What's on at York Picturehouse - Basement Jazz Club
In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of musicians who sympathetically support her music.
The group’s imaginative and assured playing are superbly suited to Rayner’s compositions and reflect a confidence inspired by working intensively together, touring their first album 'August'.
ARQ’s profile has risen rapidly in the past four years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’. Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band’, their music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and other world music influences.
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 recent 30-date ‘Magic Life’ UK tour concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club.
‘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
‘A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwise
‘A celebration of life itself ‘ LondonJazzNews
‘The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces are full of delightful colour and detail –but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic.” thejazzmann.com
20.00Basement Bar: Live events venue below City Screen hosting live music, comedy & arts
Basement Jazz Club: The Basement Jazz CLub is a new project which wants to put York's amazing jazz scene front and centre.