff and for a variety of charity fundraisers such as Barnados, Stepping Stones Charities, the Prof Joseph Ogbonna Education Foundation to help educate disadvantaged children and orphans in rural villages in eastern Nigeria.
Ify also is Project Officer for Crossing Borders, Music and Heritage Project. The Project focuses on young ethnic musical and dance participants from around the world in Swansea. It looks at whether their heritage affects the way they make music and dance. There have been interviews conducted on this topic and participants have been studied via musical and dance sessions. It seems from the evidence that many are affected by their heritage to make music pieces or dance routines.