Experimental jazz trio inspired by fear of birds

Troyka at The Stables, Wavendon.
Troyka at The Stables, Wavendon.

Troyka are an experimental British trio who make rich and enthralling instrumental music and have just released their third studio album, Ornithophobia.

Featuring Kit Downes on hammond/synths, Chris Montague on guitar/loops and Josh Blackmore on drums, this group is not your usual Hammond organ trio, and their tour brings them to The Stables, Wavendon, on Wednesday, February 11.

Ornithophobia is the London three-piece’s third studio album - their first for Naim Jazz Records - and marks the fruition of five years’ worth of musical experimentation. Having self-produced all of their records to date, it was Troyka’s bold decision to invite Swedish producer Petter Eldh to produce and mix the album, that truly solidified the diverse, dynamic and discerning edge of Ornithophobia.

The album’s title was first inspired by guitarist Chris’ fear of birds which became the aptly chaotic groove of the title track, which escalated into an album set in a fictionalised London; a post-apocalyptic dystopian nightmare in which people have contracted a form of avian flu that is slowly turning them into human-size birds and gradually making them lose their minds.

Tickets are £9 and the show starts at 8.45pm. Visit www.stables.org or call 01908 280800.