Warmer Than Blood

The Hermon

Warmer Than Blood is the new trio of critically acclaimed composer and guitarist Chris Montague who received in 2017 the ‘Jazz Composer Of The Year’ award by the Arts Foundation, an organisation which has been recognising and supporting artists of all disciplines for the past 25 years. Partners in crime are Grammy-award nominated ECM recording pianist Kit Downes and renowned electric bassist Ruth Goller(Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Let Spin). The dynamite trio have collaborated extensively in recent years establishing a distinct musical intuition and bond. Montague’s latest compositions provide a fresh sonic exploration between the three artists. The unusual mix of electric bass, piano and guitar creates spellbinding soundscapes of dark textures, visceral pools of harmony, kinetic improvisation and percussive prepared piano. This concert is part of this amazing trio’s May 2020 debut album launch tour across Europe - don’t miss them!


Chris Montague - electric guitar

Kit Downes - piano

Ruth Goller - electric bass


Chris was born in Gateshead and began playing guitar at an early age.  Some of the musicians and bands Chris has worked with have included Troyka, Squarepusher, Benny Greb’s Moving Parts, Janek Gwizdala, Monocled Man, Charlie Watts, Django Bates, Shinya Fukumori, BJ Cole, Colin Town’s Blue Touch Paper, Nick Smart’s Trogon and Trish Clowe’s Tangent.

As a composer Chris has received several commissions to write for different musicians, including Royal Academy of Music Big Band, Threads Orchestra, EFG London Jazz Festival and several large guitar ensemble pieces for Hull and London Jazz Festivals.

Chris was made an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2013, an award that recognises former students for their contribution to the music environment, in which they have been active since graduating.

Please note that only the first thirty ADV-tickets are sold at the 'Early Bird' price of £10, so early booking is recommended!