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Graham Costello

Graham Costello is a Scottish drummer, composer and visual artist based in Glasgow. He started playing drums at age six, being self-taught until he began studying Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree. He started his music career by being involved in Glasgow’s vibrant underground / independent scene, first with his noise rock duo Young Philadelphia then with the electro-psych krautrock band Outblinker. With these bands he toured all over Europe, experiencing the amazing warmth and breadth of the continental independent music scene. ​ He then formed his band STRATA to bridge the gap between the independent scene and the jazz scene, spearheading a new approach and sound in the growing Scottish improvised music landscape and bringing this music to new audiences. STRATA started the first monthly residency in Glasgow playing original music, in the renowned independent venue Bloc+. They have been nominated for two Scottish Jazz Awards, including “Best Band”, and their debut self-titled EP for “Best Album”

Cygnus

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cygnus; Cygnus (Radio Mix).

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Graham Costello's Strata: Cygnus

Read "Cygnus" reviewed by Chris May

Metal-head jazz! It could only have been made by a Glasgow band. Without wishing to perpetuate stereotypes, the vibe suggests musicians who have spent more time in whisky bars than Tom Waits, Rabbie Burns, Ava Gardner, Mark Twain and Raymond Chandler put together. The focus and precision of their playing, however, suggests sobriety was maintained in ...


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