Formed in 2014 this trio takes on the classic guitar trio format with new angles and visions. The music draws on multiple influences and themes, the contrasts of urbanism and nature, Swedish folklore, musical escapism and the volatility of improvisation. Bridging genres and techniques these three players merge their highly personal sounds into inventive forms and explorations of jazz.
Tobias Andersson (guitar)
Alfred Ringstad (double bass)
William Soovik (drums)
Satori is a Buddhist word meaning a moment of illumination or clarity. It emphasizes the interplay between practice and enlightenment, which could be said to correspond to the craft and art of improvised music.
atori 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)
osephine Davies (saxophones)
James Maddren/Paul Clarvis (drums)
Dave Whitford (bass)
Chris Williams - alto sax
Alam Nathoo - tenor sax
Mick Coady - bass
Adam Teixeira - drums
Vitor Pereira - guitar
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”
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"
"Experimental modern jazz from this heavyweight band led by Portuguese guitarist Pereira"
“hard-hitting contemporary jazz-rock flavour in line with Pereira’s fine politically motivated compositions"
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
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