Rising stars of the UK jazz scene since formation in 2010, Dagda sum up what inspires their music in three words: Culture, Tradition and Experience. Led by saxophonist Tom Harrison, the band features guitarist Billy Adamson, bassist Tom West, drummer Mike Clowes and special guest awarding-winning Irish saxophonist Michael Buckley. The main feature of this eponymous debut album is 'Suite for RLH', a through-composed suite in 5 parts dedicated to the memory of Harrison's grandfather.
Dagda's music is truly communally composed. Sketches are brought to rehearsals and are developed through discussion, before being manipulated through a process of live performances. Gigs are recorded to capture inspired ideas that have happened in the moment. The recordings are then discussed and picked apart in rehearsals. These effective ideas are then incorporated into the compositions themselves for future performances. The final products recorded on the album have been developed over the past 9 months of performances, and display a unique and consistent group language and aesthetic....
One to watch 2012 UKJazz Radio
Powerful, punchy compositions with a snappy delivery...A gripping performance. Leeds Guide
I congratulate [DAGDA] on the creation of this inspiring work their debut, and look on with great interest at their pilgrimage on the creative modern jazz path. Jean Toussaint, Saxophonist/Compsoer
Original, innovative, intuitive...could be a breath of fresh air for the UK jazz scene. Mornington Lockett, Saxophonist