The visceral Brian Irvine Ensemble is a boundary busting 13 piece ensemble making a special type of music - a music that effortlessly mutates elements of contemporary classical, improvisation, theatre, thrash, cartoonary and ensemble playing in manner that screams irreverence, joy and virtuosity!
Think a mutant cocktail of Zappa and Icebreaker, Han Bennink and the Instant Composers Pool, with a heavy dollop of Beefheart, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn.
They have performed all over the world to widespread critical acclaim headlining at some of the worlds leading festivals including the Bath International Jazz Festival and The National Library of Congress (Washington), picking up the prestigious Radio 3 Jazz Award along the way.
After a 6-year break, the ensemble reformed in 2018. 2019 will see the band take another step forward with more brand new work alongside some older repertoire
"Brian Irvine’s body of work is an example of the musical treasures half hidden in the cracks between the categories” - The Guardian