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This act was formed in September 2006, bringing together a spirited brew of young, Birmingham-based musicians.It was founded by two of them whose debut album surprised everyone, finishing 2005 at No.4 in the Sunday Times' Records of the Year. They can be hired as a Guitar Duo, a Trio with Double Bass or can be extended to incorporate flute, violin, trumpets and percussion.
"Stylish, very stylish ..." - THE TIMES ****
"A triumph..." - THE SUNDAY TIMES ****
"Bold, expressive playing that's liberatingly inventive..." - SONGLINES ****
"As refreshing as it is infectious..." - JAZZWISE ***
"Dazzling dynamic..." - THE METRO *****
The Collective follow similar musical paths that won much praise from critics in previous years. Moving through flamenco, jazz, gypsy, hotclub, classical and even film influences, the group is centered around two acoustic guitars, set alongside a core of double bass, flute and violin, and often growing to feature trumpets, percussion and flamenco dance, with new and interchanging shapes and sizes of ensemble from gig to gig, and within a performance.
Touching on the influences and new arrangements of works by such luminaries as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt, Ennio Morricone and Horace Silver, the Collective also perform self-penned compositions and arrangements, and music byBryan Lester.
The previous twelve months have found the group at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France; Bilbao, Spain; and throughout the UK, from Edinburgh to London, Cheltenham to Glasgow. In October, the group sold out Birmingham's Glee Club for a performance collaboration with eminent flamenco dancer and choreographer Ana Garcia, now a key part of the Collective.
Early 2008 finds them continuing to work on new compositions, arrangements and recordings for the keenly awaited follow-up album, which will be released during summer 2008, with a UK tour opening at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May. They are also beginning work on a new suite of music by composer Bryan Lester, featuring strong influences from North Indian classical music, which will be performed and recorded with tabla, percussion and sitar.