Autobahn is an ambitious collective trio of musicians who strive to push past boundaries, blurring the lines between improvised and composed music. Influenced by the sounds of luminaries such as Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman, Autobahn incorporates complex rhythmic structures, soaring melodies and ambient textures to forge their own sound, while captivating audiences with their spontaneous energy. The trio is comprised of pianist James Hill, saxophonist and clarinetist Jeff LaRochelle, and drummer Ian Wright, who are all considered in-demand musicians in the Toronto music scene. Collectively and individually, they have worked with renowned musicians such as Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Andy Milne, Chris Potter, Esperanza Spalding, Uri Caine, Rich Brown, Roberto Occhipinti, Geoff Young, and David Occhipinti, among many others. Formed in 2012, Autobahn has had the chance to perform throughout Ontario, Alberta and Quebec, as well as internationally at the Atina Jazz Festival in Italy. In 2014, they released their debut album, The River, garnering a very positive response in the Canadian music scene. In 2015, they had the opportunity to participate in the Banff Centre's Winter Musicians in Residence program to hone their artistic vision and focus on a new body of work. After many months of collaboration and weekly residencies at Toronto's Rex Hotel, Autobahn has recorded their second album, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, at Revolution Recording in Toronto. This new release is produced by the great electric-bassist, Rich Brown, who brings a wealth of experience working with many of Autobahn's most significant influences from New York City. Their sophomore album will be released in the summer of 2016 coinciding with a Canadian tour of the Jazz Festival circuit.
"[A] bold trio with a Gestaltist synergy that...creates something even more spectacular than their already impressive parts."
- David Reed (Belleville Intelligencer)
Willing to teach
Autobahn has taught clinics at:
University of Toronto