KIT DOWNES piano
FRANS PETTER ELDH bass
JAMES MADDREN drums
“Enemy is a delight in its intersection of artistry and technicality, but it’s even more brilliant in its authenticity.”
ENEMY is the technicolor Berlin/London based piano trio featuring pianist Kit Downes, bassist Petter Eldh and drummer James Maddren. Described as ‘fiercely intense’ and ‘beautifully intricate’ by the UK’s Guardian, their two past records spotlight three brilliant and creative musical minds, all equally committed to the exploration of constantly morphing new horizons.
Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated solo recording artist for ECM Records. He has toured the world playing piano, church organ and harmonium with his own bands (‘ENEMY’, ‘Troyka’ and ‘Elt’) as well as with artists such as Squarepusher, Bill Frisell, ‘Empirical‘, Andrew Cyrille, Sofia Jernberg, Benny Greb, Mica Levi and Sam Amidon. He holds a fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he himself studied and now teaches. He has twice been awarded 1st place in Downbeat’s Critics Poll Rising Star for Organ and Keyboard categories respectively, and his ECM records Obsidian, Dreamlife of Debris and Vermillion have been released to much critical acclaim.
The Berlin-based Swedish bassist, composer and producer Petter Eldh was obsessed with Jazz, Classical, Soul, Reggae, Swedish folk music, Middle-Eastern and Hip Hop at an early age and collected vinyl since the age of 7. He initially played guitar before switching to what became his primary instrument, the double bass. Early influences, Charles Mingus, Anders Jormin, Charlie Haden, Charlie Parker, A Tribe Called Quest, Monica Zetterlund, Samla Mammas Manna, Aretha Franklin and Earth Wind and Fire have guided his diverse output as a musician. His current projects include Koma Saxo / Post Koma and Projekt Drums.
James Maddren is a London, UK-based drummer and composer who hails from Horsham, Sussex. He studied jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin France as his drum tutor, graduating in 2009 with a 1st class degree James was also given ‘The Principal’s Award For Outstanding Studentship’. Currently one of Europe’s first-call young drummers, he enjoys listening to and performing all kinds of music and has shared the stage with many artists and ensembles, including the Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes, Jacob Collier, Marc Copland, Will Vinson and Norma Winstone among others.
…this was a breathless, hight-wire performance of constant invention.
a formidable trio – three musicians at the top of their game
Jazzwise Magazine (UK)
A strikingly vital, fiery and intense group that will undoubtedly appeal to jazz lovers
Written in Jazz (NL)
One could get lost in Downes’ flitting ruminations, in Maddren’s loose-wristed, polyrhythmic guile, or in Eldh’s athletic questioning and answering, but it was when the ears were attuned to the collective sturm and drang that the real thrills revealed themselves.
Enemy is an enemy – of all those who think that the musical development of the piano trio is complete. They bring new, fresh accents into the action… To hear that is a pleasure.
Rondo Magazine (D)
There is astonishingly fine detail, but all of the tracks have a flow to them which sounds incredibly natural. These are players who know each other well
Sebastian Scotney, The Arts Desk
At the end of the first evening, Kit Downes’ trio “Enemy” brought to the point the extent of stirring complexity that jazz can offer today. What Downes does on piano and Hammond organ, Frans Petter Eldh on bass and James Maddren on drums defies description. As if they were in possession of Jorge Luis Borges’ “Aleph”, each of the three seems to be at every possible point of the harmonic, melodic, but above all rhythmic universe at the same time. The paradox is that in this web of permanent disorientation everything seems to be in its right place. One understands nothing and yet everything makes sense. Stunning.