Rupert has had a love of music stretching back as far as he can remember.
An accomplished, self-taught pianist, he also sings, plays vibraphone, saxophone, bass & drums. He began composing music in his mid-teens and has since released several albums, achieving worldwide radio airplay and critical acclaim.
Described as ‘the funkiest keys player you will hear anywhere’ by Smooth Jazz Therapy UK and by jazzreview.com as ‘stretching the boundaries of contemporary jazz with music that has never been arranged quite like this before.’
Rupert’s early influence was predominantly jazz & blues but he soon started to add funk and electronic sounds to his repertoire. His first album ‘Beyond Reflection’ was followed a year later by ‘Take the Sidewalk’ which already showed a greater sophistication and ability than its predecessor, combining the ease of modern music with the finesse of jazz. Released in late 2006 on Innervision Records, the album achieved extensive radio airplay, particularly in the U.S. He released a third album ‘Utter Karma’ in 2010 which was deemed by critics as an impressive album of nu jazz & groove reminiscent of St.Germain’s ‘Tourist’ Album. During this time, Rupert formed a trio, 'Miquid Licks' to play his jazz repertoire. The band spent two busy years playing all around the south & south west of England.
In 2011, he focused his attention on funk with the formation of a new band ‘Fujalada’ www.fujalada.com. Several years & two albums later, Fujalada have firmly established themselves as an outstanding live act, kicking out a pulsating mix of original funk & feel-good vibes guaranteed to make you get a wiggle on!
Over the years, Rupert’s music has found placements in other media such as film & TV, his latest placement being in American film ‘Beyond the Lights’.
In late 2014, he released an album of seasonal songs entitled 'A Winter's Walk' - an atmospheric winter’s journey that celebrates the beauty & harshness of the season as well as the festive warmth of Christmas.
After relocating to France, he released 'All Kinds of Fine' in February 2017. An all instrumental synthesis of piano-driven, groove-laden jazz & chill-out excursions, it performed well on the jazz & smooth jazz charts. The single 'En Route' was chosen among the top 5 tracks of 2017 by Rich Edwards on his Smooth Grooves Radio Show.
His 2018 release 'Suniwahle' explored elements of African music.
Also in 2018, Rupert created a new live act 'Rupierre Le Funk' bringing the booty shaking qualities of a funk band into a more compact one-man show.