What is Portacle?
Portacle is an alternative jazz / fusion band based in London and Brighton. The band is playing for original tunes as well as occasional and inspiring cover versions and collaborations with different artists.Portacle’s debut EP contains 4 new songs and is to be released in 2020.BIO:
The current members are:
Dan Salamons - Bass/backing voc.
Robbie Knight - Keys/synth/voc.
Henning Brand - drums
The world of Portacle began as a recording project when old friends Dan (ex-Childhood) Mark Driver (TMA, BlueSkyThinking) met Henning, a German drummer and recording artist who had moved from Amsterdam to the UK after a string of international tours, recording sessions with several artists and sessions including Grammy Award winning producers Liam Watson (Tame Impala, Madness) and Attie Bauw (Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins).
The three quickly developed a strong musical understanding based on mutual influences ranging from Miles Davis, Steely Dan and The Yellowjackets to
Hiatus Kaiyote and Jaga Jazzist. Following a few sessions, it became clear that sound was evolving beyond the three founding members.
As a result, the esteemed keyboard and synth player Robbie Knight, joined in mid 2018, completing the line up by adding harmonic flair. Robbie is a former Spanner Jazz Punk and has been playing with people like Davy O'List from the Nice in the past.
Portacle’s railway arch The TunnelStudio in West Ham became the testing ground for their new ideas, the band established their sound throughout 2018, collaborating with various artists and creating a vibrant musical space. In 2019, Mark departed to Chile. The 3 remaining members decided to continue their journey and after a successful string of gigs in 2019 to work on their debut EP which will be released in 2020. Their latest release is a very unusual cover version of Nirvana’s In Bloom, recorded and filmed live at their TunnelStudio in West Ham, London.
Portacles reportoire includes a broad variation of catchy original songs as well as unusual cover songs ranging from slow, soulful ballards and playful, mellow-groovy mid tempo songs to dancable up-tempo tunes.
Covers are ranging from jazz standards like the Miles Davis classic 'Tutu' to jazzed up versions of songs like Nirvana's 'In Bloom' setting the perfect mood for an exciting journey into a musical dreamland full of groovy melodies and harmonies...