"rich, multi-layered pieces...original, contemporary material"
Photo: Morgan Shaw
Since 2016 the Mark Hendry Octet have become one of the most exciting large Jazz combos in Scotland. Taking influence from traditional Jazz, Classical, Folk and Rock worlds; Mark arranges his music in a contemporary manner whilst retaining improvisation at its core. From sweeping melodies to free textures The Mark Hendry Octet is an exhilarating experience to hear. April 2018 saw the release of their first album - Esperance.
Esperance is Mark's debut release. It features new original music exploring improvisation matched with zealous arrangements. Alongside the octet, Esperance has string quartet and vocals With these additions Esperance creates unique textures which blur the lines between genres.
The band features some of the Scotland's best young Jazz and Classical musicians:
Voice - Irini Arabatzi
Trumpet - Cameron Thomson Duncan
Alto Saxophone - Micheal Murray
Tenor Saxophone - Mateusz Sobieksi
Trombone - Richard Leonard
Piano/Keys - Fergus McCreadie
Guitars - Tom Stephenson
Drums - Greg Irons
Violins - Emma Pantel
- Joe Hodson
Viola - Theodore Chung Lei
Cello - Annika Moller
Bass & Compositions - Mark Hendry