Quentin Angus Quintet

Quentin Angus Quintet

 New York City, New York, USA
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Australian born guitarist Quentin Angus is a name to remember. He has performed in Japan, USA, Australia, Europe and New Zealand, including Jazz Hoeilaart (Belgium), and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Angus has recorded/ performed with John Abercrombie, Bob Minzer and Wolfgang Muthspiel

Biography

"(Angus) solos with ingenuity and a flawless technique, springing unexpected phrases of dazzling invention."- John McBeath (The Advertiser- Performance Review)

"Angus' compositions and playing are rooted in the best of the Jazz tradition while eagerly embracing modern concepts. Quentin and his band play with maturity and fluidity" - John Riley

"Quentin Angus is a very talented young guitarist and composer with a great future ahead of him." - Jon Gordon

" (Angus') statement on the guitar is very personal and unique. His debut record includes a collection of very adventurous, yet heartfelt, compositions."- Gilad Hekselman

Originally from country South Australia, Quentin Angus is a multi-award winning Australian jazz guitarist, 24 years of age, who recently moved to New York to undertake a Masters at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Since his arrival in NY just one year ago, Angus has already begun leading his own bands at various venues in Manhattan, has recorded an album of original compositions entitled ‘Retrieval Structure’, and toured Europe with the 'Quentin Angus Quintet' in September 2011, which included performing at the 2011 ‘Jazz Hoeilaart Festival’ in Belgium.

Angus was also selected as one of Downbeat Magazines '34th Annual Student Music Awards' for his composition 'Five Ahead', and was one of 20 musicians from around the globe selected for the 2011 'Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency' at the Kennedy Centre. His guitar tutor at Purchase College is the world renowned John Abercrombie, although, he is also working closely with John Riley, Todd Coolman, Hal Galper, Jon Gordan, Andy Laverne, Kermit Driscoll, and Randy Johnston.
Quentin has performed in Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand and the United States, including events such as the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Mt Barker Jazz Festival, Jazz Hoeilaart (Europe), and the Adelaide FRINGE. He has performed/ recorded with John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Wolfgang Muthspiel, James Morrison and Michelle Nichole, while being involved in various Australian music groups such as The Quentin Angus Quintet, Mr Goodnight, The Cerberus Project, and The New Cabal. Angus also has had the opportunity to study under Pat Martino, Gilad Hekselman, Steve Khan, Adam Rodgers, Jonathan Kreisberg, Mike Moreno, and Randy Johnston

While in Australia, at the University of Adelaide, Quentin graduated with 'first class honours', while winning numerous awards, such as the ‘most outstanding jazz guitar undergraduate’ (2006), ‘most outstanding postgraduate music student’ (2009), and is also the 2010 recipient of the prestigious 'Keith Michell Performance Award', from the Helpmann Academy. In recent years Quentin has also been involved in Musicology. This has included being invited to present his research and transcriptions of Gilad Hekselman and John Abercrombie at conferences in New Zealand and Australia, including recently publishing transcription books of Gilad Hekselman's Improvisations from all three of his albums; 'Split-Life', 'Words Unspoken' and 'Hearts Wide Open'.

Discography

As Leader:

'Retrieval Structure'- 2011

As Sideman:

'Mr Goodnight EP'- 2010

Set List

A typical set list for the Quentin Angus Quintet consists of entirely original music composed by Angus.

Quentin has composed literally hundreds of pieces for his group, and any could become part of each performance.

The 9 compositions recorded on his Debut album 'Retrieval Structure' were:

1) Coltrane Matrix
2) Retrieval Structure
3) Level 21
4) The Heights
5) The First Fall
6) Five Ahead
7) Phrygia
8) What the Future Holds
9) Sentient