Rewatch our first Serious Livestream Session

We’re supporting musicians by hosting livestreams over on Serious' Facebook and YouTube pages; from album launches to live event replacements and beyond, doing our bit to keep the music scene alive

In the first of the Serious Livestream Sessions, virtuoso guitarist, Serious Take Five alumnus, and current BBC New Generation artist Rob Luft launches the highly anticipated new album Life Is The Dancer through Edition Records, giving us a preview of his full album that we’ll be presenting at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. As well as incorporating pedals and loops to simulate a full band experience, Rob will be joined by his fellow EFG London Jazz Festival artist, long-term musical and current isolation partner Elina Duni on piano and vocals for a unique take on his new material

  • ‘ Unfettered joy, obvious humility, genuine warmth, free-flowing creativity. He epitomises what it means to bring joy to life through music ’
    (UK Vibe)
  • ‘ Luft's style is a garden of heavenly delights. Life Is The Dancer is balm for the soul and we can always use as much of that as we can get ’
    (★★★★ All About Jazz)

Described as one of the UK's most prominent and talented young jazz guitarists, Rob Luft has risen through the ranks of our Take Five Talent Development scheme and gone on to make a serious name for himself as a solo and collaborating creator. He has wowed at EFG London Jazz Festival in multiple guises, opened for Tribalistas at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, worked with Django Bates (Saluting Sgt Pepper tour), Loose Tubes, Iain Ballamy Quartet, Gregory Porter, Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur, Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO), and Elina Duni as well as being a regular member of a number of groups, such as Byron Wallen’s Four, Eddie Parker’s Airborn, Martin Speake’s Mafarowi, and The Alice Zawadzki Group.

Identified as having 'boundless technique' by Lee Ritenour, we can certainly agree with John Fordham writing in The Guardian that 'guitarist Rob Luft is a player the jazz scene will certainly be hearing plenty from.'

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