Location: The Railway Inn, Winchester
MOBO award-winning Empirical are known for producing forward looking, risk taking, creative jazz music. Following the release of their fifth studio album 'Connection' in March 2016, the four-piece will present Winchester Jazz Festival audiences with a brave live performance at the Railway Inn.
Empirical are Nathaniel Facey (saxophone), Lewis Wright (vibraphone), Tom Farmer (double Bass) and Shaney Forbes (Drums). Each member has a uniquely equal role in the musical direction of the band, brought together through the core ethos of experimentation.
After meeting in 2007 whilst involved in the Tomorrow’s Warriors scheme, and following the release of ‘Empirical’ (Destin-e), the band settled on the current lineup in 2008. Their in depth tribute to Eric Dolphy, ‘Out ‘n’ In’ (Naim), led to a MOBO award in 2010 for Best Jazz Act. After the 2011 release, ‘Elements of Truth’ (Naim), Empirical won the inaugural Golubovich Jazz Scholars fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Through this award they collaborated with Benyounes String Quartet, and led to their 2013 album ‘Tabula Rasa’ (Naim). Their fifth studio album ‘Connection’ was released on Cuneiform Records in March 2016.