IKESTRA is Sam Bell (percussion), Sam Gardner (drums), Henry Guy (Bass), JoeHarris (guitar), Tom Henry (keys/synths), Craig Scott (guitar) & Anna Stott (vocals). The name relates to the oneness symbolised in the ‘I’ and is in tribute to Sun Ra’s legendary Arkestra.
Originally formed in 2010 by JoeHarris after quitting music college, IKESTRA has been through several personnel changes before settling on the current line-up in early 2011. The musicians have all been active in the Leeds music scene for years and share a mutual love of improvised music, especially jazz.
With a reputation for energetic and tightly knit live shows, the band quickly gained a following in Leeds and have played at many of the city’s top venues (often to capacity crowds). Gigs in London, Bristol, Manchester and Norwich followed, with the band releasing their debut album in March 2013 on Destroy All Records.