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Award winning THREADS ORCHESTRA bring ‘stellar line-up’ - kicking off at Bradford Alhambra

Threads OrchestraIn these gloomy days of cuts in the arts here is some good news for the emerging Yorkshire based Threads Orchestra. Having just received an award from the PRS for Music Foundation, they will be touring the region in June to promote their debut album. The tour kicks off in Bradford Alhambra on Thursday 23rd June and includes a special twilight event in the National Trust’s ‘Treasurer’s House’ in York on June 27, and a performance in the Grassington Festival on June 26.

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Combining some of the most dynamic jazz and classical musicians in the UK, including young guitar virtuoso Chris Montague (Django Bates, Troyka), Mercury Prize nominee piano genius Kit Downes and BBC Philharmonic violinist Julian Gregory, this unconventional string-led ensemble has already been hailed as a ‘stellar line-up’ by American composer Trey Spruance. Since their debut at Bradford’s Alhambra Studio in 2008, the Threads Orchestra have evolved into an ‘intriguing and imaginative seven-piece’ (Mike Flynn Jazzwise 2010).

“ This is the type of music I want to make” says guitarist Chris Montague, the band’s main writer “something that can't be neatly placed into a specific category, something that has its own personality”
Pianist Kit Downes continues – “The PRS award is great news for the Threads Orchestra! We’re really looking forward to this tour. There's always an incredible buzz at the live shows and this band has a really 'earthy' sound that I love to write for.”

Encompassing sweeping orchestral textures, heavy groove and monster improvisations, this band are taking their music down different routes and it is clear to see and hear the excitement and connection these players have – “not the usual jazz violin sweeties, this is stuff with edge!” says Manchester violinist extraordinaire Julian Gregory “the kind of band you dream of playing in, it’s a real feeling of all going in the same direction’”

The band recently recorded their debut album in Leeds, with Yorkshire based producer Phil Gregory (Sting), and mastering engineer Robert Harder (Brian Eno, Acoustic Ladyland), which will be self-released on June 1 exclusively through the website –

The Threads Orchestra have managed to develop their own language and rules, gaining them a reputation as one of the most exciting bands to emerge in the UK in recent years. Using jazz, classical, rock, world, Americana, and tango styles, this alternative, string-led outfit have the versatility to play anything from their own intriguing compositions to innovative arrangements of Zappa, Zorn and Piazzolla. Made up of some of the UK's most exciting musicians, the Threads Orchestra have been making an impact with their compelling performances and strikingly original brand of music. They produce an utterly unique experience for the audience, moving between mesmerising, cinematic beauty and snarling groove in the blink of an eye. Their debut self titled release is a rare example of how to blend perfectly structured composition with the spontaneous abandonment of raw improvisation, a testament to the quality of musicianship honed by many performances together as a cutting edge ensemble. Refusing to accept the traditional notions of a jazz rhythm section and string ensemble, something exciting and original has been forged.

“Very accomplished musicianship all around. A stellar lineup.” - Trey Spruance and Web of Mimicry records.


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