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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

ARQ is a vital and creative jazz quintet led by bass player Alison Rayner, whose profile has risen dramatically over the past four 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 ‘a beautifully integrated band’, their music is inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. Their combination of richly nuanced compositions – frequently inspired by personal experience – with folk- infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole.

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. Their recent 40-date ‘A Magic Life’ UK tour, supported by Arts Council of England, concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. Now previewing new material for their third album, ARQ’s touring further expands in 2018, with regional UK clubs & festivals and a series of dates in Germany.

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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 group has built a substantial and wide-ranging audience over this period, receiving national and international radio play, with four and five star reviews in jazz and national press. ARQ recently completed a 40-date ‘Magic Life’ UK tour with a sell-out crowd at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Now previewing new material for their third album, their touring is further expanding in 2018, with regional UK clubs & festivals and a series of club dates in Germany.

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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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‘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

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MUSICOPHILIA
A MAGIC LIFE
THE TRUNK CALL
MAY DAY

A Magic Life Tour Continues

2018
3 May Jazz Coventry
10 May London Vortex Jazz Club
12 May Bromley Youth Music Trust

22 June Orpington, Naturist Jazz & Real Ale Festival
28 June London Poplar Union

13 July Stourbridge Bonded Warehouse
14 July Swanage Jazz Festival

19/20 Sept Frankfurt Fabrik tbc
21 Sept Hamburg Motte
22 Sept Lubeck Essigfabrick
24 Sept Berlin B Flat
25 Sept Kiel Kulturforum
26 Sept NWR tbc
27 Sept Recklingshausen Altstadtschmeide

19 Nov Edinburgh Traverse
20 Nov Eyemouth Hippodrome
21 Nov Edinburgh Jazz Bar
22 Nov Newcastle The Globe
23 Nov York The Basement

ARQ welcomes inquiries from venues and festivals in 2018.

Bookings

Danielle White +44(0)7841675263
daniraestar@aol.com
www.blowthefuse.com
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