ECHO ENGINE are:
DANIEL BIRO: (keyboards)
ADRIAN NEWTON (loops/sound design)
ROB PALMER (guitar/electronics)
UK-based Echo Engine are a jazz/ambient/groove/electronica trio formed by keyboardist Daniel Biro, groove generator Adrian Newton and guitarist Rob Palmer who regularly embark on improvised, exploratory, mind-reading excursions, often inviting special guests to join them on their travels. These live ‘happenings’ are recorded and then carefully edited, mixed and remodelled into new, more composed sound collages. Capturing the moment, then giving it structure.
Biro and Palmer have been working together for many years, playing live regularly and releasing ‘The Long Journey Home‘ album (Sargasso SCD28050) in 2004, Newton recently joined them and, inspired by his fresh approach to live electronics and groove creation, the trio decided to formalise their collaboration under the Echo Engine banner. Their first album, ‘Windjammer‘ (BSF1001/12 – 2014) featured sax/flute player Theo Travis, best known for his collaborations with Robert Fripp, David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Gong and Soft Machine. The new album ‘I’ll Be Here’ the Echo Engine trio is augmented by special guests Jon Lloyd (sax), Pascal Consoli (drums) and Joe Limburn (acoustic bass).
Echo Engine’s influences range from early Weather Report experimentations to ECM-style electronica (Nils Petter Molvaer, etc) to Aphex Twin ambient grooves. But, ultimately, Echo Engine is a unique distillation of the creative personalities involved.
About the band members:
Daniel Biro grew up in Italy and France and moved to London in 1985. A trained jazz pianist, he was nevertheless attracted to more electronic sounds, especially the Fender Rhodes electric piano which has become his trademark. He has been involved in numerous jazz, pop, rock, experimental band projects as well as writing music for film, TV and contemporary dance. In 1993 he founded the Sargasso label which has been going ever since. He has released several solo and collaborative albums.
Rob Palmer is a member of pianist John Law’s latest project BOINK! and saxophonist Jon Lloyd’s group (which also features drummer Asaf Sirkis and bassist Tom Farmer). His eclectic musical path has also seen him playing and recording with Jamiroquai’s keyboard player Matt Johnson, improv violinist Phil Wachsmann and vibes player Roger Beaujolais. A key player on the south coast scene Rob also created the SoundCellar jazz nights in Poole in 2010 which have become an unmissable stop for all major and emerging jazz artists in the UK.
Adrian Newton is a Dorset based sound artist. His soundscapes are constructed from micro- loops and grains of sound, which are typically derived from field recordings, electroacoustic improvisations and other found sounds. He is a member of the critically acclaimed free- improvisation group Zaum and has also provided sonic art contributions to numerous community theatre events and arts festivals, both in Dorset and beyond. With Echo Engine he provides the band with an ever-changing rhythmic and textural backbone.
About Biro/Palmer’s ‘The Long Journey Home’ album:
“Daniel Biro has a distinct passion for the Fender Rhodes electric piano, which can be heard swirling, stabbing and chiming with considerable subtlety throughout this sequence of six freeform compositions. The results of a single session with guitarist Rob Palmer in which both musicians draw upon a wide range of loops and effects, each untitled piece projects a deep sense of introspective warmth.” – The Wire