"The polish of the Benyounes Quartet was new... they already seem seasoned veterans with their tight ensemble and confident projecton."

- The Times

Empirical – ‘Tabula Rasa’


During our fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance we met and worked with the jazz quartet ‘Empirical’ as part of Trinity Laban’s unique ‘Co-Lab’ – a fortnight dedicated to students taking time out of their usual routine to engage with different art forms and genres of music, and hopefully to gain new insights and creative experiences. For us it was fascinating to work in a completely different rehearsal dynamic but also note the similarities of a quartet of musicians who have worked intensively together.

Empirical invited us to collaborate with them and we subsequently showcased a new set at theLondon Jazz Festival in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2013 we recorded an album together titled “Tabula Rasa”, released on Naim Records, followed by a UK tour.
Click here to see a video of the making of the record and here to see London Jazz Festival preparations.