Saxophonist and composer Diane McLoughlin’s new ensemble explores the boundaries between classical, folk and jazz. Featuring saxophone, violin, double bass and piano, the music allows space to explore sound and silence. This creates intensity and intimacy, echoing chamber music of the classical tradition. Quiet and brooding, serene and uplifting, with influences from Keith Jarrett to Poulenc, Bartok and Balkan folk music, The Casimir Connection is a jazz chamber group for the modern era.

Diane McLoughlin

band leader / composer / saxophones

Currently playing with the ARQ (the Alison Rayner Quintet) Diane has lead many groups including Giant Steppes, her 18 piece big band, which performed to critical acclaim throughout Britain.

Kit Massey


Kit is a professional violinist, pianist and arranger. He has performed internationally, playing with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra and working with artists as diverse as Tim Minchen, Anthony and the Johnsons, Jamie Cullum and Aphex Twin. Currently playing with the National Symphony Orchestra. Founding member of The Heritage Orchestra.

Pawel Grudzien

piano / violin

Pawel is a classically trained multi instrumentalist, composer and producer. He works with many artists including Mary Coughlan and Graham J.

Tim Fairhall

double bass

Tim has played extensively both in Britain and worldwide, in wide ranging musical genres with ensembles such as the London Improvisers Orchestra, Ti/om and the Markhov Chain, Yasmin Levy, the John Martin Quartet and Madwort's Menagerie.

“The bright fibrous sound of Diane McLoughlin’s soprano saxophone is a particular delight.”

Dave Gelly (The Guardian)

“McLoughlin can mix a keening tone with a melodic sweetness.”

Andy Robson (Jazzwise magazine)

“Benet McLean is both a sensitive group player and gifted soloist.
His improvisations are vibrant percussive flashes of colour, full of trills and slurs, concise and witty”.

Peter Marsh (BBB Jazz Review)


Watch The Casimir Connection perform 'Eisenstein's Theory' live at the Lauderdale House, London, 30 September 2017.

For more videos visit our Youtube channel.



All photographs by Mandy Wimsett.


Sutton House, Hackney, London

After sell out performances at Lauderdale House and The London Jazz Festival last year, The Casimir Connection now performs in a very special venue in East London. Sutton House is a beautiful Grade II listed Tudor manor house, owned by the National Trust. With wonderful acoustics and a magnificent Steinway concert grand piano, this is an ideal setting for the group’s evocative music.

A bar will be available and there is access to the historic open courtyard.

Door open 7pm. Performance 7.30

Tickets £12 in advance £14 on door.



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