An eclectic new project, this group combines the worlds of jazz, world music and classical, featuring the intimate chamber instrumentation of violin, guitar, cello and accordion and an elegant yet fiery fusion of improvisation and written music.
Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to the early modern and folk music of Western Europe, Balagan fuses these threads into a coherent and characteristic sound world.
‘…this is music for the ears, heart and feet.’
The past couple of years have seen the band perform at venues including the Elgar Room, Omnibus and National Portrait Gallery to enthusiastic public responses. The ensemble features some of the UK’s most versatile and capable artists:
Christian Miller – Guitar/Leader
Trading astronomy for the guitar, Christian has played and recorded with a broad cross section of London’s finest musicians including: Nigel Price, Adrian Cox, Mike Mondesir and many others in music ranging from New Orleans jazz and swing through to bop, contemporary jazz and electric fusion.
A student of a broad spectrum of musicians including Dave Cliff, Peter Bernstein, Barry Harris, Stevie Wishart and Keith Tippet, he aims to combine a deep respect for the traditions of jazz with an open mind for future directions. His projects include string fusion group Balagan Cafe Band, gypsy jazz band the Hot Club of Jupiter and electric jazz quartet Big Fan.