ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Led by bassist and composer Alison Rayner, multi award-winning quintet ARQ are widely celebrated from several years of extensive UK and European touring. Their music combines richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies; this, along with their love of improvisation, creates a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are lauded for their vibrant, communicative performances.

£15.00

"A collection of eight perfectly formed originals"

BBC Music Magazine

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ARQ’s  third album Short Stories (released October 2019), supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation, has received extensive national / international radio play and press acclaim. Promotional touring was halted by the pandemic in Spring 2020; this now resumes with an appearance at Ronnie Scott’s and regional touring from October 2021.

Short Stories reviews

  • A collection of eight perfectly formed originals. BBC Music Magazine
  • Memories brought to lif.e The Observer 
  • A great album. All About Jazz
  • A thing of beauty, an album that celebrates life. Something Else 
  • Another impeccable album featuring warm, colourful, intelligent writing and exceptional playing. 1/2 thejazzmann.com 

Awards 

  • Ivor Novello Composer Award 2019 Alison Rayner
  • All PartyParliamentary Jazz Award 2018 Ensemble of the Year  
  • British Jazz Award 2018 Best Small Group  

http://www.alisonrayner.com/

Band Line Up

Alison Rayner (double/fretless bass)

Buster Birch (drums / percussion)

Deirdre Cartwright (guitar)

Diane McLoughlin (saxophones)

Steve Lodder (piano)