The latest release from power fusion trio Paroksha, features compositions by Phil Gibbs and Ben Williams. ‘The Blue Guitar’ contains seven pieces of ground breaking and highly original music. With these tracks ‘Paroksha’ stake out a whole new territory of spontaneous music, using extended techniques and acoustic modelling synthesis.
The Paroksha power trio team up with saxophone giant Paul Dunmall and celebrated US keyboardist John Serry to produce a landmark jazz recording, live-in-the-studio with no overdubs. “Powerfully emotive playing by a quintet at the very cutting edge of modern music”. YoYo UK
… ‘musical alchemy’ … ‘a creative force to be reckoned with’ …
PAROKSHA is a vanguard British trio featuring the powerhouse drumming of Marco Anderson, the ground breaking guitar work of Philip Gibbs, and the boundary crossing keyboard innovations of Beni Williams. From dues-paying, worldwide performances and intensive studio work, these three musicians have developed an
almost telepathic rapport which they constantly call upon live, creating vital, exciting music in the present tense. The spontaneity, verve and sheer originality of their music is testament to several decades of hard work, performing on stage and in the studio with some of the world’s foremost improvising artists, including: John Serry, William Parker, Roy Campbell, Paul Dunmall, Toto La Momposina, Neil Metcalfe, Mike Ellis, Ron Caines, Marcus Stockhausen, Antonio Quijano, Moussa Kouyate, Marco Vinicio, Mossa Bildner, Parmin Ras, Paul Rogers, Keith Tippett, Jerry Underwood, Tony Levin, Nobuyoshi Ino, Andrew Voigt, Viv Stanshall, Marcelo Kimura, Rob Smith RSD, Andy Sheppard and many others. Individually, they have been key members in a host of respected ensembles – groups like Tao, Klaunstance, First Choice, Full Circle, Hail Jamaica, Scream & Dance, The Groundhogs, Prime Funk Collective, James & Bobby Purify – and at a local level, as music activists, they have been an essential part in the evolution of the respected Bristol music scene since the late ‘70s.
Winning the unreserved praise of numerous prominent musicians from other cultures, there are few musical artists who can create and explore a new musical space in such a sustained and thrilling way. In an era when praise is heaped upon the ordinary, the obvious and the deeply pedestrian – in this case, for once, the super-latives are right on the money. Paroksha’s live performances are like watching musical spontaneous combustion. In the words of one commentator: “While these guys clearly respect and revere the music of the continuum, to call them a ‘jazz trio’ is like calling the Bible ‘a novel’ – they blew my mind!”
PAROKSHA have an uncompromising, art-first performance style; intense interplay summoning a kind of musical alchemy, reflecting a vast individual and collective musical storehouse. Their vocabulary is born of extensive live work from New York’s Shapeshifter Lab to London’s Bass Clef to Tokyo’s Pit Inn. As a whole, their sound is an elemental and diverse brew, blending the Afrocentric roots of jazz, rock, funk and blues with forms derived from contemporary classical and traditional world musics. An exciting dynamic unit on stage and in the studio, PAROKSHA are a trio not to be missed, truly a creative force to be reckoned with.