Contemporary jazz/rock-influenced quintet based in Manchester, UK, Artephis comprises some of the North's most creatively diverse young musicians. Their debut album, ALL CHANGE NO CHANGE, was released in 2017 with an accompanying UK tour and has aired on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Now and BBC Radio 2, Jamie Cullum choosing Feroz as his BBC Introducing highlight of the year.
Formed in 2014, Artephis is a mercurial, improvising collective that draws contemporary influence from Christian Scott, Butcher Brown, and Brian Blade & the Fellowship, all the while rooted in Miles Davis' late-'60s/early-'70s On The Corner/Big Fun/Jack Johnson era, distilling an eclectic sound of their own with an increasingly electronic element. Informed diversely by the musicians backgrounds and specialisms including Afrobeat, contemporary classical, funk and hip-hop settings, Artephis compose with a feel for the programmatic, immersing the listener in a familiar, while challenging, sound-space of imaginative textures, explosive and sensitive grooves, and spirited melodies.
They are a Jazz North Northern Line artist 2018-19, and former Jazz North Introduces artist (2015-16).
Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugelhorn/electronics)
James Girling (electric/flamenco guitars)
Ali Roocroft (piano/keyboard)
Alasdair Simpson (bass guitar)
Matt Brown (drums)
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