Sun, 11 Jun|
The Hot Tin
Graham Costello's STRATA
STRATA’s energetic and organic groove music, alongside the hypnotising patterns and feel of minimalism has been described as “a meteorite on the scene and beyond". The National Signed to Gearbox Records(Binker and Moses, Theon Cross) Jazzwise naming Second Lives one of the “Best Jazz Albums of 2021”
Time & Location
11 Jun, 17:00
The Hot Tin, Whitstable Rd, Faversham ME13 8BD, UK
About The Event
"Right now... Glasgow is home to some of Europe's most exciting and adventurous jazz musicians. Sure, jazz has always been a potent element of the city's nightlife, but the past few years have seen a number of musicians, groups, and collectives forging something substantive and new.
Graham Costello sits at the forefront of this... his album 'Second Lives' is a tour de force, an astonishing piece of work that obeys no rules aside from its own." - Clash Magazine
“Costello corrals new blood on Glasgow's jazz scene into a dynamic set, building on his drum pulse and Fergus McCreadie's piano figures. Punchy brass and squalling guitars give a wild improvisational edge.” - MOJO https://archive.org/details/mojo-june-2021/page/90/mode/2up https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/359106-graham-costellos-strata-second-lives.php
“Graham Costello’s Strata can justifiably be classed amongst the very best of the British jazz revolution.” - Louder Than War
“Glasgow’s jazz scene is becoming increasingly enviable with its penchant for dissolving the notion of genre. At its epicentre is drummer and composer Graham Costello.” - Downbeat Magazine
"Unrelenting waves of cinematic imagery accrue an intensity that never seems to level off, even after the last note has faded.” - Bandcamp
Hypnotising and powerful minimal music. Scottish drummer and composer Graham Costello creates music that ranges in energy from delicate, meditative ambience to cinematic post-rock, harnessing the power of repetitive, entracing minimalist patterns. With his band STRATA, he has been nominated for Scottish Album of the Year, as well as eight Scottish Jazz Awards. STRATA’s energetic and organic groove music, alongside the hypnotising patterns and feel of minimalism has been described as “a meteorite on the scene and beyond.” (The National)
Costello and his peers are among the prominent new Scottish jazz artists bursting into the UK and International jazz scene, including corto.alto and Fergus McCreadie. 2023 sees Costello refining the sound of STRATA, with greater focus on collective repetition and cyclic grooves, and shifting the gravity of the new music more towards his voice on the drums.
After his widely-praised debut album Obelisk in 2019, Costello signed to Gearbox Records (Binker and Moses, Abduallah Ibrahim, Theon Cross, Sarathy Korwar). In May 2021, he released his follow-up album Second Lives to critical acclaim, with top UK jazz publication Jazzwise naming it one of the “Best Jazz Albums of the 2021”.
After beginning drums at age six, Costello was self-taught until his early twenties. He was then awarded a place to study Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated with a First-Class honours in 2016.
His musical career first began however with his involvement in the Scottish DIY/indie 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.
Graham Costello formed STRATA in 2016 to blend stylistic elements of minimalism, jazz and noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic. This ethic came from Costello’s involvement in the Scottish DIY/indie scene, growing up touring all over Europe with noise rock and electro-psych bands, and 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 STRATA - a band that would bring the two worlds together and become a crucial band at the forefront of new Scottish jazz artists surging into the UK scene.
Harry Weir - tenor sax + bass clarinet
Fergus McCreadie - piano Kevin Cahill - guitar Gus Stirrat - electric bass
Graham Costello - drums + composition
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