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UK's celebrated jazz group EMPIRICAL on their first ever North American Tour Summer 2019

From a media release:

UK's celebrated jazz group
EMPIRICAL
is embarking on their first ever North American Tour
Summer 2019


Check out their catalogue on Cuneiform Records

One of the UK's hottest young jazz bands is on tour in North America as we speak. Formed in 2007, Empirical have quickly established themselves as one of the UK's most explorative and exciting groups in modern jazz.
Left to right: Lewis Wright - Vibraphone, Shaney Forbes - Drums, Tom Farmer -Double Bass, Nathaniel Facey - Alto Sax
This dynamic London-based collective takes influence from a variety of  styles, but has managed to craft their own distinct sound built on improvisation, collaboration and shared music vision, earning them critical acclaim. Their innovative approach to music and the unique ways in which they engage their audience, has helped them attract new listeners.



In 2016, the band organized a week-long "Pop-up Jazz Lounge" at Old Street Underground Station in London, showcasing the group's ability to push the aesthetic and conceptual boundaries of jazz in a way that appeals to both new listeners and veterans of the genre. They later brought these pop-ups to other cities within the UK. Now, in 2019, Empirical is bringing their high energy performances to the United States and Canada on their first North American Tour.

Empirical has become one of Europe’s top jazz ensembles by creating a bracing sound rife with roiling emotion. The quartet builds on the extroverted improvisational ethos of the 1960s New Thing, embracing oblique harmonies, translucent textures and jagged, quick shifting rhythms. Featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and Tom Farmer (bass), Connection is the fifth Empirical album, the first to feature only the quartet with no guests, and the first released outside of their home base of England. It captures the ensemble at its most pure and potent.

“Each of our previous albums was an experiment, where we included various guests from a string quartet to a pianist to bass clarinet,” Farmer says. “This time we went into a great sounding studio with just the four of us. It’s an accurate representation of what we’re doing now, what our gigs sound like. This is our expression.”
Empirical Jazz - Photo - Chris Baker
The tour continues through June:

Sunday June 23, 2019
Rhizome 7:00 PM   
6950 Maple St, NW Washington DC

Tuesday June 25, 2019 & Wednesday June 26, 2019
Dizzy's Club 11:15 PM   
10 Columbus Circle New York, NY

Friday June 28, 2019
Edmonton Jazz Festival 7:30pm / 9:15pm   
11 Tommy Banks Way Edmonton, AB

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