Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Location: London


ISQ are a critically-acclaimed alt-jazz/art pop quartet and the brainchild of Irene Serra (vocals) and Richard Sadler on double bass (founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio). With Naadia Sheriff on piano (Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls on drums (Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant), they take a conventional jazz line up and add their own, very open, approach to their original music. All established performers on the British Jazz scene and revelling in live performance, this post-jazz outfit embrace “the song” as an improvisational framework to move into different – sometimes unexpected - sonic directions and moods.
Described as “ of the most recognisable bands on the scene..” by All About Jazz, their second studio album was a Time Out London Critics Choice. Since the band’s formation 9 years ago, they have gone on to perform at prestigious venues such as the Southbank Centre, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho and have taken part in the London Jazz Festival in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Their music has been featured on BBC Radio and Jazz FM and they were recently interviewed on BBC London Live.
The support of Help Musicians will be invaluable in the production and promotion of a ‘re-imagining' of our latest album ‘Requiem For The Faithful’, which will include collaborations with established international producers and artists, a comprehensive promotional campaign and an online album launch.