Metamorphic


Biography

Laura Cole – bandleader, piano/composer/arranger (Engine Room Favourites)

Chris Williams – alto sax (Led Bib)

John Martin – tenor/soprano sax (The John Martin Quartet)

Kerry Andrew – vocals/loops (Juice Vocal Trio)

Tom Greenhalgh – drums (World Sanguine Report)

Paul Sandy – double bass (The Rude Mechanicals)

Seth Bennett - double bass (Bennett Cole Fairclough Trio)

Metamorphic are a contemporary jazz/folk sextet based in London. Their debut album, The Rock Between, was released on the F-ire label in April 2011 to critical acclaim. Coalescence, their second album, is due for release on the F-ire label in April 2013.

Metamorphic have played together for nearly five years. The instrumentalists in the group all met while studying on the Jazz Degree at Middlesex University in London in 2001; vocalist Kerry Andrew became involved with the group through the promoter Moose Factory. Kerry also sings with the highly respected vocal trio Juice, whose album ‘Songspin’ recently won Best Contemporary Classical album of the year at the Independent Music Awards. Alto sax player Chris Williams is part of 2009 Mercury Prize nominated group Led Bib, and tenor/soprano sax player John Martin is a successful bandleader in his own right; his band The John Martin Quartet also have an album out on the F-ire label, Dawning. Drummer Tom Greenhalgh also plays in the acclaimed group World Sanguine Report, led by Andrew Plummer, and double bass player Paul Sandy has worked with various groups such as The Rude Mechanicals.

The composer and arranger of Metamorphic’s music, pianist Laura Cole, draws heavily on her experience of RSI as a musician, and the subsequent depression that she battled with as a result. Now fully recovered, Coalescence is an attempt to chart this journey through music and words; the album title represents the theme of consolidation within the music, and the idea of moving forward.

The album is a collection of largely song-based emotional journeys, juxtaposing original material and arrangements of well-known pieces. The background to this music also draws from an interest in textures, music in dreams and the translation of transformative emotional experiences through composition and performance.

Laura also co-leads a Leeds-based improvising big band, The Bennett Cole Orchestra, with bassist Seth Bennett, and she is also part of Martin Archer’s group Engine Room Favourites, which has recently been chosen to take part in the Jazz North Scheme. Guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka) guests on Coalescence; the album also features Seth Bennett on double bass, Thea Spiers on violin, and The Bennett Cole Orchestra.