Million Square (UK)
Million Square are a London based, electronic duo featuring Max Luthert (electronics) and Duncan Eagles (tenor sax). Together they bridge the worlds of electronica and contemporary improvised music with analogue, digital and acoustic instruments and the result is a unique and futuristic output.
Taking influence from Autechre, Craig Taborn, Richard Devine, Marcus Strickland, Logan Richardson and John Coltrane, Million Square released their debut ‘Between Suns’ EP in 2018 and have collectively performed with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Bill Laurance, Melt Yourself Down, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd.
They followed up the debut with ‘Spirit Bloom’ in 2020 and since then there’s been a clear progression in terms of how Million Square have approached music and developed. They’ve added more sounds from their modular system whilst using no soft-synths to their studio recordings and this has given their new EP ‘Fantasy Grounds’ (2023) a much darker and rawer feel.
"...both futuristic and somehow nostalgic at the same time. This is truly unique music." - Everything is Noise
Arthur Hnatek (CH)
Arthur Hnatek, drummer/composer/electronica artist, is a Swiss born, award winner, contemporary musician. In 2022, he was awarded with a "Swiss Music Prize". These days, he releases and performs electronic music, exploring acoustic improvisations and functional experimental club tracks.
The album "Static", released as the Arthur Hnatek Trio, is a celebration of the electronic culture in a jazz trio setting and has been received with high praises.
He has also been seen drumming with (Nonesuch and ECM artist) Tigran Hamasyan or the Erik Truffaz's Quartet.
His solo project SWIMS debuted with a first EP in October 2017 on Susan Records. He has performed SWIMS at La Cigale (Paris), Berghain Kantine in Berlin, Label Suisse Festival or Montreux Jazz Festival to name just a few. Since June 2020, he released his first vinyl EP, published by Mouthwatering Records, followed by a series of singles throughout the year and two full EPs featuring Taut. One of their latest track was named “Best Swiss Electronic Track of 2021” by SRF3 and is often featured on BBC Radio 6.
On the side of his work as a leader, with Melismetiq, SWIMS or his trio (with which he won the ZKB Jazzpreis 2019 at Moods in Zürich), Arthur is an active sideman performing in a variety of styles. He has been seen on stage with many leading figures on the contemporary scene.
As a composer, he has written for orchestra, string quartets, chamber ensemble, big bands and small ensembles.
Arthur graduated from the New School for Jazz in New York City in 2013 where he studied with Mark Guiliana, Kirk Nurock and many others.