Portico Quartet

  • Sunday | 14.03.10
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £10 General...


Described as being like an indie band that plays post-jazz, Portico Quartet, (Nick Mulvey hang drum, Duncan Bellamy drums, Milo Fitzpatrick double bass and Jack Wyllie saxophones and electronics), play melodic, beautiful, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of jazz improvisation. It’s the blend of ethereal saxophone, the steel pan-like Hang, clattering drums and earthy double-bass that gives their music it’s unique, beautiful sound and that has seen them compared to Radiohead, e.s.t and The Cinematic Orchestra amongst others. Their new album Isla, produced by legendary producer John Leckie was released to critical acclaim last October.
This concert will begin at 8pm.

“genuinely innovative.. there isn’t a band that sounds remotely like them…”
Observer Music Monthly ****

“Isla feeds on Steve Reich mathematics, Radiohead dread, African desert grooves and ECM northern melancholy to travel into a new, chiming caernous sound-world that is both exotic and hypnotic MOJO ****

“A melodic accessibility and cinematic scope as liable to woo fans of Radiohead as patrons of Ronnie Scott’s Q ****

“Achingly cool…a haunting sound that echoes in your head long after they have stopped playing” The Sun