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“A stunning album that deserves to be widely heard, and lauded not just for the outstanding playing of all concerned, but also the beautiful compositions by Diane McLoughlin that mark this album out as something very special indeed”

Nick Lea (Jazzviews)

"This is ‘chamber jazz’ with feel and spirit , evocative and intelligent music that embraces a broad range of emotions as well as styles’"

Ian Mann (The Jazzmann)

"If you’re drawn to McLoughlin’s work – or to Jack or W B Yeats, Coltrane or Jarrett, Michael O’Suilleabhain or Jan Garbarek, Kim Kashkashian or Julia Hülsmann, for example – you won’t want to miss this superb album."

Michael Tucker (Jazz Journal)

"Tender, inventive and well worth a listen"

Robert Shore (Jazzwise, October 2019)

"affectingly blends jazz with influences from Poulenc, Bartok and Irish and Eastern European folk songs."

John Fordham (The Guardian, 27 September 2019)

"Like a great landscape painting, the music reveals its details, its many layers, with repeated listening and contemplation. With 'Cause and Effect' McLoughlin's The Casimir Connection has tapped into a rich musical seam, one which could yet offer plenty more of this timeless, yet borderless music."

Ian Patterson (All About Jazz)

"It's a compelling experience that grows with each listening."

Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here)

"There were mesmerising moments from all the musicians involved. Each was fully engaged."
"As a listener you immediately sense that she’s lived with these works and that there exists a deep personal connection to each of them."

Paul Bradshaw (Ancient to Future)


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.

Photo by Mandy Wimsett. To download the hi-res version for print click here.

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)


Here is a preview of the album 'Cause and Effect', released on 20th of September 2019.

Watch The Casimir Connection perform 'Eisenstein's Theory' live at Sutton House, London, 6th July 2018.

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Master Chord Studio - August 2018


Vortex Jazz Club, London

26th September 2019

Vortex Jazz Club, London

18th October 2018

Sutton House, London

6th July 2018

Jazz Direct, London

2nd December 2017

The Old Church, EFG London Jazz Festival

17th November 2017

Lauderdale House, London

30 September 2017


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