Troyka are Chris Montague (guitars and loops), Joshua Blackmore (drums) and Kit Downes (organ), three young musicians based in London whose intense live shows have positioned them as the latest young band to explode from the capital’s fertile jazz scene. A multi-textured trio with a febrile imagination where no role is pre-defined, their music twists and mutates in an ongoing dialogue inspired by a shared love of Aphex Twin, the angular world of iconclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and the blues-jazz-rock groove of legendary guitarist Wayne Krantz.
A multitextured trio with a febrile imagination where no role is pre-defined, their music twists and mutates in an ongoing dialogue inspired by a shared love of Aphex Twin, the angular world of iconclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and the blues-jazz-rock groove of legendary Steely Dan and Billy Cobham guitarist Wayne Krantz.
With their visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music, Trokya sound more like Tony William’s Lifetime remix by Burial than the classic hammond organ trio. But then that’s the point, they’re part of a new generation of young musicians who refuse to be constrained by the old boundaries. To whom the old question of ‘what is it’ are replaced by is it any good? Who live in a post hip-hop world where you can take whatever source materials you like and do your own singular thing with it. In 2009 Troyka were featured on Micachus mixtape 'filthy friends' and their debut release was included in Jazzwise magazine's top ten albums of the year list. In June 2012 to coincide with their 2nd release 'Moxxy', Troyka appeared on the front cover of Jazzwise magazine and were named by Timeout magazine as one of the top 10 live acts in London alongside Plan B, Zun Zun, The XX and Hotchip.
Highly impressed with Troyka's music, composer Django Bates was commissioned by Cheltenham Jazz festival in May 2011 to write a set of music to be performed and broadcast for BBC Jazz on 3. He chose to put Troyka at the heart of this writing process, highly inspired by the trio's use of rhythm and texture. In October 2012 the band were included in the Jazz FM award nominations for 2 categories (cutting edge jazz innovation and best UK jazz act).
“Like King Crimson for the iPod Generation” (Time Out)
“Simply bursting with intelligence and wit” (Jazzwise)
“3 of the most important young British jazz musicians we have in this country…they seem to be able to create these extraordinary atmosphere’s within their improvisation.” (Jamie Cullum)
“Music sounding both deep-rooted and as modern as the moment – spikily abstract at times, gracefully lyrical or traditionally rock-bluesy at others.” (Guardian) ****
“A unique trio that rises to the top of the UK scene." (BBC Music Review)