Portico Quartet is a British contemporary jazz and electronic music group that has garnered critical acclaim for their unique sound and innovative approach to music. The band was formed in 2005 in London, England, and consists of four talented musicians: Jack Wyllie on saxophone and electronics, Duncan Bellamy on drums and electronics, Milo Fitzpatrick on double bass, and Keir Vine on hang drum and percussion.
The quartet gained recognition for their distinctive use of the hang drum, a rare instrument that produces mesmerizing sounds similar to steel pans. This distinctive element sets them apart from other jazz ensembles and creates a captivating blend of jazz, electronica, ambient, and world music influences.
Throughout their career, Portico Quartet has released several critically acclaimed albums that have showcased their musical versatility and creativity. Their debut album "Knee-Deep in the North Sea" (2007) received widespread praise for its atmospheric compositions and earned them a nomination for the Mercury Prize. They followed up with "Isla" (2009), "Portico Quartet" (2012), "Living Fields" (2015), and "Untitled (AITAOA #2)" (2020), all of which have been well-received by both critics and fans alike.
In addition to their studio albums, Portico Quartet has also gained recognition for their captivating live performances. They have toured extensively around the world, showcasing their improvisational skills and creating an immersive experience for audiences.