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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

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Terrain

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I; II; III.

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Article: Album Review

Portico Quartet: Terrain

Read "Terrain" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Much like the world of its creation—that of spring 2020, in the early phase of the Covid-19 shutdown—this Terrain is a landscape both familiar and strange. The ingredients of Portico Quartet's one-of-a-kind sound are recognizably there: the nebulous electronic soundscaping, the organic and gently compelling rhythms, the resonant tone of the hang drum which always feels ...

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Article: Interview

Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn

Read "Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn" reviewed by Chris May


After five years without the release of any newly recorded material, the British trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has returned in winter 2020 with a fresh new band and a sparkling new album, Salute To The Sun, on his Gondwana Records label. It is more than good to have him and his music back.

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 15-16.1.2020 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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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