"music that is suffused with atmosphere, from start to end, from top to bottom, in all of its layers and in all of its inflections" The Herald
DPJ Ensemble was formed by David Paul Jones in 2001 for the performance and studio recording of the Linn Records release Something There. The ensemble is essentially a project-based collective of guest artists with a core of contemporary classical sensibilities in collaboration with multi-musical styles. The group have performed throughout the UK including the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh; The Arches, Glasgow; The Sage, Gateshead and the Wigmore Hall, London.
Original members included Carolyn Murray-Hamilton (vocals); Steve Kettley (soprano sax); Donnie Gillan, Lucy Gillan & Robin Mason (cellos); Carole Melrose (double bass) and Neil Sommerville (percussion). Hazel Morrison (percussion) and Emma Smith (double bass) have both featured over the years. Guest artists have included vocalists Alyth McCormack and harpist, Catriona McKay.
"The playing, from the exquisitely beautiful string section of three cellos and double bass, with the seductive sax caress of Steve Kettley and the ultra-discreet waves from Neil Sommerville, was flawlessly evocative: a carpet of sound for undulating pianism and vocalising of the composer, with the stellar soprano voice of Carolyn Murray-Hamilton piercing the texture like a beam of light. Superbly co-ordinated, sensitively lit, well-presented and hauntingly performed." - The Herald
In Autumn 2017, after a 10 year hiatus, DPJ Ensemble reformed for a special live performance of Something There at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh - marking the 15 year anniversary release of the Linn recording.