Described as “An innovator” and “A gamechanger” by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his quintet, dubbed “An exciting band to hear live” by John Fordham. Their debut ‘Entanglement’ was released in 2013 to great acclaim, followed by ‘Zero Sum World’ in 2015. They have toured extensively and their third album ‘Life I Know’ for Edition Records was released on the 9th of November 2018. The release was very warmly received by the press. It received 5 star reviews, made numerous “best of 2018” lists, received airplay in the UK, Europe, Australia, and hundreds of thousands of plays (and counting) on Spotify. It is being described as “career-defining”.
Tonight features the trio formation of this band, the smaller formation allowing the musicians more freedom. They will perform some of this music as well as brand new music. Tom Farmer is playing bass and James Maddren is playing drums.
Ant has played in Tim Garland’s band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis, featuring on ‘Songs To The North Sky’, ‘Return To The Fire’ and ‘ONE’ which was shortlisted for a Grammy and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He is a member of Trio HLK who record/tour with Dame Evelyn Glennie. He has also worked with Cory Henry, Thomas Gould and is frequently featured in “Total Guitar” and “Guitar Techniques” magazines, in which he was recently listed as an “Astounding Virtuoso”. Ant has an interest in Physics, which he read as a scholar at Edinburgh University.
Other than the classical piano training, Law’s only formal schooling in music was one semester on scholarship at Berklee College Of Music, Boston. This he says was crucial because he heard gospel music and gospel drummers for the first time, and lots of Latin American music. The semester was completed in the middle of a Physics degree he was reading at Edinburgh University, also as a scholar. It was whilst studying the degree that he became obsessed with jazz and played his first jazz gigs. By this point he had discovered and started to use Perfect 4ths tuning for the guitar. In a case of convergent evolution however, other players (like Stanley Jordan and Tom Quayle) had also discovered and were using this same tuning. Allan Holdsworth has said that if he could start again, he would tune this way. Ant wrote a book introducing the tuning entitled “3rd Millenium Guitar” which is published by Mel Bay.
After completing the degree he concentrated on make a living playing guitar, eventually moving to London and immersing himself in the scene there. He also lived in NYC for a season to study with his heroes Ari Hoenig, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, Lage Lund, Gilad Hekselman, Johannes Weidenmueller, Tim Miller and others.
Ant Law – guitar
Tom Farmer – bass
James Maddren – drums