Surface Tension

Surface Tension is a new quintet project from drummer and composer Luke Bainbridge. Drawing upon contemporary classical and groove-based backgrounds, Bainbridge's distinct compositional voice is harnessed to powerful effect by the quintet. As the relationship between improvisation and composition continues to change, the project explores different forms of musical storytelling. From large-scale journeys, to angular ritualistic loops, to subverting traditional improvising forms with multi-geared solo-coaster rides. In an eclectic mix of styles, this project is influenced as much by Béla Bartók as it is James Brown.


In January 2018, the band teamed up with Brazilian sound engineer Fellipe Baldauf (Latin Jazz Grammy - Natureza Universal) to record their first EP at the University of West London. Since then the project has evolved in personnel and repertoire, and continues to be inspired by the spectrum of ideas from tutors Barak Schmool, Kit Downes, Chris Montague, Pete Churchill and Ruth Byrchmore, all of whom have contributed to driving the compositional concept forward.


Following their successful debut gig at the 606 Club, and with more plans to record and tour on the horizon, this exciting new quintet is set to make an impression within the UK music scene.


Luke Bainbridge Band


Sam Norris - Alto Sax

Billy Marrows - Guitar

Wilbur Whitta - Piano

Harry Pearce - Bass

Luke Bainbridge - Drums and Composition