TG Collective

TG Collective

 Birmingham, England, GBR
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Stylish young guitar-led instrumental ensemble, performing a rich variety of flamenco, gypsy, contemporary classical and jazz-influenced original compositions and arrangements, carrying the music forward with a spirit of adventure and energy.

Biography

The TG Collective was born in Autumn 2006, bringing together a spirited brew of young, Birmingham-based musicians.

TGC was founded by Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater – two of the three guitars of Trio Gitano, whose debut album Who Ate All The Tapas? surprised everyone, finishing 2005 at No.4 in the Sunday Times’ Records of the Year…

“Stylish, very stylish …”- The Times ****
“A triumph…” – The Sunday Times ****
“Bold, expressive playing that’s liberatingly inventive…” – Songlines ****
“As refreshing as it is infectious…” – Jazzwise ***
“Dazzling dynamic…” – The Metro *****

Moving through flamenco, gypsy jazz and contemporary classical influences, the group is centered around the two acoustic guitars of Jamie and Sam, alongside Percy Pursglove on double bass and trumpet, flautist Holly Jones, Louis Robinson on violin, and percussion/cajon players Tom Chapman and Joelle Barker. TGC also feature eminent flamenco dancer and choreographer Ana Garcia, with interchanging shapes of ensemble within a performance. The group perform self-penned compositions and arrangements, touching on wide-ranging influences and works, from Paco de Lucia and Django Reinhardt to JS Bach, along with music by longstanding TG Guru, composer Bryan Lester.

After extensive touring throughout the UK and Europe – from two appearances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival to a former asylum in Dorset; and London’s South Bank Centre to Dublin, Cannes and Barcelona – TGC recorded the long-awaited follow up to Who Ate All The Tapas? in 2011, with their new album, Release The Penguins, to be released in May 2012.

Over the past four years, the band have ventured far and wide, building a strong following in the UK. Towards the end of 2007, the group sold out Birmingham’s Glee Club for their first performance collaboration with Ana Garcia, and followed with a spring sell-out at the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. After performances in Cannes and Barcelona, TGC toured back home to a series of wonderful audience reactions, taking in venues from Devon to Yorkshire, including Belfast’s Open House Festival, the South Bank Centre, London, and festivals at Shambala, Tewkesbury and Wirksworth.

2009 featured performances at The Stables, Bristol St Georges, a return to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and a second mini-tour of Ireland, alongside a number of smaller, intimate performances in rural villages around the UK.

Early 2010 found TGC popping up live on BBC1's ‘Politics Show’, with the band finally heading into the studio in 2011 to record their first release since Trio Gitano’s Who Ate All The Tapas? in 2005, touring throughout the summer at major venues from The Stables, Milton Keynes, and The National Centre for Early Music, York, to another sell-out in a factory in Birmingham and the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.

Discography

Trio Gitano - Who Ate All The Tapas? - 2005
TG Collective - Release The Penguins - 2012