Atatu Trio

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

William R. Davidson keyboards / Fraser Hinchliffe bass / Adrian Lawrence drums, words 

Atatu Trio were formed in 2022 after a chance encounter at We Out Here Festival. They later met up and jammed together and were surprised by the results: a fusion of Latin, jazz, Brazilian, spoken word and funk.  

A recent graduate from mjf’s hothouse programme, Will began in classical music under the stewardship of Peter Young, before embarking on a jazz degree at the University of Hull, where he also held a 3-year residency at Princess Ave in Hull with his jazz quintet The Dalis Collective Each member has brought a wealth of performing experience to the trio, including tours with Kevin Davy, Nidi d’Arac and DJ residencies at The Wardrobe in Leeds, alongside Roy Ayers, Azymuth, Marlina Shaw & Antibalas.  

The word ‘Atatu’ is derived from Will’s native language ‘Chichewa’ and translates to the number ‘Three’: a fitting name for a trio whose diverse backgrounds have shaped their special sound. 

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.


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Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:25 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

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