‘A shape-shifting sound..moves coherently between crisp, punchy riffing and introspective ambient passages’ - Kevin Le Gendre
Award winning Tyneside trio Archipelago fuse genre blending post-jazz dreamscapes with alt-rock and improvisation to name a few, taking inspiration from musicians as diverse as Don Cherry, Morphine and Joni Mitchell.
Since releasing their debut LP ‘Weightless’ in 2017, Archipelago have received national airplay (Late Junction, Jazz on 3), been selected as ambassador artists for the Jazz North ‘Northern Line’ touring scheme, and received a prestigious 'Peter Whittingham Development Award’ from Help Musicians UK.
With the support of Help Musicians UK and Cobalt Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne, they began running ‘BETWEEN WAVES’, a collaborative residency-gig series for female-identifying artists to make new music with Archipelago. Highlighting the multifaceted power of improvisation and jazz to cross genres and open up connections with artists in different modes, BETWEEN WAVES also celebrates the ever growing northern creative scenes. After receiving a huge number of applications, Archipelago invited Rosie Frater-Taylor, a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter, Faith Brackenbury, an improvisor/violinist/vocalist, Lisette Auton, a disabled writer/spoken word artist and Fran Bundey, a sound artist/vocal looping musician for their first edition of BETWEEN WAVES.
Archipelago are now working towards their next release in 2019 and also collaborating as a ‘superband’ with Leeds trio J Frisco after a commission from Lancaster Jazz Festival. Archipelago have a fast growing reputation for their honest, engaged musicianship and compelling live performances