When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, The Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named for a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy Jazz standards and original compositions. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside top Gypsy jazz and swing musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, and Howard Alden.
The Quartet features Jason Anick on violin, the prodigious Olli Soikkeli on guitar, Adrian Holovaty on guitar, and Greg Loughman on bass. The quartet recently recorded and released a live 4 song EP, receiving worldwide critical acclaim.
Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer and Berklee College of Music Instructor, received critical praise from the world-renowned Boston Globe which stated, “Jason’s compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing.”
"Collective jaws dropped at the sheer virtuosity of The Rhythm Future Quartet! The group's stellar musicianship, good humor, and reverence for this important musical tradition made for an unforgettable evening. We can't wait to have them back!" - Dana Packard, The Saco River Theatre
Originally from the small town of Zanesville, OH, Greg Loughman started playing electric bass at age fifteen. He obtained a Bachelor of Music in the field of jazz studies at Capital University, where he studied electric and upright bass with Doug Richeson (bassist for a number of years with Tony Bennet), Jeff Ciampa, and Lou Fischer. After living in Columbus, OH, then spending a year in Montana, Greg moved to Boston, where he continues to pursue an active schedule of performing and recording. He has performed with jazz greats including George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Judi Silvano, Kenwood Dennard, as well as Grammy-nominated pianist Phillip Aaberg, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta, and singer Patti Page, among many others. His musical career has taken him on tours of the US, Europe, the Carribean, and Japan.
Currently, Greg leads his own indie rock group Lowman, his own jazz trio Sinistral, co-leads the groups Roving Soul and ManOnLand, and plays in the John Funkhouser trio, the Rhythm Future Quartet, Klezwoods, Britt Connors & Bourbon Renewal, the Sonic Explorers, and many others. Greg is also an in demand studio musician in the Boston area and teaches private lessons on bass, guitar, and piano from his own home or online.
Talk to the abundantly gifted violinist and mandolin player Jason Anick and the phrase “ jazz without borders” will invariably come up. What the axiom means to Anick is a contemporary jazz that is stylistically inclusive in nature, a jazz that brings whatever it can to the party, unwilling to cut something out of the mix for fear of it not fitting prescribed boundaries. An inviting demonstration of the maxim in action can be found on Anick’s second album as a leader, Tipping Point (February 18, 2014). Utilizing both acoustic and electric mandolins in addition to his customary violin, Anick expands his musical horizons; those who associate his name with acoustic Gypsy jazz -- as heard so convincingly on his debut album, Sleepless, in his work with the Rhythm Future Quartet, and with Grammy-award winning guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson -- will now find that pigeonholing Anick is fruitless. The album’s title spells things out loud and clear: from this moment forward Anick’s own music is rooted in the here and now, a time when possibilities reign.
Blending Anick originals that openly incorporate the influences of mainstream jazz, classical, new acoustic music, Gypsy jazz, swing, and hard bop with a wide-ranging swath of jazz classics, Tipping Point declares that for open-eared members of the 28-year-old string master’s generation, musical exclusion is a dead end. What tie together the various strains of Anick’s vision are his extraordinary command of his chosen instruments and the spirited contributions of the like-minded players that accompany him on this musical journey.
“There’s a home in jazz for everything,” Anick states. "On Tipping Point I’m moving in new directions, trying different musical settings and types of composition. I wanted to show different sides of my playing and my writing. I see all the diverse musical influences as being interconnected. And there’s beauty in interconnections.” To that end, Anick never allows his obvious virtuosity to overpower the music’s intent. “It’s not about displaying technique,” he states. “It’s about creating a soundscape, an atmosphere for listeners to enter into.”
One of the youngest instructors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of jazz violin and mandolin. In addition to leading his own ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at Hartt Conservatory. He went on to record on Jorgenson's latest CD One Stolen Night, which was named one of the top 10 albums of 2010 by both the LA Times and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Jason's composition "Occupy" won 3rd place in the 2013 international songwriting competition in the jazz category.
Jason's performances have taken him all over the world to China, Germany, the UK, Italy, France, and the Netherlands as well as renowned venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's Jazz Club, The Iridium, NPR's Mountain Stage, and The Ark.
Jason is also a sought-after educator, and has taught jazz violin and mandolin to students of all ages at string camps, workshops, and clinics around the world. Jason regularly contributes educational columns to Fiddler Magazine and instructional videos to Christian Howes' Creative Strings Academy.
Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland.
Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Samson Schmitt, Anat Cohen, Tommy Emmanuel, Paulus Schäfer, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu.
In 2011 Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and in 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg.
2014 Rhythm Future Quartet's debut album was released. The Wall Street Journal wrote “Olli Soikkeli, a riveting finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”