EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

Andrea Di Biase’s 'Escape Hatch'

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Last Show: Tuesday 19 th November 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Created by bassist Andrea Di Biase, the trio explores a large variety of musical landscapes with verve and originality: influences from classical composers such as Ligeti and Messiaen nestle alongside polyrhythmic structures reminiscent of Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman. 

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“Sensually hypnotic and thematically cohesive. Exhilarating contemporary jazz. ”

Selwyn Harris; JazzWise

Escape Hatch will be performing original compositions from their latest album “Roots of Unity” and they will be joined in this special occasion by Italian raising star pianist Alessandro Lanzoni. 

With a focus on the aesthetics of longer, progressive compositional outcomes – affording the freedom for elaboration through melodic development, harmonic color and extended improvisation – Escape Hatch’s searching, artistic alliance reflects their core intent: ‘a tribute to the power that music has to transport listeners and performers to the antipodes of the mind.’ That said, the original, individual writing of Di Biase flows both lyrically and connectively, presenting an overarching accessibility which belies the elemental complexity and underlying logic of its construction.

As Di Biase explains: “One of the beautiful aspects of this band is that it is a fertile environment where we are willing to explore new ideas; to let go of a composition and allow it to grow at the hands of the performers. And when we find solutions to the various challenges (when you start feeling it in your body), a ‘eureka moment’ is reached. It’s that discovery process we’re always looking for.” 

Echoing Escape Hatch’s creative bond, as well as offering a defiant response to current political divisiveness by reaffirming what we share as human beings, Roots of Unity also strongly reflects Di Biase’s interest in mathematical concepts in relation to music – specifically, the idea that a complex number (raised to a certain power n) can be transformed into the figure ‘one’, from complexity to simplicity. But whatever connection is made, this is a repertoire whose integrity and finesse shine out. The band is multifaceted, it possesses a conventional piano trio immediacy, yet it has also been purposefully conceived, with artisan-like ingenuity.

Band Lineup

Alessandro Lanzoni (piano)

Andrea Di Biase (double bass)

Dave Hamblett (drums)