Nood (by Luc Ex)
Sick Eagle (by Charles Ives)
Sol6 is a masterful chamber-hybrid of cabaret, punk, deep groove and free improvisation, formed in late 2008 together with UK pianist Veryan Weston.With an unusual instrumentation, Sol6 combine composed and tightly rehearsed pieces with related improvisations that link and also reflect the composed material. Their musical territory is open enough to dive in and out of noisy grooves, complicated harmonies, lyrical interludes as well as into the completely free and abstract. This is a tradition and style which Luc and Veryan have developed together in previous projects and groups like Roof and 4Walls.
Sol6’s repertoire contains a combination of more simple ‘Ex’ pieces, and harmonically structured ‘Weston’ pieces and arrangements which also include material by composers such as Steve Lacy and George Russell. As well as this, full advantage is taken of four players who can also sing. Each singer features a composer: cellist Hannah Marshall -songs by Charles Ives, pianist Veryan Weston -songs by Eric Satie, viola player Mandy Drummond -songs by Burt Bacharach and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock - songs by Weill and Eisler.
Live recording from Bimhuis April 2009 released on Red Note Records : “massively singular, risk-taking and unfettered...rowdy, dangerous and beat-centric.” www.allaboutjazz.com
Sol6 has played festivals Wels Unlimited, Taktlos, Nantes, Roma Jazz and most recently Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon iand European venues including Bimhuis, Porgy & Bess, Instant Chavires.
(See Reviews under this page). - Jazz em Agosto, August 2010: “Another peak in the festival was the appearance of Sol 6...The boldness the group showed in its set list in a sense mirrored the boldness of the festival programming, where excellence supercedes concerns about classification.”
SOL6 - CD/ s/t