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"A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other."

Jazzwise ★★★★

"The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces are full of delightful colour and detail –but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic."

The Jazz Mann

"...infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures."

BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

“An album of unified musical dexterity, with not a note wasted and with sound as story – clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open”

Morning Star

"The alchemy of the players here shows that with the right blend music can be magical.” "

Jazzviews

"...a celebration of life itself."

London Jazz News ★★★★

ABOUT ARQ

Described by the Guardian as “spirited, eloquent and graceful” and by the Observer as “purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band”, ARQ’s music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and world music influences.

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ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past three years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’. The has built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five star reviews in jazz and national press. ARQ recently completed a 30 date ‘Magic Life’ UK tour with a sell-out crowd at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club and will continue their tour in 2018. Watch live video performed at Pizza Express here.

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Deirdre Cartwright, Buster Birch, Alison Rayner, Diane McLoughlin, Steve Lodder photo © Jane C Reid

ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past three years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’.

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© Jane C Reid photo

‘British bassist and composer Alison Rayner’s 2014 debut album, August, was an expected reminder of her warmth and alertness as an ensemble player, but also the unexpected emergence of a vivid new compositional voice. 'A Magic Life' retains the same fine band (Diane McLoughlin on saxophones, Deirdre Cartwright on guitar, Steve Lodder on keys and Buster Birch on drums), and a similarly open and accessible mix of jazz, folk and classical ingredients. Celtic, eastern European, jazz-funk and swing rhythms variously drive the music, with a spirited folk dance shared by soprano saxophone and guitar immediately spurring Lodder’s fluid eloquence and a snaking sax break on the opening title track, Cartwright bursting into rockish guitar distort on the funky, handclapping Mayday, McLoughlin smoky on tenor in the lilting ballad New Day, and exhibiting a gracefully languid old-school swing on the instrument in the emphatic, riffy OK Chorale. A Magic Life may be stylistically diverse, but Rayner’s themes are united by the inviting impression that many could have been written to be sung. ’John Fordham, The Guardian November 2016

CLICK LINKS BELOW TO LISTEN TO SAMPLE TRACKS FROM 'A MAGIC LIFE'
MUSICOPHILIA
A MAGIC LIFE
THE TRUNK CALL
MAY DAY

A Magic Life Tour Continues

2017
December 7 London, Lauderdale Jazz

2018
Feb 9 Birmingham Jazz
10 Shrewsbury Hive
13 BBC Radio London – live recording
16 Chichester Jazz Club
21 London, Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club

3 May Jazz Coventry
10 London, Vortex Jazz Club
12 Bromley YMT (gig & workshop)

21 June London, Poplar Uunion
22 June Naturist Jazz & Real Ale Festival

19-27 Sept Touring Germany
20-26 Nov Touring North of England & Scotland

ARQ welcomes enquiries from venues and festivals in 2018.

Bookings

Danielle White +44(0)7841675263
daniraestar@aol.com
www.blowthefuse.com
MUSIC AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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