Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ) - UK and European live performances June - November 2018.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
We have received the following press release;
ARQ is a vital and creative jazz quintet led by bass player Alison Rayner, whose profile has risen dramatically over the past four years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’.
Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘a beautifully integrated band’, their music is inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. Their combination of richly nuanced compositions – frequently inspired by personal experience – with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole.
They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five- star reviews in jazz and national press. Their 40-date ‘A Magic Life’ UK tour, supported by Arts Council of England, concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. ARQ’s 2018 touring includes summer festivals and Autumn dates in Germany and Scotland.
In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of fine musicians who sympathetically support her music. They are currently previewing new music to be featured on their third album, due for release in 2019.
ARQ: Diane McLoughlin saxophones | Buster Birch drums & perc | Alison Rayner double bass | Steve Lodder piano | Deirdre Cartwright guitar
28 London Poplar Union
13 Stourbridge Bonded Warehouse
14 Swanage Jazz Festival
1 Abergavenny Wall2Wall Jazz Festival
19 Frankfurt Fabrik
20 Bremen Burgerhaus Hemelingen
21 Hamburg Motte
22 Lubeck Essig Fabrik
24 Berlin B flat Jazz Club
25 Kiel Kulturforum
26 NWR tbc
27 Recklinghausen Altstadtschmeide
8 London Vortex Jazz Club
19 Edinburgh Traverse Theatre
20 Eyemouth Hippodrome
21 Edinburgh Jazz Bar
22 Newcastle The Globe
23 York The Basement
‘In a Jazz age with an abundance of technical excellence – and ARQ have it in great quantity – we look for something else as well. ARQ bring to the stage a musical bond that is expressed in such fun and joyful moments that it is a pleasure to be in the room with them. Jazz of the highest quality.’
Phil Rose, Birmingham Jazz
‘A master-class in empathetic playing with superb solos and a rhythm section of the highest calibre. Don’t miss these virtuoso musicians when they come to town.’
Phil Webb, Restormel Arts
‘Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’
★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic… a beautifully integrated band’
★★★★ The Observer
‘Unified musical dexterity, not a note wasted and with sound as story — clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open’
The Morning Star
‘Spirited, eloquent and graceful’
★★★ The Guardian
‘A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’
‘A celebration of life itself‘
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