Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.
The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a path that seeks to blur the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation. Taupe thrive on the danger of this ambiguity, deconstructing their music in real time to weave fresh and dynamic paths through their material with each performance.
Adventures on the rhythm wagon.
Multi-layered drum grooves combine with nimble-power-twiddle-honks of alto sax and jagged squalls of discordant guitar, twisting into propulsive irregular riffs and showers of cosmic jazz rain.
Taupe have been described as ‘a power-jazz commando team’ and also ‘a band’. They self-released their first album in March 2014 and continue to work towards material for a follow up release in the coming year, keeping busy with a programme including outings throughout the UK and airtime on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and Jazz on 3.</h4>
Taupe have been described as ‘a power-jazz commando team’ and also ‘a band’. Driven by a deep seated D.I.Y production ethic, they self-released their eponymous debut album in March 2014, and the live album Φ in late 2015. They keep themselves busy with a programme including outings throughout the UK and airtime on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and Jazz on 3.
Their second studio album, Fill Up Your Lungs and Bellow, is released on the 24th February 2017 accompanied by a two week UK tour. Produced by guitarist/wizard Chris Sharkey (Trio VD, Acoustic Ladyland, Shiver), the record is a statement of intent, crystallising the interactions of three fresh young players exploiting a unique and singular collective vocabulary.