EMPIRICAL Pop-Up Jazz Lounge Returns

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We are back with the Pop-Up Jazz Lounge project!!

This year we are taking our Pop-Up UK wide – starting in Birmingham, then London and Liverpool.

In case you missed it – in Feb 2016 we created a jazz lounge in a retail unit in Old Street Station. 6 days of performances, workshops and hanging out saw nearly 3000 people come in to the lounge, many of which had never experienced Jazz before!

From 25th to 29th April 2017, we are taking over a retail unit in the Great Western Arcade, located at the heart of Birmingham’s Coleman Business district, presenting our music to commuters, shoppers, business people and passers by!

All are welcome to our daily lunchtime and evening commuter sets, with evening performances scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Early birds will also be able to catch an 8am mid-week commuter session! All gigs are free of charge.

The Pop-up Jazz Lounge project is made possible by funding support from Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Musicians and is presented in partnership with Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall Jazzlines programme.

Curated by Empirical – May 13th – Andrew McCormack’s ‘GRAVITON’

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We are very happy to continue our 2017 ‘Curated by Empirical’ series with an incredible new project from Andrew McCormack.

Andrew has been a friend and colleague of the band for as long as we have been together. He share’s our passion for forward looking adventurous music, so we were delighted to ask him to be part of our concert series at Kings Place. Andrew will be launching his new album – ‘Graviton’ – with a stellar lineup in the brilliant acoustic of Hall One.

The concert features a great inspiration of ours, the multi instrumentalist/singer/composer and genre redefining ESKA. We have been listening to Eska since before Empirical was formed, and have followed her for many years. Also in the group is bassist and producer Rob Mullarky, drummer with the mighty Phronesis Anton Eger and our great friend and mentor Jean Toussaint. It promises to be an incredible evening of music.

Tickets are available : http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/andrew-mccormack-s-graviton

Check a bit about the Graviton project here: https://youtu.be/GCgVPEeeB6o

And all about our Curated by Empirical series: https://youtu.be/h9_bXxfctOo


‘Curated by Empirical’ – A New Concert Series


‘Curated by Empirical’ concert series at Kings Place, London


We are delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration with Kings Place, London. Having presented many succesful concerts since the venues opening this we really wanted to develop our presence there.


We are curating a series of high-profile performances for the ‘Jazz at Kings Place’ programme, launching on Friday 3rd February 2017.


The series presents concerts by artists who are an important force on the UK and international music scenes and features special one-off collaborations and premieres of new projects.


Our drummer Shane Forbes commented: “We’re really thrilled to work with Kings Place because jazz is such an important part of its music programming. As musicians, we love playing here because of the amazing acoustics and the ‘Jazz at Kings Place’ programme provides musicians such as Empirical with vital opportunities to perform at a top-class venue and connect with a diverse audience.”


Each concert will offer a distinct and fresh take on jazz. With the series, we also want to foster a sense of a community that brings together artists who don’t shy away from taking creative risks and presenting challenging music to listeners.


Amy Sibley-Allen, Head of Programme at Kings Place, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Empirical on this new series for Kings Place. Empirical have performed here many times over the years and to have them curate their own series featuring an array of equally great artists is a real treat for our audiences.”


The first concert in the series on Friday 3rd February 2017 features a collaboration between two genuine UK jazz stalwarts and us: the first set of the evening sees the rare duo pairing of Jason Rebello on piano and Jean Toussaint on tenor saxophone, followed by a set with to explore the music of Andrew Hill.


The summer season concert on Saturday 13th May 2017 will be the UK launch of Andrew McCormack’s new Graviton project, featuring the stellar line-up of Andrew McCormack on piano, Eska’s vocals, Jean Toussaint on tenor saxophone, Robin Mullarkey on electric bass and Anton Eger on drums.


Further concerts in the series will be announced as they go on sale.




Curated by Empirical series



Jason Rebello & Jean Toussaint + Empirical



Andrew McCormack’s ‘Graviton’ feat. Eska


Empirical Pop-up Jazz!


Emprical silhouettes and logo image

UK jazz super group Empirical announce an exciting new project to take their music direct to Londoners from 22 – 27 February 2016.  The band will take over a retail unit in the centre of Old Street Underground Station and transform the space into a pop-up Jazz Lounge. Listeners are invited to visit the lounge for lunchtime and evening commute live sets, with late night sessions scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Early birds will also be able to catch an 8am mid-week performance.  All gigs will be free of charge.

Empirical are also inviting Hackney and Islington schools and community groups to sign up to free educational workshops during the Jazz Lounge, demonstrating the principles of jazz improvisation and giving younger audiences a chance to experience live jazz at more suitable times.


Full Schedule on the link below:

Empirical pop-up lounge poster


Success at Foyles and Album 5

What a week it was, up on level 6 at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross. 6 performances, 12 new compositions, over 200 audience feedback forms, hours of audio recording and a full 5 camera video! We were exhausted…but then…two days recording in the marvellous studio 1 at RAK Studios in St John’s Wood!


A huge thanks to everyone who came down, listened, connected and participated in what will become our 5th release as Empirical. Particular thanks to Sam Barton from Ray’s Jazz, the whole team at Foyles, Jon Scott, Andrea di Biase and Bruno Heinen for the recording equipment, Marghi and her colleagues for helping us document the process, and Karina and her colleagues for shooting the multi-camera action! Also thanks to Radio 3 InTune, and Jazzwise for helping spread the word.


Read a fantastic summary of the week from Jazzwise HERE

Check some great photos by Steve Pringle HERE


Watch this space for an amazing documentary, lots of video, a ‘Live at Foyles’ release and most of all our 5th Studio Album – coming in the autumn.

Empirical and Ray’s Jazz collaborate at Foyles for New Album

We are happy to announce a series of concerts running from 26th-31st Jan 2015!

For a new album we are looking at how we connect with each other and our audience, so are running a residency at the wodnerful new performance space at Foyles bookshop. In collaboration with Ray’s jazz, each concert starts at 6.30, and there will be the opportunity to give your feedback about the music in the cafe after, but also via an annomyous feedback form!

Read all about it HERE

Hope to see you there!


New Album, Radio Performance and Live in London

photo by Ben Amuire


We have released our album Tabula Rasa, and had some positive feedback from our audience and the critics! Buy it HERE


We were on the fantastic “In Tune” with Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3! Listen again HERE


Come and see us live! It’s where the music comes alive. London, Southbank, Purcell Room – tickets still available HERE


We are on Twitter @Empiricalmusic

and on https://www.facebook.com/Emprical



Album 4 Recording Done!!

We spent 5 long but happy days recording Empirical’s 4th Album!

As in many things, ‘the best laid plans of Mice and Men often go astray’, and so it was with this session! Our chosen studio was the beautiful room at Pinewood studios, run by Phoenix sound, where we recorded ‘Out ‘n’ In‘ in 2008. Unfortunately, the studio has been sold, rendering our pre – Christmas recording plans in disarray!

Step in Dave Moore, engineer at Phoenix sound, who has worked with us on ‘Out ‘n’ In’ and the mixing of ‘Elements of Truth‘. Having scouted out several studios we agreed on Flood and Moulder’s studio, Assault and Battery 2, in Willesden. Nat and Lew checked out the space and with a positive verdict we booked it, with Dave engineering.

One of the exciting parts of Album 4 is we are documenting our work with the Benyounes Quartet. A fantastic string quartet we met through our work as Golubovich Jazz Scholars at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Great girls who put up with our massive date changing, long rehearsals and Jazz vernacular! Check out our SoundCloud to hear clips from our first performance – in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival 2012! Watch Behind the scenes clips

Despite the organisational hiccups, the sessions were mega fun! The girls brought a great, professional vibe and we were well catered for by Drew and Jordan from A&B 2. 14 songs went down! 7 with the string quartet, 7 without, so watch this space for the exact format of the release! And watch out for an EPK coming soon, courtesy of Simon Whitehead and Simon Drake. Check out some Photos on our Twitter feed.

We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with Naim Jazz, and the record is scheduled for release in late Aug/Early Sept 2013 (we’ll keep you posted!). Our music is always conceived with the long term in mind, so a continued partnership with Naim is perfect.

The music is ambitious, risky, epic and full of stories – everything you’ve come to expect from Empirical. We are very excited about this one…now just the small matter of picking the best takes…and mixing…and mastering…oh..and the artwork…

In the meantime – come check out an Empirical performance! (we’ll have to wait till September before the strings are with us again)

24th Jan Lincoln
25th Jan Cambridge
7th Feb Leeds
8th feb Sheffield