1 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2NQ
1 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2NQ
Yetii are an acoustic piano trio from Bristol who play original compositions combining flowing melodies with expansive group improvisations, interlocking grooves and evolving soundscapes. They released their debut album Live at The Greenbank in November 2022 to widespread critical acclaim and are planning their second release for Spring 2024. The band consists of Alex Veitch (piano), Ashley John Long (double bass) and Alex Goodyear (drums). They have built their following with a monthly residency in Bristol including collaborations with artists including Iain Ballamy, Jake McMurchie (Get the Blessing) and Alun Elliot-Williams (Ishmael Ensemble). For fans of EST, The Bad Plus, and Fergus McCreadie.
"All played with great beauty and sensitivity.. A standing ovation greeted the end of their set.” Jazzwise
“A trio of fluent and wildly inventive improvisers.” London Jazz News
“Their own impressive brand of improvisation-rich, acoustic, Scandi-flavoured jazz” Bristol247
“It’s dreamy, it’s acoustic, it’s everything we think of a contemporary piano trio” Marlbank
Glebe is the brain child of guitarist Kieran Gunter and pianist Chris Bland, who first met at Leeds College of Music. It was during this memorable time of regular jamming, practising and listening to music together that they discovered a joint appreciation for the music of guitar/piano lead groups such as the Pat Metheny Group and The Impossible Gentlemen.
Inspired in particular by the beautiful and revered compositions of Metheny and Lyle Mayes, Glebe was born. Supported by excellent and much in demand players on the London scene, their original music is characterised by highly emotive melodies, evocative soundscapes and a fascinating balance between sections of heavily detailed arranging and sections of great improvisation and spontaneity. Influence from jazz heavyweights such as Avishai Cohen, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler can be heard, all of whom have been inspirational musicians to them.
Both Kieran and Chris are highly skilled at their instruments and very much in demand, performing in the jazz, classical and pop idioms. They have performed with a large variety of high-profile other musicians including Bobby Shew, Elliot Mason, Brian May and Sophie Evans in venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Soho and Steinway Hall. At Off the Rails Chris and Kieran are joined by Dom Pusey (reeds), Mark Fincham (double bass) and Filippo Galli (drums).
The big hit of this year's High Tide Festival was Yolanda Charles' Project pH. Now Off the Rails gives you another chance to witness this funktastic star of the bass guitar. Yolanda's instrumental line up will be playing their unique brand of high-octane rock and funk-infused jazz fusion.
Yolanda has worked with artists including Hans Zimmer, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson in a career of thirty years and counting. Her Project pH Instra-mentals group features a diverse range of musical styles, their musical variety has drawn comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Yes and Return to Forever, as well as Jim Beard, Steps Ahead, John Scofield, and even the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Project pH Instra-mentals features the additional compositional skills of guitarist Nick Linnik, a stunning soloist as well as being co-producer and co-writer of the band’s Funk-Fusion sound. Pianist Hamish Balfour trained in both classical & jazz and as a dance music producer, which gives him the perfect mix of skills for the band sound. On drums Nicolas Py has recently joined the line up and adds his solid fresh n funky style to the rhythm section.
The group have a long running Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club residency and continue to tour the UK and beyond.
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