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Portico Quartet

The Portico Quartet are a bunch of guys in their early twenties who play instrumental music. Formed four years ago from two sets of schoolfriends, they share a house in East London, make recordings, and play festivals and clubs. Yet what distinguishes them from dozens of other Hackney hopefuls is the way they sound - a fresh, unclichéd resynthesis and reinvention of music that's both pleasingly familiar and thrillingly new, like World Music from the future. With largely acoustic resources - percussion, bass and wind instruments - they have conjured and refined a group signature that's immediately recognizable

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

The Best of Belgian Jazz 19|20 Flagey Bruxelles 15-16.2.2020 Giunto alla sua sesta edizione, il festival jazz di Bruxelles è diventato in breve tempo un importante punto di riferimento per l'attivissima scena musicale belga, grazie a un programma che dà molto spazio ai giovani musicisti locali, pur senza rinunciare a ...

Memory Streams

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: With, Beside, Against; Signals in the Dusk; Gradient; Ways of Seeing; Memory Palace; Offset; Dissident Gardens; Double Helix; Immediately Visible.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Another year, another wealth of goodies, and as usual it seems unfair to narrow down so many fine offerings to only a dozen favorites. Also as usual, there were a couple late discoveries that would have deserved to be included here last year if I'd known about them at the time. Belated credit goes to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Portico Quartet: Memory Streams

Read "Memory Streams" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If it was possible to directly sublimate lucid dreams into sound, it isn't hard to imagine the results coming out somewhat like this. Music is made to simulate that kind of loose natural flow of thoughts often enough, but it's more rare for it to capture the experience as directly and vividly as Portico Quartet do ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2019

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2019 Fano, varie sedi 18-28.7.2019 Il programma della ventisettesima edizione del festival marchigiano ha combinato con grande intelligenza proposte significative del panorama attuale, ha alternato esperienze e generi diversi, riuscendo a sollecitare la curiosità dello specialista come del grosso pubblico. Il clou del festival ha ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Szun Waves: New Hymn To Freedom

Read "New Hymn To Freedom" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Pythagoras had this notion that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum. Put simply, as these orbs travel through space they produce certain sound waves. Ever wondered what that might actually sound like? Wonder no more, for this second album from vanguard jazz trio Szun Waves is surely what Pythagoras had in ...

Art in the Age of Automation

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Endless; Objects to Place in a Tomb; Rushing; Art in the Age of Automation; S/2000S5; A Luminous Beam; Beyond Dialogue; RGB; Current History; Mercury Eyes; Lines Glow.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Geno Thackara

My second year playing in the All About Jazz sandbox has been even more packed with great times and great musical discoveries than the first. I had the pleasure of reviewing plenty of terrific recordings just as strong or highly-rated as those on this list, not to mention some superb live shows, but these were the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Portico Quartet: Art in the Age of Automation

Read "Art in the Age of Automation" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's an inevitable rule that pretty much any piece of automated technology, especially digital technology, gets criticized for replacing something natural. The synthesizer invited a backlash when it was used (and yes, often misused) as a substitute for 'real' instruments--ditto the computerized tones and robotic timekeeping of MIDI and digital programming. Nonetheless, it's just as inevitable ...


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