Edinburgh-based Trio HLK are composer/pianist Rich Harrold, 8-string guitarist Ant Law, and percussionist Richard Kass. Their music brings 21st-Century compositional tools to the contemporary Jazz trio. The intricate compositions balance dense, through-composed sections with complex frameworks for improvisation. The pieces are strewn with temporal distortions, rhythmic tricks and metric ambiguities. Whilst they draw from a disparate range of styles, their sound distils these influences, unifying them with a fearless and uncompromising approach. Audiences and critics inevitably confuse the meeting point of the composed and the improvised.
Their forthcoming first album – to be released next year – features special guests Steve Lehman and Dame Evelyn Glennie.