Quartet Diminished In London
Founded in 2013 in Tehran, Quartet Diminished is one of Iran’s foremost contemporary music bands. Their music is stylistically diverse, drawing freely from contemporary jazz, art rock and avant-garde music, without adhering to the idiom of any particular one.
‘Quartet Diminished is an accomplished group with a distinctive collective sound . There are just enough Middle Eastern sounds to remind the listener where they are from, but they also have an international identity – and a skill set comparable to musicians anywhere in the world.’ Mark Sullivan – All About Jazz Magazine
‘In the past decades, few groups have reflected the voices that surround them in such an enhanced way as Diminished. In oppressed societies, the imagination of the mind is at odds with the eyes and ears, what the mind sees and hears are hazy memories in search of a dream from the past, yet it’s floating in the present.’ Hossein Alizadeh – Aftabnet Magazine
‘Overall, the sophistication of the performances suggests the quartet’s name is a misnomer. Rather than diminishing sounds, the band is augmenting all timbres into a satisfying Persian-Western fusion.’ Ken Waxman – The Whole Note Magazine
About Colin Bass
Born in London in 1951, Colin Bass began making a precarious living as a professional musician in 1969 and in the ensuing five decades he has worked within a wide spectrum of musical styles with a diverse range of international artists.
Known to many as bassist and vocalist with British prog-rock veterans Camel (1979 to the present day), he was also a key figure in the World Music pioneers, 3 Mustaphas 3 (1985-1991), and has toured and/or recorded with artists such as Oumou Sangare, Steve Hillage, Debashish Bhattacharya amongst others.
He’s released three solo albums and a series of albums recorded in Indonesia, where his 1994 million-selling song Denpasar Moon is still an evergreen. An award-winning record producer, he has worked on albums by The Klezmatics (USA), Joonas Widenius Trio (Finland), 9Bach (Wales), Maija Kauhanen (Finland), Etran Finatawa (Niger), amongst others. His latest album release, Still, is a collaboration with keyboard player Daniel Biro.