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Named as one of Jazzwise Magazine's "One to Watch in 2019" and nominated for both "Best Band" and "Best EP/Album" at this year's Scottish Jazz Awards, Graham Costello’s STRATA blend stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and celebrated progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic, winning over audiences with towering dynamics and a raw and genuine enthusiasm. The music explores polyrhythm, collective groove and, at it's true core, improvisation.
As well as sell-out concerts and standing ovations at Scotland’s top jazz festivals, STRATA have ran their own monthly residency at Glasgow’s renowned independent venue Bloc. Here, they've continued to craft their sound and bring improvised music to new audiences since February 2017, forging a strong and unique connection between the jazz and independent/underground communities.
February 2019 will see the release of their full length debut album "OBELISK".
Harry Weir - tenor saxophone
Liam Shortall - trombone
Fergus McCreadie - piano
Joe Williamson - guitar
Mark Hendry - electric bass
Graham Costello - drums and composition
“Groovy yet cerebral" , "Absolutely epic" , "Such a hypnotic and compelling sound...intricate polyrhythms delivered with absolute precision" - BBC Scotland
“Costello has been setting a standard of musicianship that has seasoned observers talking about Glasgow as a jazz hotbed of approaching New York proportions.” - The Herald
"One of the most exciting young players to emerge from today’s particularly vibrant Glasgow scene...Costello and his cohorts are definitely ones to watch" - Bandcamp
“the fact that this is the project's debut seems remarkable” - London Jazz News
"some of the most exciting new music for a long time" - Patrick Hadfield, On The Beat
“one of the most talked-about bands on the Glasgow – and wider – scene” - The Herald
"…one of the most exciting and innovative artists this year...their musicianship is faultless and have gained a notable reputation for their live performances” - Podcart
“the group have become known for their vital and fresh expressions in jazz” - Tenement TV
“Graham Costello’s STRATA blew minds and mesmerised with their minimalist jazz/progressive fusion” - Culture Stirling
“There’s a punk energy to STRATA, a jazz ensemble that are as comfortable at the Royal Conservatoire as they are Bar Bloc." - The Skinny
“Based on current form, this is set to grow exponentially” - The Scotsman