Bassist & composer Alison Rayner’s award-winning quintet combine richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies; this, along with their love of improvisation, creates a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are lauded for their vibrant, communicative performances.
“ARQ have come up with another impeccable album featuring warm, colourful, intelligent writing and some exceptional playing. It’s a recording that is likely to appeal a broad listening constituency.” – ★★★★ thejazzman.com
ARQ are widely celebrated from over five years of extensive UK and European touring and critical acclaim for their first two albums ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016), receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press. ARQ’s third album Short Stories (released Oct 2019 on Blow the Fuse Records) is now receiving extensive radio play and press acclaim. One of the songs from the album ‘There is a Crack in Everything’ subsequently won the 2019 Ivor Novello Composer Award. The project is supported by ACE and PRS Foundation Women Make Music.
“A collection of eight perfectly formed originals.” – ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
“Memories brought to life.” – ★★★★ The Observer
“Tells its tales through strong melodies, sinewy rhythms and luminous solos, is by turns tender and exuberant…a great album.” – ★★★★ All About Jazz
Alison Rayner – double bass
Buster Birch – drums / percussion
Deirdre Cartwright – guitar
Diane McLoughlin – saxophones
Steve Lodder – piano
ℹ️ Useful Information
Please note: Rows A-F will be treated as unreserved, cabaret-style seating. This applies to new and existing ticket-holders in these areas. Staff will be available to help show your party to seats on the evening.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Doors to Sage Two: 7.30pm
8pm – 8.50pm: First half
9.10pm – 10pm: Second half
Timings are subject to change
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