Winners of Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Alison Rayner: Nominated Best Double Bass 2019 British Jazz Awards and Winner of The Ivors Academy Award for ‘Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble’

ARQ’s profile has risen dramatically over the past five years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their first two albums ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016), and their latest album “Short Stories” (2019). They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press. Their combination of richly nuanced compositions with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are known for their vibrant, communicative performances.

Individually, the group’s track record includes work with such international artists as Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, George Russell, John Harle, The Guest Stars, Marjorie Whylie, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez, Tal Farlow and BBC TV’s Rockschool series, broadcasted in both the UK and USA.

Featuring Alison Rayner – double bass, Buster Birch – drums, Deirdre Cartwright – guitar, Diane McLoughlin – saxophones, Steve Lodder – piano

‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ – The Guardian

‘Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’ – BBC Music Magazine

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