The quartet was formed by Martin Archer and we made an album at Chairworks studios in Castleford in May of 2017. The album is released on Martin’s Discus label from August 1st. In the Summer and Autumn of 2017 we have a short tour of the band, in Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Sheffield. The details are on the Blog / gigs section.
Open ended jazz playing with no stylistic limits – written scores, graphic scores, improvisation – improvisation which is inclusive of melody and structure – whatever we feel like playing – plenty of space for the music to develop its direction – concentrated and careful listening - ultimately rooted in, and building on the tradition of, pure jazz skill no matter where the music takes us.
Martin Archer is a composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio, and whose distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz.
“Archer's aesthetic is an intriguing and transformative one—whatever enters his world comes out changed, if not utterly, then beautifully.” – Duncan Heining, All About Jazz
Laura Cole is a pianist and composer, working in the fields of both improvised music and contemporary jazz. Cole leads and writes for her own octet, Metamorphic, and is involved in various different projects and collaborations across the UK music scene.
“Laura Cole has one of the most distinctive compositional voices around.” – Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
Walt Shaw says - I'm an abstract painter and percussionist and in my head they are one and the same process.
“Walt relishes being in the deep end of spontaneity, chance and the unknown.” - Professor Simon Piasecki, Head of Dance, Drama and Performance at Hope University, Liverpool
Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene. Whether as a performer, teacher or a producer, her passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom.
“Macari plays fearlessly” – Bebop Spoken Here
Painting by Gonzalo Fuentes