“Atlas was one of the surprise hits at Manchester Jazz Festival 2017. Rebecca is, with Atlas, evolving a true band spirit, which audiences relish.
“There’s an edginess here in the writing and performance that keeps you longing for the next note, and the perfectly-pitched electronics are critical to her wide-ranging, searching compositions, not afraid of melody nor afraid to push it to its limits. Nick Malcolm – the perfect foil for Rebecca’s luminous harmonies – conveys and extends those melodies with such a persuasive combination of rawness and worldliness.
“The result is open and highly-charged, and proves how Atlas embodies the progressive energy of British jazz right now.”
Steve Mead, Artistic Director, Manchester Jazz Festival
Atlas aim to create a progressive and unique sound with a clear identity – one that blends together elements of acoustic jazz with electronics, textural soundscapes, free improvisation, driving grooves which underpin strong melodies and dense harmonies.
The compositions are inspired by an eclectic mix of musical influences ranging from jazz luminaries such as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and John Taylor, as well as pianists including Matt Mitchell, Liam Noble and Aaron Parks.
Other styles have shaped Atlas’ etherial sound, – composers such as Messaien, Stravinsky, and Michael Tippet as well as electronica artists like Royksopp have all played a part. Hailing from Bristol, home of trip hop and drum n bass, Rebecca grew up on a musical diet of Portishead, Massive Attack, and Roni Size and so of course these bands have fed into the mix somewhere along the line too.
Sara Colman (vox), Tom Seminar Ford (guitar), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Rebecca Nash (piano), Chris Mapp (bass), Matt Fisher (drums).