Antonio Quijano Quartet
The Antonio Quijano Quartet is an international collaboration that explores the fringes of improvised music in a variety of settings. This creative union features musicians who are totally committed to the art of improvisation and have had the audacity to come up with a voice of their own.
The players’ collective credits include Alice Coltrane, Steve Vai, Johnny Guitar Watson, Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, William Parker, John Serry & Andy Sheppard, and their own musical preferences merge to form a style where jazz, lounge, ambient and hip hop are all identifiable. So don’t be surprised if free turns funky, and then funky gets swinging, because this quartet is from another blue planet …
Tracks from Songs from Another Blue Planet:
Antonio Quijano Quartet Biography
ANTONIO QUIJANO (FRETLESS ELECTRIC BASS) Electric bassist, composer and theorist, Quijano is the Author of a 1,258 book compilation, the Secessionist Method of Composition Encyclopedia which discuses the dozens of theories he has developed over the years. Composer of more than 150,000 pieces of music and creator of the 2:1 technique for stringed instruments. He has lectured at major universities as an independent cultural researcher, writer, and theorist and is a pioneer in posthuman music and new music theory.
Quijano has performed and/or recorded with Paul Dunmall, Neil Metcalfe, Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Rob Smith, Villu Veski, Andy Emler, Dave Valentin, Edgar Abraham, Anthony Carrillo, David la Mole, Gilberto Santarosa and Endel Dueno, as well as the legendary Marvin Santiago, one of the founding fathers of plena music, Marcial Reyes and the avant-garde piano genius, Don Pullen. He currently has students of the Secessionist Method of Composition all over the world.
PHIL GIBBS (GUITARS) Philip Gibbs has produced a series of groundbreaking recordings as composer and guitar soloist, and played on over forty with heavyweight jazz groups including a cast of internationally recognised players – William Parker, Paul Dunmall, John Serry, Roy Cambell, Keith Tippett, Hamid Drake, Markus Stockhausen, Paul Rogers, and many others.
Philip Gibbs’ work has ranged from the wholly composed to the freely improvised, and all points between. His new solo recording Thoughts and Feelings showcases an artist at the height of his powers, and contains compositions and performances as radical and different from other guitar works, as for example Harmolodics was to be-bop, or Jackson Pollack’s Summer was to representational painting.
PAUL DUNMALL (SAXOPHONES, CLARINET, BAGPIPES) After turning professional at seventeen and touring Europe for one year with progressive rock group Marsupilami he moved to America and lived there for 3 years playing with many musicians including Alice Coltrane and toured with Johnny Guitar Watson for one year. On his return to the UK he worked with folk musicians Polly Bolton / Kevin Dempsey and groupings worked around the Dando Shaft band. In 1979 he became a founder member of the jazz group Spirit Level with pianist Tim Richards plus playing free improvised music with the Nigel Morris trio. At this time also Paul played in the London Improvised music scene. In 1985 the group Tenor Tonic was formed with Alan Skidmore, Tony Levin and Paul Rogers. In 1987 Paul joined the London Jazz Composers Orchestra lead by Barry Guy and joined Danny Thompson’s Folk / Jazz hybrid Whatever. The following year the outstanding collective quartet Mujician was formed with Keith Tippett, Tony Levin, Paul Rogers. Whilst playing in these groups Paul was also still playing in many ad hoc groups plus playing in several of Elton Deans ensembles. Since 2000 Paul is still freelancing and has been playing in the composer’s Brian Irvine’s 14 piece band. In 2003 Brian was commissioned by the BBC to write a full orchestral piece with freely improvised saxophone, a long time dream of Paul’s. In 2000 Paul set up his own improvised music record label with Philip Gibbs called Duns Limited Edition. It brought musicians together to improvise from many different traditions such as classical/folk/ethnic and to date has 52 releases.
MARK ANDERSON (ELECTRONIC PERCUSSION, PRODUCER) Composer and arranger, musician, producer and occasional reviewer. As a drummer, guitarist and keyboard player, he has recorded and performed with an extremely wide array of musicians in varied genres. They include, amongst others, guitarists Steve Vai, Tony TS McPhee and Antonio Forcione, reedsmen like George Brooks, Andy Sheppard and Tony Roberts, Keyboardist Tony Hymas and sarangi maestro Surinder Sandhu.
A student for 30 years and now an authority on the work of legendary jazz guitarist/composer John Mclaughlin he has recently co-edited and researched the book ‘Follow Your Heart – A Listeners Guide’ to Mclaughlin’s recorded work and in 2010 gave a seminar at the International Guitar Festival , Cordoba, Spain on the occasion of McLaughlin’s inauguration into the Guitarist’s Hall of Fame.