Portico Quartet

Jazz in London has been updated by the Portico Quartet, a young combo that’s also conversant with the beats of the clubs, the dissonance of contemporary classical music, and the noises of ambient and electro-acoustic composers, and even disposed to adopt a new instrument, the Hang, a sort of drum invented around ten years ago in Switzerland. Whether Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick, and Keir Vine are aiming to get people to dance, or intending to foster a more meditative mood in the audience, they succeed admirably. And they know well how music may be imbued with the sensation of particular spaces or places: just listen to their number “Ruins.”