TG Collective are an eclectic British-based ensemble, evolving from the successful acoustic guitar trio, Trio Gitano, in 2006. The TG Collective are based in Birmingham, England. Their sound draws on many influences, in particular Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, Jazz and contemporary Classical music, with interchanging shapes and sizes of ensemble within a performance. The group is centered around two guitarists, set alongside a core of double bass, flute and violin and percussion, whilst also featuring flamenco dance in some performances.
The band released a new album, Release The Penguins, in 2012, their first since their previous 2005 release as Trio Gitano. Release The Penguins has received plaudits from The Sunday Times, Jazzwise, Songlines, FRoots, Time Out and Yahoo!. The album has been played internationally, including BBC Radio 3 to KEXP-FM in Seattle, USA. Having toured extensively around the UK, in 2012 TG Collective appeared at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival, the Manchester Jazz Festival, a live session for Jazz FM and London's Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.
Current band members
- Jamie Fekete (guitars)
- Sam Slater (guitars)
- Percy Pursglove (double bass, trumpet)
- Holly Jones (flute, alto flute)
- Louis Robinson (violin)
- Tom Chapman (cajon, world kit)
- Joelle Barker (cajon), percussion)
- Ana Garcia (flamenco dance)
Trio Gitano - 2001-2006
The UK based acoustic guitar trio Trio Gitano was formed in 2001 by three 'graduate' members of the Birmingham School's Guitar Ensemble - Sam Slater, Jamie Fekete and Sophie Johnson.
The Trio was directed by composer, pianist and guitarist Bryan Lester, who still writes for The TG Collective. After performing together throughout their time together at The University of Birmingham, the Trio signed to indie label in 2004 to release their debut album - Who Ate All The Tapas? in August 2005, and was voted as one of the Records of the Year by The Sunday Times newspaper. The album also received notable reviews in The Times, Jazzwise Magazine, Songlines Magazine, The Metro and coverage on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
During the summer of 2006, Sophie left the Trio, with the highly regarded multi-instrumentalist Percy Pursglove joining the group, adding new dynamic drive and direction on double bass, which paved the way for the formation and basis of the TG Collective in September 2006. Percy had previously studied Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire and The New School in New York.
- The Destroyers 15 piece Klezmer band, featuring Louis Robinson and Jamie Fekete
- Katy Carr Alt-folk singer featuring Sam Slater (musician)
- The UFQ Folk quartet featuring percussionist Tom Chapman
- Percy Pursglove Artist website for Percy Pursglove
- Joelle Barker Artist website for Joelle Barker
- Release The Penguins
Released in summer 2012 through the , also featuring on cello.
- Who Ate All The Tapas? - Trio Gitano
Released in August 2005 through the as the original Trio Gitano, also featuring on trumpet and flugelhorn.
- Who Ate All The Tapas? was No.4 in The Sunday Times' Records of The Year in 2005