Dave Stapleton is a pianist, composer and founder and driving force behind Edition Records as well as photographer and co-leader of Slowly Rolling Camera.
It was through the late, great pianist and improviser Keith Tippett, whilst studying classical piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Daram, that Dave began to immerse himself in Jazz and improvised music. This exposure, without the constraints and limitations that classical music had, provided him the musical freedom to express forge his own musical path through composition.
Between 2004 and 2010, based in Cardiff, he worked exclusively with his quintet, releasing 3 successful albums on his own Red Eye Music imprint, ‘When Life Was In Black and White’ (2005), ‘The House Always Wins’ (2007) and ‘Between the Lines’ (2010).
In 2008 with a renewed sense of vision, he formed Edition Records to release his own music as well as UK artists. Within a 2 year period, Edition was fast being recognised as a creative, digitally engaged label championing both British and Nordic artists including Phronesis, Daniel Herskedal, Oddarrang, Marius Neset, Mark Lockheart and Troyka.
In 2012 he released ‘Flight’, featuring Marius Neset, Olavi Louhivuori, Dave Kane, and the Brodowski String Quartet, regarded as his ambitious and impressive work today, received international attention praise for its dextrous blend of contemporary jazz, European Art and classical music.
In 2013, together with long-term friends and collaborators, he formed Slowly Rolling Camera, a band he envisaged for larger, more ambitious soundscapes and production. With three successful album releases an EP, Slowly Rolling Camera has carved a sonic identity of expansive grooves, melodic hooks held together with a strong emotional gravitas.
Today Dave Stapleton continues to work as an accomplished composer, producer, photographer as well as CEO of Edition and E2 Music, Edition’s publishing arm.Artist’s Website