Formed in 2007/8 by Alex Bonney, Tim Giles and Matt Groom, Leverton Fox collage together a battery of musical inspiration, from noise and lo-fi electronics to free improvisation and psychedelia with a healthy dose of irreverence.
The group produced their first LP, 2008s ‘Country Dances’ for cult underground indie label Gravid Hands, recorded partly in a disused barn in Berkshire as well as a variety of North London’s grungy music rooms. Since 2009 the group has had a new line up featuring Isambard Khroustaliov from acclaimed electronica duo Icarus in place of Matt Groom.
In 2010 with this new line up they toured the UK supporting the celebrated Norwegian improving duo Humcrush and began recording their new album ‘The Human Arm’. Leverton Fox are releasing the ‘Human Arm’ at Dalston’s Cafe Oto on June 16th 2012, following on from recent performances in Oslo and Gothenburg.
"Leverton Fox successfully create an elaborate, working inter-relationship between the immersive and the intrusive."
– The Wire
" An extremely tactile avant-electronica that makes full use of mind-bending stereo production … ranging from squat, stunted machine-funk beats to bubbling, aquatic ambient environments."
" (Leverton Fox) come across a lot more gritty and demented than Polar Bear and there are even shades of 23 Skidoo and, more substantially, Nurse With Wound and very early Cabaret Voltaire."
Drummer Tim Giles has fulfilled the promise shown as a child prodigy, and is now widely regarded as one of the most thrilling young contemporary jazz drummers on the European Jazz scene. Aged twelve, Tim formed his first trio, which then performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival and also the Clacton Jazz Festival, where Tim was heard by saxophonist Iain Ballamy. Two years later Tim (alongside long-term music partner, pianist Richard Fairhurst) joined Iain and bassist Steve Watts for a week at Ronnie Scott’s to form the Hungry Ants. Subsequent gigs included Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival and St Louis Jazz Festival, Senegal, where the band supported the late keyboard legend Joe Zawinul. In 2000 Tim started a post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Music where he met saxophonist James Allsopp. The two musicians played in many projects together including Richard Fairhurst’s BBC Jazz Award-winning Sextet, and in spring 2005 Allsopp and Giles formed Fraud, co-composing and co-leading the band. In July 2008, Fraud won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation, with their performance at the award ceremony subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He currently plays in many bands and artist projects including Iain Ballamy’s Green in Blue, Golden Age of Steam, Nostalgia 77 & Dog Soup.
Alex Bonney regularly performs and records internationally with several bands that explore the relationship between written and improvised music. In most he is featured on electronics (real time sound processing) as well as trumpet. He currently co leads Splice, an electro acoustic quartet featuring Robin Fincker, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Dave Smith, as well as a critically acclaimed improvising duo with bassist Dave Kane. He also leads and composes for an acoustic trio featuring Olie Brice and jazz legend Jeff Willams and has an Albert Ayler tribute septet featuring master improvisers Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders. As a sideman he plays in Tweedle Dee an Anglo/French septet, Andrew Plummer’s World Sanguine Report, James Allsopp’s Golden Age of Steam, Sefiroth, an ensemble featuring contemporary arrangements of traditional Sephardic music, Olie Brice’s Carracks project, Steve Davi’s ‘Human’, Northern Irish composer Brian Irvine’s ensemble and various impromtu improvised musical meetings. Past collaborations have included Graham Collier’s ensemble featuring Harry Beckett and in 2003 Alex played on sax master Steve Lacy’s last recording: Hans Koller’s London Ear.
Isambard Khroustaliov is the solo alias of Sam Britton from the electronic group Icarus. Sam trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London, but took up music full time after securing a recording contract as an undergraduate. Since 1997 he has recorded and released music for a number of independent electronic music labels in the UK and the US (Output Recordings, Temporary Residence, Domino and The Leaf Label) and continues to perform as Icarus (with Ollie Bown) all over Europe and further afield. In 2006 he completed a masters course in electronic music and composition at IRCAM in Paris and in 2011 was selected to work with the London Sinfonietta as part of their Writing the Future commissioning scheme. In 2011 & 2012 Icarus were the recipients of research residencies at STEIM and Sam is also currently researching a PhD in composition under the supervision of Richard Barrett, Peter Wiegold and Christopher Fox at Brunel University.
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