"Graham Costello’s STRATA can justifiably be classed amongst the very best of the British jazz revolution." - Louder Than War
Glasgow’s jazz scene is becoming increasingly enviable with its penchant for dissolving the notion of genre. At its epicentre is drummer and composer Graham Costello.” - Downbeat Magazine
Minimalism. Jazz. Post-rock.
Scottish drummer and composer Graham Costello creates minimalist-inspired music that ranges from ambient and post-rock, to jazz improvisation and noise rock. Primarily with his band STRATA, he has been nominated for Scottish Album of the Year, as well as eight Scottish Jazz Awards.
Costello formed STRATA in 2016 to blend stylistic elements of minimalism, jazz and noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic. This ethic came from Costello’s involvement in the DIY/indie scene, growing up touring all over Europe with noise rock and electro-psych bands.
“Graham Costello sits at the forefront of this. His new album ‘Second Lives’ is a tour de force, an astonishing piece of work that obeys no rules aside from its own.” (Clash Magazine)
This energy of noise rock, the organic improvisation of jazz, and the hypnotising patterns and feel of minimalism has been described as “a meteorite on the scene and beyond.” (The National)
After his widely-praised debut album Obelisk in 2019, Costello signed to Gearbox Records (Binker and Moses, Abduallah Ibrahim, Theon Cross, Sarathy Korwar). In May 2021, he released his follow-up album Second Lives to critical acclaim, with top UK jazz publication Jazzwise naming it one of the “Best Jazz Albums of the 2021”.
Graham Costello’s STRATA features: Harry Weir – tenor saxophone Liam Shortall – trombone Fergus McCreadie – piano Joe Williamson – guitar Mark Hendry – electric bass Graham Costello – drums + composition
Graham also collaborates with some of the most exciting bands out of Glasgow, including: corto.alto (nu-jazz collective), Rebecca Vasmant Live Ensemble, AKU! (noise/doom jazz), Cahill/Costello (Ambient duo).
AGENT: Agnese Daverio