Simon McKechnie (pronounced Makeknee) is a composer, arranger and musician who is based in London, UK. new album Newton's Alchemy is a progressive rock album based on Newton's quest to uncover the deepest mysteries of existence. It will be available for purchase from August 26th. His 2113 album Clocks and Dark Clouds has been played on prog rock stations in the many countries round the world and was desribed by musikreviews.com as 'an excellent progressive rock album that any fans of Yes or Rush will enjoy'. His 2011 release London Reborn is a collection of interpretations of beautiful old London Folk songs. The Telegraph said of London Reborn, ‘The story-songs have freshness and humour about them which is very London.’
Simon has written for BBC television, classical ensembles Golden Section and The Society Of Strange And Ancient Instruments, and written arrangements for Roberto Pla's Latin Jazz Orchestra. He was the founder, leader and composer of the music for the jazz fusion group Azul. Azul's 2004 tour with a contemporary dancer was a Jazz pick of the week in British national newspaper The Guardian. Their music was regularly heard on BBC Radio3. He also wrote a musical with author Gary Waterman that is based on the life of the 18th century Sephardi boxer Daniel Mendoza. This was featured as part of Greenwich Theatre's Musical Futures festival in 2005.