MATTHEW HALSALL &THE GONDWANA ORCHESTRA


COUNTRY: UK
LABEL: Gondwana records
ALBUM: Into Forever
STYLE: Jazz
LINE UP: 7 (trumpet, double basse, drums, harp, piano, sax, vocal)
BOOKING: France
TOUR: on request


Manchester based trumpeter, composer, record label boss, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is one of UK music’s brightest talents.

A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his heart-warming music draws on his love of the transcendental spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as more contemporary dance music and electronica.

His unique sound has won him fans from Gilles Peterson to MOJO Magazine, with the Independent On Sunday describing his music as “Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester” and Time Out Magazine hailing his “hypnotic grooves and life-affirming glow”. His record label Gondwana Records is one of the UK’s hippest independents and has released albums by Nat Birchall, Matthew Halsall and GoGo Penguin. 2014 releases include new albums from GoGo Penguin, The Gondwana Orchestra and exciting new discovery Mammal Hands.

Halsall’s live projects include his, funky quartet featuring drummer Luke Flowers, bassist Gavin Barras and pianist Taz Modi , the lithe, hypnotic, deeply melodic Gondwana Orchestra featuring harpist Rachel Gladwin and Mammal Hands saxophonist Jordan Smart and an expanded line-up including vocals, harp and even a string quartet.

His latest album, Into Forever featuring singers Josephine Oniyama & Bryony Jarman-Pinto was released to critical acclaim in October 2015.

Press:

«  frequently gorgeous…Matthew Halsall eloquently blended the tranquil tone-poetry of Alice Coltrane and the jazz intensity of her husband, John, with sounds of a kindred spirit from Japan and the east. » – The Guardian

« one of the finest British jazz records of the modern era, one that manages to combine the serious and spiritual within a warm, melodic and welcoming musical context. » – All About Jazz