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Kodian Trio  -  Sun Apr 01, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
If groups such as Roller Trio and Taupe seemed to have set the template for contemporary saxophone/guitar/drum combinations, the self-described “improvising power unit” Kodian Trio have clearly misplaced the rule book, bringing an entirely fresh approach to the format.

Formed in 2015, the trio brings together saxophonist Colin Webster and drummer Andrew Lisle, both increasingly well regarded on the London improv scene, with Belgian guitarist Dirk Serries, who brings an extraordinarily varied musical background to the mix, including more than a decade making industrial-ambient recordings under the pseudonym Vidna Obmana. In Kodian his jagged-edge playing beautifully underscores Webster’s free-wheeling sax lines, an exchange described by one critic as like “a modern dance piece performed on the edge of a cliff”! And beneath the terpsichorean manoeuvres Lisle’s drumming seems sometimes to perform its own understated steps before powerfully pulling the music back from the brink.

But alongside the imaginative intricacy of the music there is a playfulness, the kind of light-hearted exchanges that come from three musicians thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. This gig at the Bridge, part of the trio’s first UK tour, gives us a welcome chance to share in the enjoyment.

Tickets for this gig are available from Reflex CDs (0191 260 3246) or online from