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East London (2005 – present)

The Portico Quartet is a British jazz band, formed in 2005. In 2014, they changed names to Portico.

Formed from two sets of schoolfriends, they share a house in East London, make recordings, and play festivals and clubs. They are primarily acoustic: percussion, bass, and wind instruments, together with the hang, a tuned percussion instrument bought on impulse at a music festival.

The line-up of the band is Duncan Bellamy (drums), Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass), Jack Wyllie (soprano, tenor saxophones and electronics) and Keir Vine (hang and percussion), replacing Nick Mulvey, whom left the band in August 2014 for a solo career.

They started their career busking on the South Bank in London’s, began to get paid bookings plus the odd festival, and made a five-track CD to sell at gigs. In 2007 they signed a record deal to make a full length CD, Knee Deep in the North Sea. This was a turning point; the album attracted attention from DJs, bloggers, and critics, and was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.

The band’s second album was Isla (2009), recorded by producer John Leckie. It preceeded albums Portico Quartet (2012) and Living Fields, released early 2015. They also released a Live/Remix album in 2013.

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  • Chris_Gamgee

    Well, from the samples I heard you may put it this way: PQ - jazz = Portico. Which is sad. [3]

    16 Jan 11:54am Reply
  • roter_pinguin

    Well, from the samples I heard you may put it this way: PQ - jazz = Portico. Which is sad. [2]

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sssssssev

    Yay, glad I discovered this. I've been seeking for something with similar aesthetics to The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, and this'll do nicely.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Amnesiakk

    Well, from the samples I heard you may put it this way: PQ - jazz = Portico. Which is sad.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • aprel87

    Portico Quartet - hang drum = Portico.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rafi2600

    SOMETHING

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Snooz

    I'm so glad to find these and basically new travels in expanding my musical horizons. I guess the gateway to jazzy stuff actually was short jazzy fillers by Sting.

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • yeah-i-am

    И почему эти ребята не едут в тур? Летом на берегу моря звучало бы прекрасно.

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • WSCERB

    The combination of the screeching sax solos with the chill backdrop of the hang puts these dudes on another level. Wicked stuff.

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • karasio

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • zuzochka

    музыка света)

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • bennok

    The Group is great ... as long as the soprano isn't playing. The high pitched sax is such a painfully difficult instrument !

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bogo78

    Knee-Deep!

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    wow, the self-titled is a lot different from what i expected.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Krisss_Druzenko

    отличные!

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Magic sound...

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • willmfair

    Dawn Patrol, holy shit. I'm jealous of these musicians.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Kyonil

    Вот это сильно.

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Iranyela

    México :D

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mukeba

    i prefer the former albums.. more jazz orientated, less "Dance-Music" .. :)

    17 May 2013 Reply
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