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Biography of Trianglehead

Trianglehead, comprising Martin Kershaw (saxes), Paul Harrison (keyboards & electronics) and Stu
Ritchie (drums & percussion), formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2003 and quickly created a cult
following for their unique blend of sonic experimentation, free improvisation and irrepressible
creative energy. Now, following the success of their debut album, Maths, and accompanying UK wide tour, the band are proud to announce the release of their second album, Exit Strategy. Once
again, the music is fresh, original and exciting; a heady brew of wildly different flavours that will thrill
audiences and critics - as appealing to jazz buffs as it is to a generation who are clued-up on techno and electronica. The album also features the playing of brilliant young guitarist Graeme Stephen,
who guests on three tracks.

Martin Kershaw

Having returned to Edinburgh in 1999 after two years at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Martin quickly re-established himself on the vibrant Scottish scene. He has performed and recorded alongside all the top names in Scotland, and has held the lead alto chair in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 2004. He has also recorded and toured extensively with F-Com deep house star Aqua Bassino, and joined Scottish singing sensation Carol Kidd on her 2001 tour of Singapore and Cambodia.

As bandleader, Martin founded the soul-funk outfit Groovediggaz, hip hop collective Green Juice and his own Quartet. In 2002 he was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Recording Development Grant, and produced his first album with the Martin Kershaw Quartet “Fruition“, on the Caber Music label. Besides Trianglehead, newer projects include “danger-groove” five-piece Killer Shark and a reworking of the music of Charlie Parker.

Paul Harrison

From a young age Paul developed musical interests beyond (and counter to) those which his teachers were able to lead him, and was improvising years before he was ever exposed to jazz. He settled in Scotland after entering Edinburgh University on a prestigious piano scholarship. After graduating he turned away from his classical background and through hard work and immersion became established on the Scottish Jazz scene.

He won the Scottish regional Final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 1998 and again in 1999, both years going on to compete as one of six British finalists in London. Paul travels widely with many top Scottish performers as well as visiting international stars, having performed at the Cork, Montreux, and Shanghai Jazz Festivals and at the Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators in New Orleans. Paul has been called on to accompany many great international stars of jazz including Chris Potter, David Binney, Bobby Watson, Jesse Davis, Lea DeLaria, Joe Locke, Ulf Wakenius and Warren Vache. He made his first trip to New York City in 2006, where he attended a workshop led by Ornette Coleman collaborator and 1960’s bass luminary Henry Grimes, and also had a private consultation with radical pianist Vijay Iyer. Besides performing, composing and teaching, this year Paul co-founded a regular experimental and improvised music event in Edinburgh.

Stu Ritchie

Stu is currently best known as the drummer for the Colin Steele quintet, Julian Arguelles trio, Ingrid Laubrock Quartet and the Arthurs-Hoiby-Ritchie Trio. Originating from Aberdeen, Stuart split his talents between London and Scotland for several years before making the UK capital his main base, to explore further its vibrant music scene. One partnership which is now in its fifteenth year is with the eccentric Somerset based Dr Tom Harwood, who at any time will perform using vocals, trombone, keyboards, theremin and bass guitar. Their most recent outings have gone under the moniker “Ethecres and Delgratos".

In recent years Stu has involved himself in the burgeoning Scottish scene, performing and recording with artists such as Carol Kidd MBE, Phil Bancroft and Brian Kellock. In addition to these projects, Stu has performed with David Binney, Jesse Davis, Eivind Opsvik, Roy Powell, David Berkman, Loren Stillman and Dave Gibson.

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