Satori is a Buddhist word meaning a moment of illumination or clarity. It emphasises the interplay between practice and enlightenment, which could be said to correspond to the craft and art of improvised music.
Satori released their first album last year on Whirlwind Recordings and are now working on a second. How to describe the music?
Inventive, Lyrical (Jazzwise), Spiritual, Spiralling, Joyful (UK Vibe), Fluent, Imaginative (Jazz Man), Irrepressible Tunefulness (Downbeat)
Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Tim Giles and bassist Dave Whitford. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her, and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble. Their debut album was released in 2017 on Whirlwind Recordings to wide acclaim.
“A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.” (All About Jazz);
“Satori is so full of ideas, vision, and joyful improvisation that one can only take pleasure in the listening” (UK Vibe)
Josephine Davies (saxophones)
Tim Giles (drums)
Dave Whitford (bass)
Exciting and energetic this band has been mentioned as one of the best live contemporary jazz bands in London at the moment.
Its strong and unique sound has captivated the interest of the Jazz community who called them “intriguing” or “innovative”. From the catchy rock-like riffs to more quiet and mesmerising atmospheres they cover a full spectrum of textures unveiling a vast background of musical influences and leading the listener through a very diverse and ‘bumpy’ journey.
They jumped into international recognition in 2012 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Doors’ and later with ‘New World’.
Vitor Pereira was born in Porto/Portugal where he studied mainly classical music and classical guitar. His interest in Jazz took him to participate in seminars and private lessons with the likes of Pat Metheny, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman or Aaron Goldberg to name a few and ultimately led him to London in 2004 to study at the “Middlesex University”.
Living in London since then he is an active name in the UK and Europe playing with names like: James Allsopp, Asaf Sirkis, Josh Arcoleo, Binker Goldings, Marc Demuth, etc…
"intriguing and innovative" All About Jazz
“'New World' brims with vigour, imagination and staying power” London Jazz
“Highly impressive" The Jazz Mann
“the music is contemporary, it’s for today … the musical manifesto is superb” Bebop Spoken Here
"an intriguing group with a strong line-up and well-delivered compositions"Jazz Breakfast
"Experimental modern jazz from this heavyweight band led by Portuguese guitarist Pereira" Timeout London
“hard-hitting contemporary jazz-rock flavour in line with Pereira’s fine politically motivated compositions" Jazzwise
Chris Williams - alto sax
Alam Nathoo - tenor sax
Mick Coady - bass
Adam Teixeira - drums
Vitor Pereira - guitar
Born in 1990 in the scenic county of Somerset, England, Hayden developed a passion for experimental music in his younger years which continued during his time at Middlesex University in London, where he studied jazz. He developed his style of double bass playing under guidance of, amongst others, musicians Stuart Hall, Chris Batchelor and Michael Janisch. After a brief time performing in bands of other musical styles, including music of the Balkans and Moroccan music, Hayden returned to performing and composing in jazz and improvised settings, usually in small band arrangements. With an avid interest in many acoustic and electronic musics, Hayden often hears music without the more rigid confines that style names would suggest, sighting musicians Craig Taborn, Drew Gress, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Arnold Schoenberg, Boards of Canda, Autechre, Plaid amongst others as inspiration.
Due to the universities openness to experimentation and lack of a ‘house style’, Hayden was given freedom to explore his own creative processes and the relationships between improvisation and composition. Later, as part of his continuation of exploring the double bass and composition, Hayden took up studying over duration with two esteemed New York musicians, Drew Gress and Chris Lightcap, with whom he shares an affinity of musical language.
During studies with renown US bassist Michael Janisch, and on hearing Hayden’s compositions, Hayden was offered to record for Michael’s London based label Whirlwind Recordings. After a move to Berlin in 2015, Hayden formed a quartet and recorded his pieces with Elias Stemeseder (Jim Black Trio), Philipp Gropper (Hyperactive Kid) and Max Santner (Philipp Harnisch Quartet) with the release set for May 2017.
Hayden has performed at many UK venues, including The Vortex and Royal College of Music, and during his time in London was often featured in the house band at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, as well as having toured with bands throughout the UK and Europe. He has performed with, amongst others, Elias Stemeseder, Philipp Gropper, Max Santner, Bernhard Meyer, Alam Nathoo, Duncan Eagles, Dave Hamblett, Binker Golding, Sam leak, Shirley Tetteh, Andy Ball, Artie Zaitz.
“Prosser's compositions develop elegantly, but rarely in straight lines... this quartet pushes the listener down several paths at once, creating a thrilling tension among the players even though they're actually tightly in sync.”
"A suite of soundscapes that will surely reward repeated plays, from which the listener will undoubtedly glean new textures and colours." All About Jazz
"What nudges Tether up to borderline addictive is how the melodies filter through... Fascination with this recording continues to grow with each return visit." Bird is the Worm
"A startling debut recording... This is wonderful music deserving of much, much more investigation. A creative musician could build a high tower from here." Sandy Brown Jazz
"Compact sound studies that are structurally finely balanced and well shaped and that cleverly wander between sublime groove and a total absence of metric anchoring." Concerto Magazine
"This is an assured set of pieces, with a clear sense of the philosophy through which composition is approached and a strong unity in the playing. As a debut, it promises a bright career." Jazz Views
Mark Pringle - piano
Hayden Prosser - Bass
Eirik Svela is a Norwegian guitarist and composer based in the heart of Oslo, and he is very active on the local scene both as a leader and a sideman. After finishing his degree at Leeds College of Music he worked in the UK for five years as a freelance musician and since moving back to Norway in 2014 he has established himself as an important new voice of a new generation of jazz musicians in Oslo. In 2016 he started his masters degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and in February 2018 he will be recording his debut album in New York.
Eirik Svela Group has grown out of the environment around the Norwegian Academy of Music. The group performs mainly music written by band leader Eirik Svela, which focuses on combining pretty melodies and complicated chords in an effortless way. Eirik Svela Group has preformed extensively in Norway and in this British rendition of the group he has gathered some of the finest musicians in the UK, including pianist Jamil Sheriff and saxophonist Matt Anderson.
Eirik Svela – Guitar
Matt Anderson - Saxophone
Jamil Sheriff – Piano
Andrew Robb – Bass
Magnus Eide – Drums
Joe Hill's North Ark is a new jazz septet, started in 2017. They play original compositions and arrangements by Joe, which are influenced by a wide variety of artists, such as Phronesis, Marius Neset, The Impossible Gentlemen and Tim Garland. The wide variety of music written for the septet likes to engage not just the modern jazz lover, but fans of any music genre, and therefore contains a whole combination of grooves, improvisation, accessible harmonic sequences, melodic writing and odd time signatures. As well as playing original music, the band likes to put their twist on older and more well known music, inspiring the band’s arrangement of ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles.
The line up contains some of the U.K’s top jazz musicians of the next generation, who between them have toured internationally and nationally with names such as Liane Carroll, James Maddrenand Soweto Kinch. Amongst them is Tom Smith, recent finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Jazz Award, and Rory Ingham, winner of the Rising Star category in the British Jazz Awards 2017.
James Davison - Trumpet
Tom Smith - Alto Sax
Alex Hitchcock - Tenor Sax
Rory Ingham - Trombone
Joe Hill - Piano
Jack Tustin - Bass
Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
The Sam Leak Trio perform contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk-inspired, freedom and abandon. Conjuring up the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett's 1960s trios, the ensemble maintains a sense of the tradition whilst performing music that is very much rooted in the present. Featuring Simon Read on double bass, and Will Glaser on drums, the band perform a mixture of Leak's compositions and some lesser played compositions from their favourite musicians. In 2016/17 the trio toured the UK, playing in Birmingham, Fishguard, Southampton, Leeds and elsewhere. A high point of this tour was a performance at Ronnie Scotts' prestigious International Piano Trio Festival. The trio are currently showcasing Leak's composition 'Adrift,' recorded for Jellymould Jazz in duet with Dan Tepfer - described by Marcus O'Dair as 'astonishing.'
"The Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme has produced a remarkable crop of newcomers in recent times: notably the Mercury-nominated pianists Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes. Now comes Sam Leak, an artist of comparable promise...Leak is a subtle storyteller who keeps the grooves and colours changing." John Fordham
Sam Leak - piano
Simon Read - double bass
Will Glaser - drums
KIM Trio is led by tenor saxophonist Helena Kay (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015), and features Ferg Ireland (Kansas Smittys) on double bass and David Ingamells (Yamaha Jazz Scholarship 2013) on drums.
The trio have performed at the London Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, played live on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now, as well as various other gigs in London and the UK. Inspired by greats such as Sonny Rollins and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and by contemporary names like Melissa Aldana and Larry Goldings, the trio enjoy playing a varied mixture of Helena’s originals and tunes from the jazz canon. They will be releasing their debut album Moon Palace on Ubuntu Music in December 2018.
‘Sublime music that stirs the senses and emotions. Glasgow Herald
‘One to watch’ Jazzwise
Helena Kay – tenor saxophone
Ferg Ireland – double bass
David Ingamells – drums
'Master guitarist McCallum's music is heaven sent. Beautifully crafted, warm blooded, folk and jazz inspired magical stuff....' Written in Music
A guitarist of considerable facility and creativity, Stuart McCallum rose to prominence playing with the Cinematic Orchestra on Ma Fleur and Live at the Albert Hall, but it is with his own music that confirms his reputation as one of the most vital, creative and soulful guitarists of his generation. His new EP, Solitude, explores the subtleties and emotive nuances of the acoustic guitar in a breathtakingly beautiful way.
With 2 albums on Naim Recordings, Distilled  and City , Stuart McCallum embraced a wide range of influences blending instrumental soundscapes and glorious melodies with hooky drum beats. In 2015 he teamed up with fellow guitarist Mike Walker to release Beholden, a set or serence and elegant reinterpretations of the guitarists’ compositions and jazz standards. This led to signing to Edition Records to release this second duo album, The Space Between, a critically acclaimed release that was describe by MOJO as ‘haunting & evocative’.
In June 2017, Stuart McCallum digitally releases CITY LIVE, a 5 track EP recorded in 2016 at RNCM Opera. Bringing together his long term collaborators drummer Richard Spaven, Bassist Robin Mullarkey and Ivo Neame on keyboards as well as special guest singers JP Cooper and Sharlene Hector, City Live marks an exciting new era for Stuart McCallum with a new wave of digital singles and EP’s coming in 2017 and 2018. Focussing on collaborations, live recordings and remixes, as well as new music created with a wide variety of acoustic and electric guitars, fans can look forward to a period of increased output. The digital domain will allow him the freedom and opportunity to experiment and explore with new ideas, with the ultimate view of releasing new albums in 2018.
Stuart McCallum / Guitar
Thoughtful music; melodic, flowing and measured, with enough twists and turns to keep everyone engaged-'
Mike Walker (Dave Holland, Tal Farlow, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell)
Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental rock music which draws upon jazz sensibilities and sound worlds. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the northern scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet.
Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock and metal. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation.
Despite hailing from the musical melting pot of Leeds, the monster has been unleashed across the north of England at a number of jazz festivals after winning the 2016/17 Jazz North Introduces Award. Notable performances include support slots for Seamus Blake, Trio HLK and Mammal Hands.
Sam Quintana- Double Bass/Compositions
Ben Powling- Tenor Saxophone
Calvin Travers- Guitar
Aleks Podraza- Piano/keys
Tom Higham- Drums
Kjetil Mulelid Trio consist of some of Norway's most interesting jazz musicians that are involved in projects like "Hegge" (Norwegian Grammy Award winner 2017), "Megalodon Collective" (Norwegian Grammy Award nomination 2016, and winner of JazzIntro 2016), "Wako" and the "Trondheim Jazz Orchestra". They play modern acoustic jazz, and the music is a mixture of compositions written by Mulelid and pure collective improvisations.
"The music is simple, beautiful and well composed tunes which goes in and out of expressive improvisations" (Olav Opsvik, NO).
"The compositions reflects Mulelid's rich and melodic play" (Eyal Hareuveni, IS).
The trio have since 2016 toured three times in West-Europe and played concerts on some of Norway's biggest jazz scenes, recorded some great live videos and released their debut album "Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House" which got honored world wide by critics.
"Best of the year" - Jez Nelson, Jazz FM (UK)
"It took me several listens to fully realise just how magical this album is" - The Wire (UK)
"Mulelid and his two equally young colleagues reveals timeless quality" - Baby Blaue (DE)
“Unbelievable that the musicians in the trio are all between 25 and 30" - Written in Music (NL)
Kjetil Mulelid - piano
Bjørn Marius Hegge - double bass
Andreas Winther - drums
Ari Hoenig is one of the jazz worlds most respected and innovative drummers. A prolific bandleader and sideman, he has appeared on over a hundred recordings and worked with a diverse spectrum of artists including Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and Chris Potter.
"He's got Rhythm of every variety…trickles of rhythm seeping into all the cracks and at regular intervals he changes the rhythm, pouring it out or stoppering it, turning its emphasis around, subdividing or refocusing it and making it follow the melody." Ben Ratliff (New York Times)
‘Ari Hoenig, a disconcerting phenomenon of the drums’ Jazzman Magazine
Ari Hoenig - Drums
Tom Ollendorf - Guitar
Conor Chaplin - Bass