AQR Jazz Ensemble
Thursday 27th June 2019
AQR: Winners of the Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
★ Shortlisted: Best Small Group 2018 British Jazz Awards
★ Alison Rayner Runner-up: Best Double Bass 2018 British Jazz Awards
Described by LondonJazzNews as ‘a celebration of life itself’ ARQ’s music is ‘inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality, frequently inspired by personal experiences’ – the jazzman.com
ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are known for their vibrant, communicative performances.
Alison Rayner’s London based contemporary and creative jazz quintet recently completed a successful tour of Germany. In addition to the winning‘Best Ensemble of the Year’ in the prestigious 2018 All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Alison is also nominated in ‘Best Double Bass’ category in the 2018 British Jazz Awards.
Their combination of richly nuanced compositions with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole. ARQ’s profile has risen dramatically over the past five years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their two albums ‘August’ and ‘A Magic Life’.
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’ tour of the UK was supported by Arts Council England. They are now previewing new music from their third album, due for release 2019, with further touring planned for later in the year.
On stage, ARQ are known for vibrant, communicative performances. Individually, the group’s track record includes work with such international artists as Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, George Russell, John Harle, The Guest Stars, Marjorie Whylie, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez, Tal Farlow and BBC TV’s Rockschool series which was broadcasted in both the UK and USA.
‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ – The Guardian
‘a beautifully integrated band’ – The Observer
‘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
‘Unified musical dexterity, not a note wasted and with sound as story — clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open’ The Morning Star ‘A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other’ – Jazzwise
Alison Rayner – double bass
Buster Birch – drums
Deirdre Cartwright – guitar
Diane McLoughlin – saxophones
Steve Lodder – piano
This is a fully seated event. Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm