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Philip MacMullan leads this quintet with a collective work ethic and collaborative approach, which has recently included an ambitious multi- media project with video artist Mark Linnane.

Musically, Cortisol take their cue from contemporary band leaders like Nils Wogram, Ben Allison and Steve Coleman, oscillating between quirky head arrangements and liberating improv.

Interesting textures in store from the clarinet/trombone frontline of Matt Berrill and Colm O'Hara, harmony and colour from pianist Justin Carroll, with bassist Andrew Csibi and Macmullan on drums providing the rhythmic component.

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