Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation - Shortlisted 2017
Chris Montague is a jazz composer and guitarist who has earned wide acclaim with his trio Troyka, which was formed during his Masters course at The Royal Academy (2005/2007). It was here that Montague’s world rhythms tutor (Barak Schmool) introduced him to writing for improvisers with a focus on rhythmic development and placement rather than harmonic detail, shaping the way he writes today. In 2013 Troyk-estra (big band arrangements of Troyka) won the Parliamentary Jazz Award for best album.
In 2015 Montague was commissioned by Serious to write a piece of music to be performed by up to ninety beginner guitarists from primary schools around Hackney. Titled ‘A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World’, it was performed at Rich Mix during London Jazz Festival (2015).
A current commission from PRSF involves Montague’s collaborative work on the musical interpretation of artist Maya Ramsey’s wall rubbings from Jimi Hendrix’s London flat. The project is ongoing, but this year some of the works were performed at the opening of Hendrix’s flat in Handel House, London.