A belief in the art of improvisation combined with the infinite art and science of rhythm is what brings H, L and K together. Their music often resembles contemporary classical music more than jazz but with dense, complex rhythms and textures, and virtuosic improvisation. Whilst they reference a huge and disparate range of styles, their musicality unifies them with a unique instrumentation and fearless approach, an effect achieved by countless hours the band has spent practising together. The resulting music operates on a number of levels, making it accessible and cerebral. Trio HLK's music sounds genuinely fresh, and genuinely new.
At the centre sits drum and percussion virtuoso Richard Kass. He executes rhythms at more than one tempo simultaneously, which often draws comparison to electronica and computer generated music. The standard drumset is augmented with numerous bells and chimes, hugely expanding the range of sounds.
Guitarist Ant Law plays a bespoke extended range electric guitar with 8 strings which provides a broad range of ambience and sonorities. Ant is known mostly as a jazz musician, but his interests and musicianship spread further and wider than that, and influences from heavy metal and elsewhere shine through at times.
At the helm sits classical pianist and composition mastermind Richard Harrold. From a young age Harrold was immersed totally in contemporary classical music. This led him to study composition in London (at the Royal Academy of Music) and in New York (at the Yale School of Music). His approach encompasses recomposition and decomposition as much as pure composition itself. His harmonic realm is the border between tonality and atonality, and there is a strong sense of rhythmic and melodic development throughout his writing.
“One of the most exciting young ensembles to have emerged in the last year” -BBC Jazz on 3