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Bonsai / Bonsai Club
UBU0031 / CD & Digital Formats
Release Date: 31st May 2019
Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce the signing of rising stars Bonsai, with the release of their second album, Bonsai Club, on 31st May.
Chosen in the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’ in Jazzwise, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award-winning band that are based in London, UK. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s.
Bonsai's sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations negotiated through mutual admiration for each other. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; through this process they've challenged their own musical boundaries. Given that the Ingham brothers have been playing together for nearly 20 years, when the unusual frontline of trombone/violin/vocals is met with the ferociously “high- octane” rhythm section, the ensemble has an electric synergy that results in “pure musical gold”.
The line-up includes the winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, his brother Dominic Ingham on violin/vocals, Toby Comeau on piano/keyboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner) on drums.
As the band explains, “’Bonsai Club’ is an album of compositions by Bonsai. This is a group where everyone is the leader, and the music is written to be played by each other, with each other. The long-standing relationships between Jonny, brothers Rory and Dom, and childhood best friends Toby and Joe mean that Bonsai are able to work cohesively and freely as a collective, resulting in total synergy. For this record Bonsai have explored breaking down boundaries between genres, whilst developing a sound that is driven by a myriad of ingredients: expressive vocals, a plethora of synths, and groove fuelled improvisations.”
“Bonsai are bouncing with excitement (like a dog with two tails!), to be releasing ‘Bonsai Club’ on Ubuntu Music”, trombonist Rory Ingham continues. “We’re overjoyed that Martin Hummel has decided to provide us with the platform to release this brand-new music; Martin is one of the most supportive, forward-looking and open-minded individuals on the UK jazz scene. I am truly hopeful that we reach an audience that enjoys all kinds of music, as this album has something for everybody.”
“When I first heard and then saw these guys perform, I was completely knocked out”, said Martin Hummel, Director of Ubuntu Music. “And others certainly agree. Bonsai has a very bright future ahead of them. Watch this space…”.
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Andrew McCormack/Graviton: The Calling
UBU0025 / CD & Digital Formats
Release Date: 7th June 2019
Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce the signing of multi-talented pianist/composer/producer Andrew McCormack, to release Graviton: The Calling, the second album in the Graviton series.
Graviton is a formidable prog-jazz group led by McCormack, drawing on his wide range of influences that demonstrate his talents for composition as well as showcasing the band’s captivating performances. The music evades clear categorisation. However, the pianist always looks to push himself and his fellow musicians to find something new yet accessible.
Graviton: The Calling—Album Teaser Video
Scheduled for release in Summer 2019 on the fast-rising Ubuntu Music record label, Graviton’s second album, The Calling, follows the storyline of the classic "Hero’s Journey".
The group includes the forefront of the UK contemporary jazz scene with Noemi Nuti on vocals, Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone, Tom Herbert on electric bass and Josh Blackmore on drums.
"I've worked with Martin as my manager for nearly six years and I'm beyond thrilled to be able to release my music on his label and under our greater control”, said McCormack. “I've watched him build his team and grow Ubuntu Music from strength to strength over the last couple of years and I hope I can do my bit to help contribute to what is rapidly becoming one of the leading independent jazz labels on the scene."
Martin Hummel, Founder and Director of Ubuntu Music said, “Andrew and I have now worked together for some time, initially with me as his manager. The relationship has grown considerably and has delivered significant results. Ultimately, the logical extension was for Andrew to decide that the Ubuntu Music record label was the right place for his music. We are absolutely thrilled to embrace Andrew as a full member of the family and look forward to many more successful years together.”
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