Ezra Collective are taking jazz to a new place – respect and influence from the greats before them, but with an undoubtable and undeniable grit – JME is on board with his signature copy of their first EP and was front row at their 2 x sold out Ronnie Scott’s shows earlier this year; the face of jazz is changing.
Their powerful music is marked by the strong influence of Afro Beat, reggae and hip hop brought together through a deep understanding of jazz to create their own unique sound. Born out of Tomorrows Warriors, they have worked with the likes Pharoahe Monch and Ty as well as opening for jazz legend Terence Blanchard.
Their new EP Juan Pablo is due to be released later this year and has already gained considerable buzz. The teaser single Space Is The Place flips the Sun Ra classic, considered as one of the most Avant-Garde jazz experiments of modern times, and delivered something unimaginable – an interpretation of Space Is The Place fit for the dance.
“Pioneering the new-wave of UK jazz music” Boiler Room
Alan Keary is an Irish born multi instrumentalist and producer, with a strong musical heritage, writing and producing music from the age of fourteen. Now based in Manchester and performing under the alias Shunya, his sound is an amalgamation of influences, ranging from his early musical background of classical violin to the sounds of Manchester’s electronic music scene which compliment his highly accomplished abilities as a jazz bassist. With influences referencing artists such as Flying Lotus, Bjork and Eric Whitacre.
“What Shunya are doing is super-creative, unique and musical! They’re not very good-looking, but you can’t have it all!” DJ Yoda
“Shunya’s music changes and evolves, adapting to different situations like it were alive.” Midnight Sounds
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