Lead by bassist and composer Marcus Penrose, Aurelius have been playing together as a trio since 2015, playing original compositions written by all members of the band. Marcus and pianist Will Butterworth have been playing music together extensively since 2003 and have developed a trust and knowledge of each others playing which allows an instinctive, fearless approach whenever they play…. They have found a kindred spirit in drummer, Marco Quarantotto.
They share a collective interest in finding beauty in all its forms within the corners of their improvisation and a spirit of limitless possibility.
Their debut album ‘The Process’ was released online in September 2018.
Here’s what Larry Grenadier (bassist with Brad Mehldau Trio, Pat Metheney, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, etc etc) had to say about the album:-
“I think it sounds fantastic. All 3 are playing beautifully! Great sounds, compositions, and beautiful use of space. Very happy to have heard it”….. Larry Grenadier
In February 2019 the opening track from the album, ‘At Beenleigh’ was featured by All About Jazz as their track of the day.
“Arrives with stillness and becalms….” **** All About Jazz
Here’s some more about the musicians
Marcus Penrose – bass & compositions – Born and raised in Cornwall, bassist Marcus recklessly swapped the relaxed coastal lifestyle for the intensity of London at the age of 18. Over the ensuing years he has performed in countless musical lineups throughout London, the UK and Europe. Amongst other projects he is currently a member of saxophonist Tom Neale’s Quartet and is writing and performing with the internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, Spymonkey.
Will Butterworth – piano & compositions – Born in Scotland, raised in Devon and now living in London, pianist Will Butterworth has worked extensively with many of the UK’s finest musicians including Dylan Howe, Asaf Sirkis, Andy Shepherd, Bill Bruford, Julian Siegel, and recently in a duo with Hadley Fraser. He was one half of the critically acclaimed ‘Stravinsky Duo’ with Dylan Howe, reinterpreting the works Stravinsky for drums and Piano. He has released 4 albums as band leader and his music has been heard on Radio 2,3 and classic FM. His latest quartet album ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ – a suite of original music based on Oscar Wilde’s Children’s story of the same name – will be released on Jellymould jazz this September.
Marco Quarantotto – drums – Born and raised in Croatia and now having lived in London for eight years, drummer Marco has performed with many of Britain’s musicians on the jazz & world music scene, such as Robert Mitchell, Jonathan Gee, Quentin Collins, Byron Wallen, Nathaniel Facey, Mike Gorman, Andrew Noble, Nicholas Meyer, Oli Hayhurst, Nigel Price, Seddik, Zebiri, Alejandro Toledo, Andrew McCormack, Claude Deppa, Dom Pipkin, Jo Caleb and Carl Orr.
Notable international artists he’s worked with include Jessica Lourie, Erin Dickins of Manhattan Transfer, Roy Paci, Knoel Scott of Sun Ra Arkestra, Manu Eveno of Tryo.
He’s currently collaborating regularly in London with Toni Kofi, Theo Jackson, Beth Rowley, Will Butterworth, Aleph Aguiars Patarucco, Adam Beattie, Brooke Sharkey, Phaze Teory, Yalfris Veldés Group.