Chris Jarrett meets Luca Ciarla
World-class piano and violin. 30 January
Melodic, exciting and beguilingly atmospheric music led by Get The Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie and featuring Will Harris on bass, Mark Whitlam on drums, with special guest Dan Messore on guitar.
Electronics and acoustic instruments combine with a minimalist, evolutionary approach to improvisation. At times dark, subtle and movingly beautiful, at others powerful and raw, the results are always innovative, tuneful and exciting.
“This hot-shot jazz trio’s debut CD features spaciously atmospheric music that loops and elaborates through group interaction … The deft use of electronic enhancement in an essentially acoustic adds to a sense of mystery and surprise.” Colston Hall, Bristol
“… this band has a subtle range of textures that really needs our attention. The line-up is predictable and promising, with Get The Blessing saxman McMurchie joined by Will Harris (bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums), but the idea is more surprising – loose modal improvisational pieces based on insistence and evolution. It’s a mix of acoustic and electric, with McMurchie’s synth-sax and pedals and Whitlam’s fancy-pad augmented kit adding loops and language beyond the expected. Harris, standing centrally and stooped around his bass, roots much of it with single note repetitions, playing rhythm while Whitlam flourishes around his cymbals or sparks up the electrics. McMurchie coaxes, loops, stutters and wails each piece to life, giving it flavour. Now and then there’s a snappy little tune and, for one number, a surf-pop drumbeat and a wig-out bass like jazz on a 60s Californian beach.” Tony Benjamin, Venue Magazine