The Adan Project​s Ensemble

The Adan Project is an experimental folk ensemble formed by violinists Dyzelle Sutherland and Germa Adan. Currently the ensemble has been growing its members in various collaborations with fantastic musicians from around the UK. 

In 2016 , Germa and Dyzelle collaborated with local artists in Yorkshire and the West Midlands  to develop a performance project of songs, music and words inspired local poetry. Local poets include Anna Rose and Theodoros Ellinas from  Yorkshire, and  Matthew Humphries and  Richard Archer  fromWalsall & the Black Country. The music derived from this project will be featured in live performances; some pieces will be recorded and shared at a future date (contingent upon funding).

In 2017, Germa worked with various local and international artists to record and perform a collections of experimental folk songs  that chronicles her life journey from Haiti and the USA to England - some of the songs from this project can be found in her debut EP KENBE FEM. 

In 2018, following the success of her debut album, Germa will be working on a new collection of songs with special guest artists to be released in Autumn 2018. Stay tuned for a sneak preview of the Album along with more details behind the inspiration for her new works. In addition to working on her net album, Germa is currently involved with two collaborative projects with multidisciplinary artists to create art installations that will be exhibited in Nov 2018 and Aug 2019. More details to come! 

Other Music Projects 

Germa is also passionate about community projects that foster a love of music making and music sharing. She is currently supporting various initiatives in the UK: 

Reaching Out Project with Quench Arts

Reaching Out is a new music making project to encourage young people from ethnic minority and/or newly arrived communities to take part in music ensemble activities across Birmingham. Reaching Out is a partnership project delivered by Quench Arts, mac makes music and Services for Education (Birmingham Music Service).


Dyzelle Sutherland
[ Yorkshire/currently inactive ]

Dyzelle Sutherland is a Scottish violinist and community musician based in the North of England. She studied for her undergraduate degree, specialising in Violin Performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She later went on to study for an MA in Community Music from the University of York. 


​Dyzelle has performed with various groups and ensembles. As well as touring across the UK, she has performed in Germany, Poland  and USA.


In addition to performance, Dyzelle does a lot of outreach work in the community, helping to bring creative music-making to areas and groups of people that are normally overlooked.

Mahaliah Edwards  
[ Violinist/ Birmingham ]
Jobe Baker- Sullivan
[ Multi-instrumentalist/composer / Birmingham ]

More updated details to come...

Mahaliah is currently studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire and started playing the violin at the age of 11. She is a classically trained musician, but is passionate about music in its many forms and genres.

She has been involved in music in many different domains from gigging at open mic nights to going on two European tours with the Nottingham Youth Orchestra. She has performed in various orchestras under the baton of Stephen Bell, Colin Metters Alexander Walker, Sir Richard Armstrong and Barry Wordsworth. She has studied with highly esteemed violinists: Anna McGuire, Ting Chiu, Trevor Booth, Dawn Price, Alda Dizdari and currently with studying with Susanne Stanzeleit.

She was awarded a scholarship to study at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. In 2015, Mahaliah was awarded another scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she currently performs with the Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and other ensembles.

Hugh Cansdale
[ Electric Guitarist & Bassist/Singer-songwriter / Birmingham ]
Germa Adan
[ Midlands/Band Leader ]

Germa Adan was born in Les Cayes, Haiti. She received her BA in Music and Education at Rollins College and MA in Community Music at the University of York. She specialises in violin performance, composition, and community development through music engagement.


Her performance and composition style is highly influenced by Haitian rhythm and groove, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, as well as classical and contemporary styles. Recent composition performances/recording included Two-Timer, a miniature piece written for the West Point Woodwind Quintet (April 2012). Meditasyon (Sept 2011), written for Euphonium and piano, was performed by Craig Brown of the Shepherd Group Brass Band. Germa was also a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards 2010.


In addition to composition, Germa has performed with various ensembles and orchestras, as well as conduct community outreach initiatives in USA, UK and France. 


Seth Bye
[ Fiddle/ Birmingham ]

Seth is currently studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire and started playing fiddle at the age of seven. He is a classically trained musician, now focusing primarily on folk and bluegrass.

Seth plays fiddle and accordion as part of The Unsung Roots, a young folk duo blurring the edges between traditional and contemporary music. Alongside this, he tours with Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. Seth is also a member of Isembard’s Wheel, ‘one of the most wild and Rabelaisian acts on the folk scene today’.

Ricardo Rocha
[ Musician - Composer / Birmingham ]
Ricardo Rocha
[ Musician - Composer / Birmingham ]
Adan Project Media
Collaborations with Dyzelle Sutherland
Vent Nouveau Ensemble performance of Germa Adan's piece Meditasyon, April 1, 2017 at Gallery MC in Manhattan

A walk in the Black Cuillins featuring Bunny's Waltz 

Music composed by Dyzelle Sutherland


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