Fat-Suit is on a collective journey through music, using jazz as the point of departure to explore a myriad of sound worlds. This ensemble of rotating musicians originated in the collegiate surroundings of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, but it has wasted no time enervating the already vibrant jazz scene in Glasgow.
The cast has been assembled from a diversity of musical backgrounds and it includes folk musicians with finesse, house artists with grit, rockers with attitude and hard boppers with style. The influence of contemporary exponents of jazz, funk and fusion such as Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck and GoGoPenguin are obvious influences, but Fat-Suit are already opening up fresh lines of enquiry. The approach may appear looser and more relaxed, but the aim is to entertain as much as it is to dazzle with technical ability.
Fat-Suit have a strength in depth as well as in numbers, and can call on some of Scotland’s finest young musicians, many of whom were making waves even before graduating.
The larger than life rhythm section is held down by the solid application of funk power to the subtleties of jazz. Guitars raise their voices, cutting through waves of burnished brass, while keyboards create alchemic shapes around elegant strings. This is the sound of next generation jazz, where highly informed and extremely open-minded players curate new music for a new century.
Below is a list of other Fat-Suit members and collaborators...
Drums/Percussion: Mark Scobbie, Matt Arnott, Stephen Henderson, Calum McIntyre, Graham Costello
Bass: Gus Stirrat, Angus Tikka, James Lindsay, David Bowden
Keys: Utsav Lal, Fergus McCreadie, Jonny Liebeck
Guitar: Alan Sweeny, Andrew Cowan
Saxophone: Scott Murphy, Michael Butcher
Trumpet: Philip Cardwell, Tim Quicke
Trombone: Alistair More, Michael Orrs
Violin: Mhairi Marwick, Katie Rush, Adam Sutherland, Ailsa Taylor, Siobhan Anderson
Viola: Sarah Leonard, Christine Anderson, Siobhan Anderson
Cello: Alice Allen, Rachel Wilson
Vocals: Megan Henderson, Angus Munro
Marimba: Phil Hague, Glynn Forest
Clarsach: Izzie Pendlebury