Animal Society is a new sound in UK jazz, somewhere in the void between Rage Against The Machine, Pat Metheny and EST. Ringleader Joe Williamson, guitarist and winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year 2018, presents daring new music – cutting-edge electric jazz with the uncompromising power of a stadium rock band.
'hard-riffing band looking set to catch the current wave of progressive jazz and metal acts on the rise'
"Combining rock energy and power with jazz chops this is music that is simultaneously viscerally exciting and intellectually satisfying."
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Graham Costello's STRATA
Named as one of Jazzwise Magazine's "One to Watch in 2019" and nominated for both "Best Band" and "Best EP/Album" at this year's Scottish Jazz Awards, Graham Costello’s STRATA blend stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and celebrated progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic, winning over audiences with towering dynamics and a raw and genuine enthusiasm. The music explores polyrhythm, collective groove and, at its true core, improvisation.
February 2019 will see the release of STRATA's full-length debut album "OBELISK".
"startling, groundbreaking...it explodes definitions to seize fresh space"
“Groovy yet cerebral" , "Absolutely epic" , "Such a hypnotic and compelling sound...intricate polyrhythms delivered with absolute precision"
"Graham Costello’s STRATA combines drama, intelligent, incisive improvisation and Reichian minimalism"
Square One is an award-winning Glasgow-based quartet, known for their brand of heavy-hitting melodic jazz and energised live performances. In 2018, this vibrant four-piece collaborated with US saxophone veteran Andy Middleton to release their second album 'Double Bind', released in November 2018. They are also the proud recipients of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2015 administered by Help Musicians UK for emerging jazz artists. In October 2016, they released their debut album ‘In Motion’ to acclaim by critics and listeners alike, along with an international tour.
''A soulful and empathetic band with an irresistible charisma - they dominated the room from beat
one'' - Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3
‘’A powerhouse of Scottish jazz talent’’ – BBC Radio Scotland