Gogo Penguin is a British instrumental trio that has been making waves in the contemporary jazz scene since their formation in Manchester in 2012. Comprising pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner, Gogo Penguin's unique blend of jazz, electronica, and classical music has garnered them critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base.
The trio first gained recognition with their debut album "Fanfares," released in 2012 under the Gondwana Records label. This album introduced their distinctive sound characterized by intricate compositions, complex rhythmic patterns, and a seamless integration of acoustic and electronic elements. Their music often incorporates elements of minimalism and post-rock, pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz and captivating listeners with its innovative approach.
Since their debut, Gogo Penguin has consistently delivered exceptional albums that have solidified their position as one of the most exciting acts in contemporary jazz. Their sophomore release, "v2.0" (2014), received widespread praise and was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize. This album showcased their growth as composers and performers, featuring tracks like "Hopopono" and "Kamaloka" that exemplify their ability to create mesmerizing sonic landscapes.
In 2016, Gogo Penguin released "Man Made Object," an album that further expanded their sonic palette by incorporating more electronic elements while maintaining their signature acoustic sound. Tracks like "All Res" and "Branches Break" demonstrate the trio's mastery of blending live instrumentation with electronic textures to create a truly immersive listening experience.
Gogo Penguin's artistic evolution continued with the release of "A Humdrum Star" in 2018. This album marked a departure from their previous works as it delved into more introspective themes inspired by political unrest and personal experiences. The track "Raven" showcases their ability to evoke emotions through delicate piano melodies juxtaposed with powerful drumming and basslines.