A few days back, while enjoying some much needed coffee and some delicious breakfast offerings at The Early Bird, I spoke to bass player and band leader Aidan Thorne about the upcoming tour with his band Duski.
Having gathered much touring experience over the years with bands such as Slowly Rolling Camera, Aidan is leading this outfit for the third time, travelling across the south of England and Wales over the next few months.
Originally a jazz trio with saxophonist Greg Sterland (Lore) and drummer Mark O'Connor (Burum, Khamira), Duski expanded with the introduction of Paul Jones on keys and synths (Sweet Baboo, Zervas & Pepper) and guitarist Dan Messore (Indigo Kid, Michelson Morley).
The band evolved through a collaboration of minds and need to break away from the jazz traditions. With a vision of post-rock, punk minimalism intertwined with the setup of an instrumental jazz group, Aidan's desire to create music for a 'younger, non-jazz' audience has taken shape through a focus on driving riffs and electronic soundscapes.
Their first album, Duski, released on Cambrian Records, had what some might see as a throw-back to sounds from the late 70's/early 80's, creating, at times, a wall of sound that both haunts and mesmerises.
All of Duski's new compositions began life on piano or guitar in Aidan's living room before being thrown into the band room to be torn apart and experimented on. Drawing influence from musicians like Donny McCaslin, Trilok Gurtu, Nils Frahm and Caspian, their new music has quality that transcend genres. This tour will be a chance for the group to showcase these new tunes to new audiences and develop their ideas before recording their second album in September.
The future for Duski looks exciting with plans to tour overseas and cross-genre collaborations in the pipeline, be sure to catch them when they're in town.
Most of the dates on their tour will be performed solely by Duski, however their two dates in Cardiff will include support from musicians also on Cambrian Records.
April 10 - Flute & Tankard - w/ Jim Ghedi
Jim Ghedi is a 6 & 12 string guitarist and folk singer based on the Yorkshire / Derbyshire borders. Exploring connections to natural environments, Industrial heritages, rural communities and landscapes across the British Isles, including the village in which he grew up within The Moss Valley.
"Melodically sublime... although Ghedi's music is infused with tradition, it's very much experiencing the present" ★★★★ MOJO
May 10 - The Moon - w/ Toby Hay
Guitarist and Founder of Cambrian Records, Toby Hay is a folk musician that has received high praise from the industry, including a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize.
“Something of a young troubadour, Hay makes compositions that feel both incredibly detailed and beautifully light. A rising star and so much more.” Green Man Festival
Mar 18 - Tenby Jazz Brunch - Tenby
Mar 22 - Sound Cellar - Poole
Mar 23 - Bebop Club - Bristol
Apr 04 - Swansea Jazzland - Swansea
Apr 05 - Druidstone Hotel - Broad Haven
Apr 06 - Cwtch Gallery - Pembroke Dock
Apr 10 - Flute & Tankard - Cardiff
Apr 11 - Queens Head - Monmouth
Apr 12 - Ram Jam Club - Kingston
May 01 - St. Ives Jazz Club - St. Ives
May 02 - Teignmouth Jazz Club - Teignmouth
May 10 - The Moon - Cardiff
For more info visit duskimusic.co.uk