Nick Kacal's Guerillasound Quartet
wall2wall Jazz Festival
- Friday 30th August 2019
- Melville Centre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD
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Guerillasound has an anarchic, groovy, freewheeling attitude to jazz, with influences from Dave Holland to Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker to Led Zeppelin via Tom Waits and the American songbook.
Guerillasound has recorded an album and toured Japan.
It is led by Nick Kaçal – a bass player who graduated in electro-acoustics from Salford University and was heavily involved in the Manchester jazz scene. He now lives in Wales. Nick studied with Tony Hougham, principal bass of the Royal Opera House orchestra, Covent Garden.
As well as a performer, Nick is also busy as a recording engineer and producer. When in London, he was a staple on the acoustic folk and jazz scenes.
Swiss guitarist Nicholas Meier is part of a star-studded young generation of jazz in Britain, where he’s now based. His skills were noticed by rock musician Jeff Beck, who recruited him for his band, with whom he’s completed two world tours.
Nicholas takes in many influences, from Turkish to tango, and has refined his musicianship at Switzerland’s Fribourg Conservatory and at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, on a scholarship.
He plays both heavy metal and jazz fluently and has written books on both.
Welsh violinist Richard Jones studied music in Bath and completed them as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While a student he became a member of the UK blues band Kill It Kid, which made its first recording in Seattle and toured widely.
Richard’s much in demand in London and at home in a variety of musical settings with, among others, Christine Tobin and Mark Edwards.
At a gig written up by London Jazz News, he was described as having ‘led the audience into paroxysms of frenzy, like a pied piper’.
Drummer Alex Goodyear, whose own septet will also be playing at the festival, is a hugely talented student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He spent more than a decade learning percussion at Berkshire Maestros, in Reading, and at the college has been taught by James Maddren and Mike Creech, as well as Alex Neal – co-principal percussion of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Alex is active as a freelance, having been part of the National Jazz Youth Collective scheme, which plugs into nationwide workshops with the likes of Nikki Iles, Omar Puente and Norma Winstone.
Expect virtuosity, spontaneity, groove and soul – and expect the unexpected!