fractus | fractus | July 14, 2023

Release: July 14, 2023

In recent years, Scotland’s rich music scene has been a leading force in showcasing the diverse and widespread jazz talent in the UK, challenging the previously London-centric spotlight.

The upcoming eponymous release by fractus (July 14th) continues that tradition, with Scottish bassist/composer Mark Hendry bringing together an octet featuring 2022 Mercury Prize shortlister Fergus McCreadie on piano, internationally renowned saxophonist Matt Carmichael and UK-based Greek vocalist Irini Arabatzi.

With a CV that features film scoring, arranging and performing, Hendry cites influences such as Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds, Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønenand folk/jazz trio Quercus on a release which explores the nexus between jazz, classical and traditional Scottish music. 

Balancing lamenting melodies and bittersweet songwriting with collective improvisation and  emotive harmony, this is music which can connect on both an intellectual and emotional level. Intimately recorded pianos, subtle string textures and Irini Arabatzi’s hauntingly beautiful voice invite the listener in on a very personal and meaningful journey through complex issues the ensemble holds in high importance.

Almost programmatic in nature, fractus is influenced by nature, the passage of time and the human connection to the natural world. Songs like ‘Plastic Vortex’ and ‘Smog’ explore the impact of pollution and climate change, whilst ‘Harbour’ and ‘Sifting Tides’ look inwards at the past and future. 

Equally footed in intricate composition and improvisation, the pieces draw out the unique voices of each member of the octet, resulting in a sound which is unified, meditative and melancholic.

Line up

Irini Arabatzi | Vocals 
Bernadette Kellermann 
| Violin
Juliette Lemoine 
| Cello
Matt Carmichael 
| Saxophone
Mark Hendry 
| Double Bass
Fergus McCreadie 
| Piano
Greg Irons 
| Drums
Dan Brown 
| Accordion

Track Listing

Plastic Vortex
Sifting Tides