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Biography of Combustible Alarms

Combustible Alarms is a London-based 18-piece jazz orchestra lead by Chris Rodgers. The bands line-up of 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, bass and drums draws on the talents of many of the most exciting young jazz musicians in the UK's capital, but the roots of the band can be traced back to the corridors of Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where in the late 90's Chris met fellow student Mons Ekstrom. Fast forward 5 years and the two composers are living and working in London and decide to put together a big band to perform their large ensemble music.

Since its formation in 2004 the big band has been performing its unique blend of contemporary jazz in clubs around London. With influences ranging from free-jazz, rock and funk to Latin, flamenco, improvised music and more, this is original music not heard anywhere else which encourages individuality and freedom of interpretation from the musicians whilst striving to maintain a tight orchestral ethic.

The debut album recorded in 2008-2009 includes compositions by Chris Rodgers and Mons Ekstrom as well as some original arrangements of Hendrix, Zappa and Amargós, and features some blistering solos by the likes of Mark Hanslip, Fulvio Sigurtá and John Turville, amongst others.

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