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Minimalism. Jazz. Post-rock. "Graham Costello’s STRATA can justifiably be classed amongst the very best of the British jazz revolution." - Louder Than War 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 seven 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. 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