Troyka are Chris Montague, Joshua Blackmore and Kit Downes, three young musicians based in London whose intense live shows have seen them hotly tipped to follow in the foot steps of Polar Bear and Portico Quartet and become the next young band to explode from the capital’s fertile jazz scene. A multi-textured trio with a febrile imagination where no role is pre-defined, their music twists and mutates in an ongoing dialogue inspired by a shared love of Aphex Twin, the angular world of iconclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and the blues-jazz-rock groove of legendary Steely Dan and Billy Cobham guitarist Wayne Krantz. With their visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music, Trokya sound more like Tony William’s Lifetime remix by Burial than the classic hammond organ trio. But then that’s the point, they’re part of a new generation of young musicians who refuse to be constrained by the old boundaries.

Trio HSk

Formed in 2013, Trio HSK comprises of three of Scotlandâs most creative young musicians. The three musicians- Richard Harrold, Ant Law and Richard Kass- share a love of music that might be deemed rhythmically or harmonically deviant. Structurally, their compositions draw from ideas from Contemporary Classical music and Jazz, while referencing idiomatic elements of hip-hop, breakcore, metal and the music of the Americas. Their intention is to play with musical ambiguities, particularly that of perceived rhythm, and to experiment with improvisation within these frameworks.

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