JZ Replacement featuring Zhenya Strigalev and Jamie Murray

98c Wallis Rd, London
E9 5LN


Drum and Bass meets Eastern Euro Folk Music, with a touch of John Zorn". Fresh high energy and intense new London project by saxist Zhenya (Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire) and drummer Jamie (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer). They will preview music from upcoming album "Disrespectful".

The music is inspired by Zhenya and Jamie's musical journeys and studies, and these ideas are combined to create an organic and very original sound. Some people hear Indian influences, some Charlie Parker, some Chris Dave or Michael Brecker. The focus here is to create something very tight and precise while being totally free and creative.

Zhenya Strigalev (saxophones, electronics): Originally from St Petersburg, Russia, he’s worked with some of today’s most respected musicians (including Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tim Lefebvre, Chris "Daddy" Dave, Alex Sipiagin, William Parker, Aaron Parks, Joseph "Foley" McCreary from Miles Davis fame, Larry Grenadier). He has recorded 4 albums with his groups Smiling Organizm and Never Group and his music is regularly played on BBC radio as well as national radio stations in Austria, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, France. He enjoys the challenge of shining a light on the undiscovered, and describes the desired on-the-edge thrill that unfolds: “The whole point of what I do is that I need to surprise myself".

"Strigalev has long had a knack for conjuring big, frisky statements out of tight starting blocks... Inventive, fluent and thrilling... Serious fun." ★★★★ Evening Standard

Jamie Murray (drums) A forward thinking and conceptual player, with a solid groove style yet an open minded approach to free experimentation, his performances are always fresh and exhilarating! He has played and recorded with jazz giants including the Sun Ra Arkestra Members Knoel Scott and Cecil Brooks as well as many other musicians in today's Jazz scene. Having performed with his own bands on a regular basis at Ronnie Scott’s and some major festivals including Love Supreme, Glastonbury & Afro punk in New York, Jamie Murray is a name to keep an eye on. Recently Jazzwise magazine featured him in the “Shape of Jazz to come 2019”.

A drummer to watch out for” Rhythm Drummer

"Phenomenal UK drummer" - Jazzwise