stars
 
ARQCDCover
stars

"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 ★★★★

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.

ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past three years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’. Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band’, their music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and other world music influences. They have 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 be touring again this autumn.

ARQ Group5 DSC 2702 JaneCReid

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’.

***
Alison Rayner1 JaneCReid

© 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

VidShot1

CLICK IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW LIVE VIDEO OF 'TRUNK CALL'

A Magic Life Tour

2017
March 8 Sheffield Lescar
March 9 Nottingham Jazz Steps, Bonington Theatre
March 10 Lincoln Jazzpac, The Collection
March 11 Leeds Jazz at Heart
March 23 Poole, Sound Cellar
March 24 Exeter, Barnfield Theatre
March 31 Birmingham Jazzlines

April 2 Colchester Arts Centre
April 20 NC Jazz, Northants
April 26 Stratford Jazz, Stratford upon Avon
April 27 Cellar Bar, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

June 13 Brecon Jazz Club
June 14 Cardiff The Flute and Tankard
June 15 Bristol Future Inns
June 16 Swansea, Taliesen Arts Centre
June 19 London, Pizza Express Soho

November 20 Appledore, Beaver Inn
November 21 St Ives Jazz Club
November 22 St Austell, The Bosun’s
November 23 Cambridge Jazz Festival
November 24 Orpington Jazz Club
December 7 London, Lauderdale Jazz

2018
February 8 Jazz Coventry
February 9 Birmingham Jazz
February 10 Shrewsbury Hive
February 16 Chichester Jazz Club
February 21 Soho Pizza Express

ARQ welcomes enquiries from venues and festivals in 2018.

Arts council logo Lottery

Bookings

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

Raestar

reach out to promoters and beyond with your message, photos and videos via Raestar Promotions | Danielle White +44 (0)7841 675 263 daniraestar@aol.com | www.daniraestar.com

 
 
Powered by Mad Mimi®A GoDaddy® company