MLN Ensemble presents their debut release
Named after the Japanese martial arts concept of "pushing and pulling to off-balance your opponent", MLN Ensemble presents a four track EP of boundary-pushing sounds and hard-hitting grooves. The trio's sound is influenced by jazztronica pioneers such as Sungazer and Brad Mehldau, as well as EDM and UK hip hop. Composed in 19 Equal Temperament rather than traditional diatonic harmony, each track features a guest appearance - British jazz stalwarts David Preston (guitar) and Laurie Lowe (drums), South African saxophonist Joe Penn and rising hip hop talent Eyeconic. The EP was produced by Patrick Phillips of Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, who lent an insightful ear to the creative process.
Originally starting life in 2019 as a function band, founding members Stephanos Karageorgi (keyboard), Mateusz Gocek (bass) and Jamie Parker (drums) began writing and recording as soon as live music began to regain momentum post-Covid. As hosts of the Catch 22 Jams monthly night (High Wycombe), Wycombe Jazz Festival and the Petri Dish jazz jam (Aylesbury), the trio have quickly gained experience in putting on an energetic, engaging live show that seeks to make experimental music accessible to all.
To facilitate performing in 19 Equal Temperament, the band needed a keyboard that would allow for playing more notes than are available in the traditional 12-tone Western scale. While it is not the first keyboard to attempt this, bassist Mateusz took it upon himself to design and build a bespoke MIDI controller that would allow for fluency and spontaneity in such a challenging harmonic setting. Thus, the Monomorph was born - see the gallery for pictures.