Recorded in April of 2013, “Modern Fiction” is the debut album by the Andy King Group. With original compositions by the group’s leader and trumpeter, Andy King, it is a fusion of styles beloved by Andy including free jazz, hard metal, fusion and psychedelic rock. With influences ranging from hard-core group Converge, free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, to rock gods Pink Floyd, this album is a wild ride. Combining taut compositions and free group improvisations, the music feels vital and exploratory, and live performances are never the same way twice.
Expertly recorded and mixed by multiple Juno award winning engineer Paul Johnston, and mastered by the incredible Guy Hebert, the sound of the record is intense, lush and diverse. The official record launch will be at the OFF Montreal Jazz Festival in the beautiful La Sala Rossa on October 10th, 2014. Don’t miss what is sure to be an epic experience.
Montreal-based trumpeter, composer and educator Andy King has for many years been an in-demand talent in Canada and internationally. He has performed with Bernard Adamus, Nikki Yanofsky, Bonobo, The Barr Brothers, Juno award winners Bell Orchestre, The Luyas, Corneille, the Christine Jensen Big Band, the Joe Sullivan Big Band, as well as Eric Lapointe, Pierre Lapointe and Damien Robitaille, among others.
He has recorded with many groups and artists including Pierre Lapointe, Nikki Yanofsky, The Luyas, Corneille, Dr. Noh, Bonobo, and Hugo Lapointe. He has also performed for musical comedies “Chantons sous la pluie” and “Hairspray” produced by Juste Pour Rire. Andy has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and Africa. His tours included three years with R&B singer Corneille, including a performance in Nagoya, Japan at Expo 2006.
Andy holds both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees and a Bachelor of Music Education from McGill University, where he studied with Jan Jarczyk, Joe Sullivan, Kevin Dean, Ron Di Lauro, and Remi Bolduc. Also, in 1998, while attending the Banff Center for the Arts’ Jazz Workshop, he had the opportunity to study with Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler and Kenny Werner.