Sunday, May 7th:
One of the hottest and most exciting young UK bands in improvised music, Partikel cite a varied range of influences - including Kenny Garrett, Aphex Twin and Steve Vai - and fuse their love of jazz, rock and World Music to perform original, high-energy material that can turn on a knife-edge from winsome, atmospheric melody making, to dark, hard riffing, but can equally be eloquent and articulate. Some critics have also suggested touches of King Crimson and Frank Zappa in their music.
With three highly acclaimed albums to their credit - Partikel, Cohesion and String Theory - Partikel wowed the audience at last year’s Love Supreme Festival, did likewise recently during a short tour of Germany, and have built up an enormous following in China.
Reviewing the group’s latest CD, Counteraction, All About Jazz surmised: “Imbued with a kaleidoscopically changing palette of sonic colours and tempos, this is an album of brave and imaginative compositions enhanced by bravura performances,” while Bebop Spoken Here called it “a marvellous canvas of contemporary, free-spirited jazz."
When you combine drummer Eric Ford's timbre and inventive patterns with bassist Max Luthert's propulsive yet flexible bass licks, saxophonist Duncan Eagle's hard-edged lyricism, Anna Cooper's impressive baritone and flute, and the lean, purposeful, ambitious and engrossing guitar work of special guest Ant Law, the end result is a powerful, punchy outfit with an inventive and imaginative set of tunes.
Partikel is a group that continues to push the boundaries, wearing their intention to be exceptional on their sleeves, and live they are utterly exhilarating.
Watch the guys performing Midnight Mass from their String Theory CD and take a listen to Lanterns, a track from their latest offering, Counteraction.
"The three protagonists are musicians of great stature." - All About Jazz (Italy)
"Both accessible and innovative." - Sandy Brown Jazz
"A highly satisfying album." - BBC Music Magazine
"Exciting and thrilling.” - UK Vibe ☆☆☆☆
"With a great sound and an excellent sense, Partikel deliver songs that really are cohesive.” - Jazz PT Magazine (Portugal) ☆☆☆☆
Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions
Doors open 7.0pm. Music from 7.30pm