‘A 'power trio' with the force and volume of a rock band but with the invention and sophistication of a new jazz trio to be reckoned with’ Peter Fay (Manchester Music Photographer)
Apes Grapes likes to explore the capabilities of the guitar-based trio. Using traditional/well-established methods, such as in their composition 'Maria’s House', or more modern/unorthodox techniques, seen in the video 'Blow up, Zoom in', the band hopes to create unique, genre-spanning pieces of music where great tension and relief coincide. The sound comes from a diversity of electronics and inspirations such as Pat Metheny, Battles and Steve Reich, which Rachel Maby (Manchester Jazz Festival Journalist) describes as ‘groove driven rock with moments of guitar ballad playing. The music.. (is).. texture driven’. Often the sets are continuous, improvising or composing sections to blend the pieces together. Ultimately, the shape of the performances becomes very important, and we hope by the end that audiences have been moved through a tangible journey of constructed dynamics, textures and timbres.
‘Their intelligent and adventurous composition style is concurrently focused on creating a profoundly engaging performance for their listeners and on pushing their already virtuosic performance abilities to increasingly new heights.’ Mauricio Pauly (Lecturer and Composer)
Plume are a four piece group based in Manchester that have a distinctive sound influenced by electronic textures. The band fuse driving grooves and lush vocals to create an immersive soundscape. Taking influence from the electronic and bass music scene, their quality of musicianship and attention to sound is clear. Their live show fronted by emerging singer Caroline Hendry is truly something to behold.