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Compassionate Dictatorship was born out of the collaboration between Jez Franks and Tori Freestone, who have been playing and writing together since 1993. The quartet plays original material drawn from a wide range of influences, from folk to free and contemporary jazz, creating fresh sounds and textures within interesting harmonic frameworks and varied meters, blending four distinct voices into one. The band’s debut album, Coup d'Etat, released last year, was described as having ‘an eclectic amalgam of improvisation, strong melodic themes and rhythmic twists’. Rooted in the language of modern jazz composers such as Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel et al, Jez Franks writes with a fresh, explorative approach. He took up the guitar age 15 and attended Leeds College of Music gaining a first in the Jazz, Popular and Contemporary Music Course, plus the College's Jazz Guitar Prize. He has played, recorded and toured with a variety of ensembles in jazz, pop and world music including Tom Arthurs' Centripede, Russell Van den Berg, Asaf Sirkis' Inner Noise, Loz Speyer's Time Zone, Rick Astley, Turkish pianist/composer Selen Gulun, The Dave Mannington Septet and Johnny Mayor (Indo-jazz fusion). He has also played alongside numerous musicians including Eddie Parker, Paul Clarvis, Lawrence Cottle, Geoff Gascoyne, Mick Hutton, Dudley Phillips, Julian Arguelles, Steve Lodder, Jim Mullen and Henry Lowther. He is senior guitar lecturer at Leeds College of Music and Kingston University, and is visiting guitar examiner at Trinity College in London, and the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Tori Freestone began playing and singing in folk clubs aged seven. She attended the Leeds College Undergraduate and Guildhall Postgraduate jazz courses and was regional finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1996. She has played saxes/flutes/violin with many groups in varying styles including NYJO, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, country legend Lee Hazlewood and Cuban group Orquesta Timbala. She has performed workshops for the Guildhall’s Connect Project, and is flute/saxophone tutor at Leeds College of Music. Jasper Hoiby was born in Copenhagen, later moving to the UK to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Aside from leading and composing for his own groups Qualia and Phronesis, Jasper works with various projects including those of Tom Arthurs, and Julia Biel. He has also played alongside numerous musicians including Gerard Presencer, Seb Rochford, Pete Wareham and Finn Peters. Since graduating from Middlesex University, Ben Reynolds has been playing with some of London’s finest jazz musicians including Loop Collective members Fraud, Carlos Lopez Real’s Mandorla, Rory Simmons, Mark Lockheart, Jacqui Dankworth, Steve Buckley, John Parricelli, Mike Walker and The Eddie Parker group.
Friday, March 22, 2013
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