A unique trio, Cobblestone Jazz creates pared-down sounds that retain the qualities of improvisational jazz within the parameters of a minimal, dance-floor aesthetic. Through a real-time exchange of musical form, language, and ideas, Tyger Dhula, Mathew Jonson and Danuel Tate provide a continual sense of surprise and discovery for their listeners.
The influence each member has on the group sound contributes to the international success Cobblestone Jazz continues to receive. Tyger Dhula's history as a DJ and producer of electronic music provides the necessary stylistic foundations that form the backdrop for the group's improvisations. His ability to break grooves up into their key elements holds the music firmly within electronic music traditions. Mathew Jonson's gifted ability to mix and compose freely, and his commitment to pushing his music in new directions is always present. Using analogue drum machines and synthesizers as his instruments, he chooses to write his parts in the moment instead of conforming to pre-configured patterns. Danuel Tate's history as a jazz musician and performer prompted the approach to the group's writing practices. His keyboard playing shows a rich understanding of harmony and melody, but like many great artists, his dedication to simplicity is what holds him in such high regard.
Since their 2002 debut release, Cobblestone Jazz have received critical acclaim for their output on !K7, It Is What It Is and Wagon Repair. Their two albums, 23 Seconds and The Modern Deep Left Quartet, have become something of a benchmark for this particular style, including modern classics such as 'Sun Child', 'Dump Truck' and 'India In Me'. The band's appeal is broad; they boast support from diverse DJs such as Laurent Garnier, Daniel Bell, Gilles Peterson, Luciano, Josh Wink, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Joe Clausell and many others. They have performed internationally from Fabric in London to Labyrinth Festival in Japan and Movement Electronic Music Festival, Detroit.
Their music is created in one take, either culled from live performances or studio mixes, and their live shows are a representation of how they create music. Nowadays, the live set is made up entirely of keyboards and drum machines; the laptops and samplers are gone. These performances give audiences a fresh perspective on the genius of Mathew Jonson, his bandmates, and the future of electronic music itself.
In 2015, fans of Cobblestone Jazz enjoyed the trio's return to IIWII with the 'Northern Lights' EP - and a number of shows, including MUTEK Festival, Outline Festival and Strawberry Fields Festival.