Saxophonist Keith Jafrate, a veteran of European and North American tours, has led various bands since the late eighties, and played with a host of splendid improvisers, including Paul Hession & Martin Archer. He’s also a poet.
“alternates between atonality and lyricism with sublime ease.” Ian Holloway Wonderful Wooden Reasons
orfeo 5 use improvisation to find structure and wander out of structure into improvisation, in music that is romantic and narrative and mysterious all at once. We play long pieces which evolve over time, to create a sense of place and landscape, but may also incorporate strongly rhythmic passages. Our style takes in influences from Jon Hassell, Evan Parker and Nils Petter Molvær, among many others, and is a hybrid of jazz, improv, folk, dub, sound art & electronica. We also make site-specific performances, where field recordings and live sound from the performance location are woven into the music. Most of our work is improvised, but it could as easily be called spontaneous composition, because much of it is melodic and lyrical and evolves through many stages, so the music is often like a journey through a landscape or an unfolding story.