ISQ are a critically-acclaimed post-jazz/alternative quartet from London described as “EST with vocals”.
This crossover jazz outfit take the conventional jazz line-up as a mere starting point, embracing “the song” as an improvisational framework to move into different – sometimes unexpected – sonic directions and moods. The use of space and dynamics along with the vocalist’s evocative lyrics, weave stories of a rare intensity. After two critically-acclaimed brave and original albums, ISQ have just finished recording their third album ‘Requiem For The Faithful’ released in autumn 2019 to coincide with their UK-tour.
ISQ features the charismatic Danish-Sicilian vocalist Irene Serra (Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3) whose strong stage presence and a compelling vocal tone is used to great effect on their original songs, Richard Sadler on double bass (founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio), Naadia Sheriff on piano (Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls on drums (Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant).