Note Productions presents
THE LUND QUARTET
I ATE MURCURY
Lund Quartet are an instrumental band from Bristol. Five years in the making,their unique approach to music blends the space of the Scandinavian Jazz scene with the creative opportunities of subtle turntablism. These highly skilled players seek a careful balance between precision and improvisation, combining the power of a jazz piano trio with the solo recordings of specially recorded performances of local musicians, both straight and scratched.
Lund Quartet consist of the self-taught Simon Adcock on piano and theremin, hip hop producer Jake Wittlin on turntable, and the dub, ska and drum ‘n’ bass influenced Rob Childs and Sam Muscat on double bass and drums. In 2010, they decided to dedicate themselves to the Lund Quartet by renting out an industrial unit in a car mechanic’s yard and building their own studio, with materials and equipment scavenged from skips and willing friends. This ability to build from the most diverse of sources is at the heart of the Lund Quartet manifesto.
At ease with technology, their compositions often form around the recording of a hypnotic groove, then inviting someone to play over it. This is then chopped up, sampled and replayed through the turntable. Check out a beautifully filmed live version of ‘Sequoia’ on YouTube to see this almost effortless process at work. A rhythmic pulse of the double bass. A train-trackdrum pattern and an emotional sweep of piano keys. Then along come the gloriously plaintive Afro horns, distorted and scratched.
Already making radio waves from Gilles Peterson on Radio 1 to Radio 3’s Late Junction, Lund Quartet are taking their sound to a wider world of jazz, hip hop and electronica. In a dark corner of your soul it might even provoke a feeling of resentment that here is a band that’s just making it look all too easy.
“Combining the raw urban energy of the vibrant Bristol scene with European aesthetics, Lund Quartet explodes in your ear drums like a bouillabaisse of Harold Budd, Portico Quartet, Arve Henriksen and Portishead” – JazzWrap
“If this is jazz, it’s de-cluttered, minimal and atmospheric, with an Enoesque approach to melody.” – Wire Magazine
“Lund Quartet have a secret weapon: discretion” – Q Magazine
“Brilliant. It’s got something quintisentially Bristol about it, and yet something so different. It’s jazz, it’s turntablism, it’s great!” – Richard Pitt, BBC Introducing
I Ate Mercury – James Mackin and Claire Fitch (cello)
Mackin invites musicians to improvise upon arrangements in a studio environment
before the gig, and documents the process. He then projects snippets of the filmed footage as an interactive audio-visual backdrop to the overall musical collage, which he creates live at the show balanced with live musicians and stunning visuals by Donal Dineen/Hector Castillo.
Strictly over 18’s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club /// ZEBRA /// [Live Bands and guest DJs] w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm (Free entry before 10:30pm).