Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment – the supreme moment. Kairos 4tet was born out of a desire to explore times past, present and future, creating music with a sense of space, between the competing worlds of written melody and in-the-moment improvisation.
Fronted by saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann, Kairos 4tet are one of a kind – bridging the gap between classic and contemporary, they explore the jazz idiom and the lineage of song with intelligent and delicate grooves, burning improvisations and melodies that linger long after the music stops. Winners of the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act, with Adam Waldmann, a graceful player, described as “one of the most distinctive saxophonists in the UK” (Manchester Evening News) on breathy tenor and quirky soprano, bassist Jasper Høiby’s muscular low ends (Phronesis, Shai Maestro), Ivo Neame’s dazzling piano (Cinematic Orchestra, Marius Neset) and Jon Scott’s hypnotic drumming (Mulatu Astatke, Dice Factory) the quartet allow the warmth of their communal spirit and of the now improvisational edge to shine through.
With their latest album “Everything We Hold” Kairos have extended their sonic landscape and teamed up with fantastic collaborators to make an album that was described by Jazzwise magazine as “Bursting with dreamy, hummable melodic themes… this is easily Waldmann’s best to date…hangs together beautifully in the way albums were always meant to”. Emilia Mårtensson, Marc O’Reilly and Omar lent their vocal talents which made this “scintillanting new opus” (MOJO) a truly compelling listen.