Kairos 4tet

Kairos 4Tet featuring Emilia Mårtensson.  After a 3 year hiatus MOBO Award winning Kairos 4Tet return to present their 4th album, delving deeper in to the art of song. Regarded as one of a kind – Kairos 4Tet bridge the gap between classic and contemporary; the jazz orbit and folk lineage; with ferocious grooves, searching improvisations and melodies that linger long after the music stops.

The band play the distinctive compositions of saxophonist Adam Waldmann, who has been described as “a young master in the making” by Time Out and a “precociously talented composer and player” by AllAboutJazz.com. As well as Parliamentary Jazz ‘Vocalist of the Year’ award winner Emilia Mårtensson, the band features Irish folk troubadour Marc O’Reilly.

“Under the leadership of saxophonist Adam Waldmann, Kairos 4Tet have found a melodious medium between traditional Jazz and the forward facing nature of the great young British Jazz groups. The band’s compositions are open and accessible, but there’s no compromise when it comes to intuitive, intelligent playing and adventurous arrangements” THE MERCURY PRIZE

“The band’s compositions are open and accessible, but there’s no compromise when it comes to intuitive, intelligent playing and adventurous arrangements” MERCURY PRIZE

‘Spellbinding compositions that blend high-calibre jazz improvisation with accessible melodies…a scintillating new opus’ **** MOJO

“deft, clever and engaging…channeling the spirits of Wayne Shorter, Nick Drake and Astor Piazolla into a compelling, haunting hybrid… moments of exquisite beauty” Music OMH ****

“there are so few new jazz bands writing complex vocal tunes and this is the band that’s doing it, and they’re doing it so well…vocal melodies are beautiful as are the lyrics. Just Beautiful” Jamie Cullum

“ferociously inventive foursome…Wayne Shorter-influenced blend of wild improvisation and sonorous grooves” The Independent

“Fast-rising young ensemble…a fine band who reflect Waldmann’s sophistication as an improviser…brought the set to a rousing clamour” * * * * The Guardian

“… virtuoso musicianship, breathtaking compositions and ensemble playing worthy of the great concert halls. The excellent Kairos 4tet blew through Oxford and confirmed why they are one of the most in-demand of the newest wave of jazz groups emerging in the UK.” ***** The Oxford Times

“Kairos 4tet play complicated yet ultimately melodic modern jazz with a huge amount of improvisation developing between the quartet members…Waldmann, whose evocative gutsy sound emerges from the heart of the Wayne Shorter tradition…A stimulating showing” Marlbank


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