“Groovy yet cerebral" - BBC Scotland
"Such a hypnotic and compelling sound...intricate polyrhythms delivered with absolute precision" - BBC Scotland
"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
"…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
Featuring some of Scotland’s finest young jazz musicians, 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.
STRATA exist in two formations - quartet and sextet, each exploring compositions exclusive to that instrumentation. The quartet focusses more on collective polyrhythmic groove and is the foundation of the sound. With the addition of horns, the sextet features more textural exploration and dynamic range: the upcoming 2018 debut album will capture both these formations at their best.
STRATA also run their own monthly residency at Glasgow’s renowned DIY venue Bar Bloc, where they continue to craft their sound and bring improvised music to newer audiences.
Harry Weir - tenor saxophone
Liam Shortall - trombone
Fergus McCreadie - piano
Joe Williamson - guitar
Angus Tikka - electric bass
Graham Costello - drums and composition
Contact: Graham Costello
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