Karma Quartet: Make or Breakdown EP Launch

Karma Quartet: Make or Breakdown

Date: Thu, 25th Jul
Doors: 7:30 PM
Start: 8:30 PM

Thu, 25 Jul | Doors 7:30pm | Karma Quartet: Make or Breakdown


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Karma Quartet’s launch event for EP “Make or Breakdown” blends UK jazz, post-rock, and breakbeat influences.

Hailing from London and Brighton, Karma Quartet craft an expansive blend of soulful UK jazz, post-rock, and breakbeat. For three years they’ve been actively performing and improvising across London, honing a distinctive and immersive sonic experience.

Their performances feature a fusion of breakbeat/jazz rhythms and improvisation, ethereal effects-pedal layers of saxophone, and crystalline vocal harmonies, spanning ambient soundscapes and driving, bass-heavy climaxes. Alongside their Karma endeavours, they also host a monthly jam session at The Fortune of War on Brighton’s seafront.

Formed in 2020 by Adam Ash (Wax Machine) (keyboards, synthesisers, vocals) and Marko Marsenic (Neue Grafik Ensemble) (saxophones, synthesisers), Karma Quartet initially emerged from a collaborative beat-making project. During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, they communed over their mutual passion for jazz and electronic music, crafting tracks by exchanging stems via email. Rory Murphy-Cload (Town Of Cats) (drums, vocals) joined them to help bring their music to life in a live setting, the quartet completed by Tim Curtis (Honeyglaze) (bass), whom they discovered at a jam night in Hammersmith.

In 2024, Karma Quartet is set to unveil their debut EP, “Make or Breakdown,” a captivating voyage through moody spaciousness, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of influences including Puma Blue, John Coltrane, and Radiohead. The EP features original compositions by the group, with songwriting and lyrics by Adam Ash, recorded at Total Refreshment Centre in Hackney.

“Hailing from London on Sea & the capital itself, Karma Quartet have been honing their live sound around towns for three years now, with the hard work paying off on this, their debut single. It’s a bit hard to tell with their genre fluidity which direction they’re heading in, but if they carry fusing their obvious jazz chops with less exuberant strains of post rock, politely insistent post classical piano & vocal affability then I’m on the bus.” – The Slow Music Movement

Line Up

Marko Marsenic – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Synthesizer
Adam Ash – Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer
Tim Curtis – Bass
Rory Murphy-Cload – Drums, Vocals

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karma.quartet/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karmaquartetfb


  • Date : Thu, 25 Jul
  • Time : 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Europe/London)
  • Venue : Jazz Club
  • Doors Open: 7:30 pm
  • Start Time: 8:30 pm

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