Group aims to expand on traditions of jazz


Considered one of the UK’s top jazz outfits, Empirical head to Brighton Dome in support of their fourth studio album Tabula Rasa.

They play Brighton Dome Studio Theatre on Friday, February 7, at 8pm.

“Brought together through the core ethos of experimentation and known for producing forward looking, risk-taking, creative music, the group has carved out a place as one of jazz’s most exciting young bands,” says spokesman Chris Challis.

“Touring from New York to Molde, London to Montreal, and winning numerous awards – including the 2010 MOBO for Best Jazz Act and Jazzwise and Mojo albums of the year – their aim to expand on the traditions of jazz has seen them create music both timeless and totally now, inside and out.

Formed in 2007 as part of the Tomorrow’s Warriors scheme, and following the release of Empirical (Destin-e), the band settled on the current line-up in 2008, with Nathaniel Facey on alto saxophone, Shaney Forbes on drums, Tom Farmer on bass and Lewis Wright on vibraphone.

Their in-depth tribute to Eric Dolphy; Out ‘n’ In (Naim), led to a MOBO award in 2010 for Best Jazz Act, while 2011’s Elements of Truth (Naim) won the inaugural Golubovich Jazz Scholars fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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