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A Hologram Maze (1st show)

 ‘A Hologram Maze’ is the latest project from composer and pianist David Austin Grey.

A quartet featuring some of Birmingham and the UK’s finest improvisors; AHM perform carefully constructed original compositions, filled with soaring, lyrical melodies and enticingly catchy rhythmic passages.

The open approach of the band leads to shifts of mood and energy through each piece. The result is music that is laced with edgy, dynamic flair and at the same-time beautifully warm and sweet.

This same treatment is also applied to a handful of re-workings of classic jazz standards drawn from the repertoire of composers such as Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers, Harold Arlen and Vernon Duke.


David Austin Grey – piano

Xhosa Cole – tenor sax / flute

Shivraj Singh – double bass

Nathan Jones – drums



David Austin Grey is a UK based pianist, composer and educator working across multiple musical disciplines, and often combining different artistic mediums. He has worked throughout the UK and internationally, including residencies and collaborations in Brazil, The United States and South Asia.
His most long-standing group ‘Hansu-Tori’ has received national press and radio play (BBC Radio 3, Jazzwise Magazine, Jazz FM, BBC Introducing, The Observer, BBC WM and BBC Radio Scotland).

A graduate of The University of Birmingham and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; David has worked with such well-respected artists and institutions as

Birmingham Royal Ballet, British Council, Sound and Music, Courtney Pine, Eliza Shaddad, Soweto Kinch, Freya Roy, Xhosa Cole, Black Voices, Michael League and Snarky Puppy.



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Please note the following:

  • Please buy tickets in advance as there will be no door sales.
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  • Full details of the measures that we are taking to prevent transmission of Covid are set out in our risk assessment and management plan which can be found on our website.
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