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Kairos 4tet are a British jazz band, spearheading a new breed of ensembles that bridge the gap between the classic and the contemporary; the jazz idiom and the popular dominion; burning improvisations and songs to linger long after the music stops.

The band's leader saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann has performed with a wide range of leading figures from the world of R... Read more

Kairos 4tet are a British jazz band, spearheading a new breed of ensembles that bridge the gap between the classic and the contemporary; the jazz idiom and the popular dominion; burning improvisations and songs to linger long after the music stops.

The band's leader saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann has performed with a wide range of leading figures from the world of R&B and urban music including Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, and Tinie Tempah. In 2010 Waldmann released Kairos Moment, an album described at the time by the BBC that marked him out as "a powerful new voice in British jazz", with Waldmann seen as a "precociously talented composer and player" by All About Jazz. In 2011, Waldmann's second album leading Kairos 4tet, won a MOBO Award for best jazz act following the release of their album Statement of Intent.

Alongside Waldmann, Kairos 4tet consists of Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, British pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Jon Scott. Together they cook up a considerable improvising heat.

Whilst attracting a host of talented guest singers from soul star Omar to Irish singer-songwriter Marc O'Reilly on his latest album, Waldmann says he's not concerned with balancing the vocals elements with the instrumental side on his work. "All the compositions are connected on this record, and I try to view the instrumental pieces as wordless songs anyway. I didn't want it to be just a document of the material I had accumulated up to that point, so all the compositions were written with an overriding concept in mind so there would be a narrative that ties it all together."

The fifth member of Kairos 4tet is none other than British actor Rupert Friend, who began his film career with Johnny Depp's The Libertine and whose other roles have included Mr Wickham in a recent silver screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and FBI Agent Peter Quinn in popular HBO drama Homeland. Friend writes the lyrics for Kairos 4tet's vocal collaborations. "Rupert put lyrics to a piece of music of mine called ‘Maybe Next Year' on our last album and it worked so organically that I knew I needed to explore the collaboration more." Waldmann says. "Rupert and I met at sixth form and quickly realised we were kindred spirits. We've been very close since that point and lived together for some time as students in London, both trying to hone our crafts in different disciplines. We have always tried to support each other in our creative and personal pursuits."

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Kairos 4tet are a British jazz band, spearheading a new breed of ensembles that bridge the gap between the classic and the contemporary; the jazz idiom and the popular dominion; burning improvisations and songs to linger long after the music stops.

The band's leader saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann has performed with a wide range of leading figures from the world of R&B and urban music including Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, and Tinie Tempah. In 2010 Waldmann released Kairos Moment, an album described at the time by the BBC that marked him out as "a powerful new voice in British jazz", with Waldmann seen as a "precociously talented composer and player" by All About Jazz. In 2011, Waldmann's second album leading Kairos 4tet, won a MOBO Award for best jazz act following the release of their album Statement of Intent.

Alongside Waldmann, Kairos 4tet consists of Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, British pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Jon Scott. Together they cook up a considerable improvising heat.

Whilst attracting a host of talented guest singers from soul star Omar to Irish singer-songwriter Marc O'Reilly on his latest album, Waldmann says he's not concerned with balancing the vocals elements with the instrumental side on his work. "All the compositions are connected on this record, and I try to view the instrumental pieces as wordless songs anyway. I didn't want it to be just a document of the material I had accumulated up to that point, so all the compositions were written with an overriding concept in mind so there would be a narrative that ties it all together."

The fifth member of Kairos 4tet is none other than British actor Rupert Friend, who began his film career with Johnny Depp's The Libertine and whose other roles have included Mr Wickham in a recent silver screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and FBI Agent Peter Quinn in popular HBO drama Homeland. Friend writes the lyrics for Kairos 4tet's vocal collaborations. "Rupert put lyrics to a piece of music of mine called ‘Maybe Next Year' on our last album and it worked so organically that I knew I needed to explore the collaboration more." Waldmann says. "Rupert and I met at sixth form and quickly realised we were kindred spirits. We've been very close since that point and lived together for some time as students in London, both trying to hone our crafts in different disciplines. We have always tried to support each other in our creative and personal pursuits."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Kairos 4tet are a British jazz band, spearheading a new breed of ensembles that bridge the gap between the classic and the contemporary; the jazz idiom and the popular dominion; burning improvisations and songs to linger long after the music stops.

The band's leader saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann has performed with a wide range of leading figures from the world of R&B and urban music including Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, and Tinie Tempah. In 2010 Waldmann released Kairos Moment, an album described at the time by the BBC that marked him out as "a powerful new voice in British jazz", with Waldmann seen as a "precociously talented composer and player" by All About Jazz. In 2011, Waldmann's second album leading Kairos 4tet, won a MOBO Award for best jazz act following the release of their album Statement of Intent.

Alongside Waldmann, Kairos 4tet consists of Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, British pianist Ivo Neame and drummer Jon Scott. Together they cook up a considerable improvising heat.

Whilst attracting a host of talented guest singers from soul star Omar to Irish singer-songwriter Marc O'Reilly on his latest album, Waldmann says he's not concerned with balancing the vocals elements with the instrumental side on his work. "All the compositions are connected on this record, and I try to view the instrumental pieces as wordless songs anyway. I didn't want it to be just a document of the material I had accumulated up to that point, so all the compositions were written with an overriding concept in mind so there would be a narrative that ties it all together."

The fifth member of Kairos 4tet is none other than British actor Rupert Friend, who began his film career with Johnny Depp's The Libertine and whose other roles have included Mr Wickham in a recent silver screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and FBI Agent Peter Quinn in popular HBO drama Homeland. Friend writes the lyrics for Kairos 4tet's vocal collaborations. "Rupert put lyrics to a piece of music of mine called ‘Maybe Next Year' on our last album and it worked so organically that I knew I needed to explore the collaboration more." Waldmann says. "Rupert and I met at sixth form and quickly realised we were kindred spirits. We've been very close since that point and lived together for some time as students in London, both trying to hone our crafts in different disciplines. We have always tried to support each other in our creative and personal pursuits."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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