MAP Studio Cafe, London


ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet

  • Date: 5th April 2019
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Jazz with richly nuanced compositions and folk-infused grooves
  • Venue: ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet

Winners: Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Shortlisted: Best Small Group 2018 British Jazz Awards
Alison Rayner Runner-up: Best Double Bass 2018 British Jazz Awards

2018 was a great year for ARQ, bass player Alison Rayner’s London-based contemporary jazz quintet: UK festivals, and club dates, successful tours of Germany and Scotland and Winners of ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the prestigious 2018 All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. ARQ are now previewing new music from their third album (release Autumn 2019) and have UK festivals and club dates over this summer, with a national tour starting in October to promote the new album, working title ‘Short Stories’.

Described by LondonJazzNews as ‘a celebration of life itself’ their music is ‘inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality, frequently inspired by personal experiences’ (the

Their combination of richly nuanced compositions with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are known for their vibrant, communicative performances.

ARQ’s profile has risen dramatically over the past five years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their two albums ‘August’ and ‘A Magic Life’. They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press. Their 40-date ‘A Magic Life’ UK tour in 2017 was supported by Arts Council England.

Individually, the group’s track record includes work with such international artists as Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, George Russell, John Harle, The Guest Stars, Marjorie Whylie, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez, Tal Farlow and BBC TV’s Rockschool series, broadcasted in both the UK and USA.

8pm. Tickets £12 (adv) £15 on the door
Tickets available here
Or call for tickets– 0207 916 0545

Video Links:
Croajingalong Bushwalk 2018
Half A World Away 2018
Mayday live at Pizza Express 2017
The Trunk Call 2016
A Magic Life2016
August promo video 2015

ARQ Website