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Graham Costello’s STRATA (UK)

Named as one of Jazzwise Magazines “One to Watch in 2019”, Graham Costello’s STRATA blend stylistic elements of jazz, minimalism, and progressive/noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic. This ethic came from Costello’s involvement in the Scottish DIY scene, growing up touring all over the UK and Europe with noise duo Young Philadelphia and electro-psych group Outblinker, experiencing the amazing warmth and breadth of the continental independent music scene. It was his formal studies in jazz that then led to the formation of a band that would bring the two worlds together.

This fusion of noise rock merged with the unhinged improvisation of jazz has been described as “ a meteorite on the scene in Scotland and beyond.” ( The National)
2019 brought the release of their debut album “OBELISK” which was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Award, and has garnered much attention from the UK press and further, receiving 5-stars from The Scotsman , and with Clash Magazine calling it “startling, groundbreaking…it explodes definitions to seize fresh space”. 

Winning over audiences with towering dynamics and a raw and genuine enthusiasm, Graham Costello’s STRATA are a unique, new voice in the growing UK jazz scene. From their monthly residency in one of Glasgow’s best underground venues, to sold out concerts at UK Jazz festivals as well as appearances at Oslo and Firenze Jazz Festivals, STRATA leave no stone unturned with their music and ethos. The hypnotising minimal patterns of Steve Reich meets the power and intensity of The Thing and Zu. 

Their second album release is set for Autumn 2020, and sees their first release on Gearbox Records (Theon Cross, Binker and Moses, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mulato).

Bookings

Martijn        +31 6 83 26 80 73

Label

Gearbox Records

Members

  • Harry Weir – tenor saxophone
  • Liam Shortall – trombone
  • Fergus McCreadie – piano
  • Joe Williamson – guitar
  • Mark Hendry – electric bass
  • Graham Costello – drums and composition                                

The band also plays in both quartet formation, playing music exclusive to that instrumentation as well as quintet formation.

 

Press

  • “startling, groundbreaking…it explodes definitions to seize fresh space”  (​Clash Magazine​)
  •  “Graham Costello’s STRATA combines drama, intelligent, incisive improvisation and Reichian minimalism” (​Jazzwise​)
  • “an intense, hypnotic and almost continuous journey through mesmerising repetitive motifs, crisply and carefully executed sound worlds, elemental soloing and frankly thrilling musical peaks” (​The Times​)
  • “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​)
  • “Groovy yet cerebral” , “Absolutely epic” , “Such a hypnotic and compelling sound” (​BBC Scotland​)
  • “Scottish musician Graham Costello is set to join the ranks as one of the genre’s most compelling innovators in the UK.”  (​The List​)
  • ​”…pushing the boundaries between jazz and rock, a polyrhythmic, genre-melting journey.”   (​The Skinny​)
  • “their glinting, jazz rock has been like a meteorite on the scene in Scotland and beyond.”  (​The National​)
  • “the music is put together with a compelling awareness for detail and contrasts as well as surging energy that’s uplifting and life-affirming.” (​London Jazz News​)