Fugata is pleased to announce that guitarist Chris Allard and double bassist Enrique Galassi have joined the quintet. After 8 and 9 years in the quintet Antonis and James have decided to leave Fugata. While we are sad to see them go, we wish them the best with their future endeavours, and even though our former members’s artistic voices can never be replaced, we look forward to our new musical journey with Chris and Enrique!
Chris Allard (guitar)
Chris has worked with many top artists and performed at major festivals and venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the O2 Arena London, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Nuremberg Festival, Hackney Empire, Midem Festival Cannes, Maison Musique Torino Italy, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Giverny Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Dome, Duoro Jazz Festival Portugal, The Royal Festival Hall.
He has worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood, Tim Garland, John Helliwell (Supertramp), Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Steve Waterman, Carleen Anderson, Claire Martin, Paul Roberts (The Stranglers), Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Dylan Howe, Steve Furst, Kate Dimbleby, Tom Richards, Madeline Bell, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Ken Peplowski, to name but a few.
Throughout the whole of 2015 Chris was on 80+ date tour with multi-platinum singer Russell Watson, the all-time biggest selling UK classical artist. Chris was playing classical, steel-string acoustic and electric guitars, as well as electric bass and mandolin.
Other recent tours include an arena tour with Il Divo autumn 2014; playing the O2 in London and arenas all over the UK. Also in 2014 Chris toured the UK with trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom, playing all over the UK, venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Chris also toured the UK with Russell Watson spring 2014, venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Brighton Dome, Sage Gateshead, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and many other of the best venues in the UK.
TV appearances include performing live on Children in Need, BBC Breakfast and the Paul O’Grady Show with Jacqui Dankworth, with whom he has also appeared on BBC radio many times. Others include Friday Night is Music Night with Gwyneth Herbert and The BBC Concert Orchestra. In august 2010 Chris was a featured guest on Solar Radio, Los Angeles California, talking about album Open Spaces and playing live in the studio. September 2012 Chris performed with Madeline Bell and the BBC Big Band at the BBC Proms in Hyde Park London to over 42000 people.
As a studio musician Chris has recorded in many of the best studios in the UK including Maida Vale, Abbey Road, Metropolis, Pinewood Studios, Air, The Strong Rooms, and abroad at studios including Dinemec Studios, Geneva, and Solar Studio, Los Angeles. Chris has recorded for legendary producers such as Tony Platt (Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Bob Marley).
Chris is now signed to independent label Perdido Records – new album ‘Invisible Landscape’ is to be released spring 2016. This will be Chris’s fourth album as a leader; previous albums Jupiter Island and Open Spaces received critical acclaim including reviews in Jazzwise, Musician, and four stars in Guitarist Magazine. The Chris Allard Band have performed at numerous respected venues in the UK and in Italy, France and Switzerland, including the International Guitar Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Bonington Theatre, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Maison Musique Torino, Italy, and have had press and radio-play as far afield as Portugal and Los Angeles California.
Chris also works as a composer. Amongst other writing projects he wrote the music for Berlin Film Festival sponsored short film Spoilt Broth, directed by Toby Roberts, which has been screened in Washington DC, Sydney, Moscow, London, Venice and New York City, where it won best comedy award at the GIAA Film Festival. It also won the USA Short Film Channel Best Film award 2012, and appeared at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in LA and various other international film festivals.
Chris held the guitar chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 2004-7, touring extensively in the UK and abroad. Prestigious concerts included playing at the Houses of Parliament, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and three week-long residencies at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. He appeared on three NYJO albums.
Chris studied jazz and classical guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, 2000-2004, receiving an honours degree in Guitar performance. He studied jazz at Malmo Conservatoire, Sweden, receiving a diploma. He also studied popular music at the Guitar Institute, London, and Thames Valley University, receiving a foundation diploma and a diploma in Higher Education respectively.
Ovation guitar prize winner in 2000, Chris was also awarded a classical guitar by the Barbarolli Foundation 2002, and was finalist in the Gibson Guitar Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival 2004, also receiving a guitar.
Enrique Galassi (double bass)
London based Double Bass player Enrique Galassi, graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2007. A classical trained musician, his repertoire goes from Classical to Contemporary and Latin Rhythms. In his hometown, Bahia Blanca (Argentina) he has played for several years at the Symphony Orchestra of the City. In London he has been performing a wide variety of orchestral and chamber repertoire since 2005.
While he was a student at TCM he won the Vernon Elliot Prize for Double Bass in 2004. He has also attended master classes with Rinat Ibraguimov, Alex Henery and Corrado Canonic. In 2005 Enrique founded “Del Plata Quintet” a Tango Quintet focusing on the “Tango Nuevo” of Astor Piazzolla with who he toured around UK. Enrique has also been a professor at the International Summer School in Dartington on the Tango Course.
At present he is a member of The London Tango Orchestra and he works as a Freelance Double Bass player with Orchestras and chamber groups and he is in special demand among Tango groups and soloists. He just recently founded “The Teddington Orquesta Tipica” A school Orchestra that he conducts and is intended for people to learn the Style of Tango.