Blow The Fuse Presents
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ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet
★ Winners: Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
★ Shortlisted: Best Small Group 2018 British Jazz Awards
★ Alison Rayner Runner-up: Best Double Bass 2018 British Jazz Awards
Described by LondonJazzNews as 'a celebration of life itself' ARQ's music is 'inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality, frequently inspired by personal experiences' (the jazzmann.com).
Their combination of richly nuanced compositions with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole. ARQ play 'songs without words' and are known for their vibrant, communicative performances.
Alison Rayner - double bass
Buster Birch - drums
Deirdre Cartwright - guitar
Diane McLoughlin - saxophones
Steve Lodder - piano
ARQ are currently previewing new music from their third album working title 'Short Stories' to be released later this year. They have UK festivals and club dates over this Spring and Summer, with national touring Autumn 2019-Spring 2020 to promote the new album.
Individually, the group's track record includes work with such international artists as Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, George Russell, John Harle, The Guest Stars, Marjorie Whylie, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez, Tal Farlow and BBC TV's Rockschool series, broadcasted in both the UK and USA.
'Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures' ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
'Purposeful, full-toned and melodic...a beautifully integrated band' ★★★★ The Observer
'Unified musical dexterity, not a note wasted and with sound as story clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open' The Morning Star
'A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other' ★★★★ Jazzwise
Advance tickets £12, on the door £15