We are proud to announce that
the UK's celebrated jazz group EMPIRICAL is embarking on their first ever North American Tour
Left to right: Lewis Wright - Vibraphone, Shaney Forbes - Drums, Tom Farmer -Double Bass, Nathaniel Facey - Alto Sax
Formed in 2007, Empirical have quickly established themselves as one of the UK's most explorative and exciting groups in modern jazz. This dynamic London-based collective takes influence from a variety of styles, but has managed to craft their own distinct sound built on improvisation, collaboration and shared music vision, earning them critical acclaim. Their innovative approach to music and the unique ways in which they engage their audience, has helped them attract new listeners. In 2016, the band organized a week-long "Pop-up Jazz Lounge" at Old Street Underground Station in London, showcasing the group's ability to push the aesthetic and conceptual boundaries of jazz in a way that appeals to both new listeners and veterans of the genre. They later brought these pop-ups to other cities within the UK. Now, in 2019, Empirical is bringing their high energy performances to the United States and Canada on their first North American Tour.
[Photo - Chris Baker]
Click below to listen to "The Two-Edged Sword" from Empirical's Connection on SoundCloud
"Empirical are among the most admired and individual-sounding bands in contemporary jazz. As anyone who has heard the band live will know, their approach is so fresh and their sound so appealing that there’s never a dull moment. All four have a hand in the compositions and, rather like the revered Modern Jazz Quartet of the 1950s, they seem to anticipate one another’s thoughts." - The Guardian
Watch the video below about Empirical's Pop-Up Jazz Lounge in London's Old Street Station:
Empirical - "6 Days in Old Street" February 2016
Follow Empirical on their socials!
EMPIRICAL ON CUNEIFORM RECORDS
Empirical Connection Cuneiform Records 2016
"Connection represents another impressive statement from Empirical. This closely knit group produce music of often dazzling complexity but still manage to retain an impressive level of human warmth, a quality that doubtless stems from their long association as a regular working band." -The Jazz Mann
"Driving Force" off the album Connection [2016 Rune 416]
Additional Empirical Releases
Distraction Tactics - EP Indifference Culture - EP
Tabula Rasa Elements of Truth Out 'n' In
2013 2013 / Naim Records 2009 / Naim
Based in metro Washington [Silver Spring, MD] since its founding in 1984, Cuneiform Records releases music by some of the best musicians and composers from around the globe and is widely recognized as an international force in the world of avant-garde and truly progressive, cutting-edge music. The independent label has released over 450 albums to date, and it has focused on the cutting edge of genres ranging from jazz and electronic music to rock and post-classical musics.