Jaz Coleman– the celebrated musician; composer; producer; author; lecturer; traveller; philosopher; actor and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, was born on 26 February 1960 in Cheltenham to an English father and an Anglo-Indian mother of half-Bengali descent.
Coleman studied piano and violin under Eric Coleridge, head of music for Cheltenham College, until the age of 17, and was a member of several cathedral choirs in England before forming the iconic post-punk band Killing Joke
Since coming together in 1978, Killing Joke, combining a fierce intelligence with a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a music that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, are like no other band. This is a group who came out of punk and then set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever.
Killing Joke has played a pivotal role in both alternative music and culture; their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the Killing Joke catalogue – from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks… few, however, coming close to the band’s innate power.
The intensity of the band’s repertoire has long been revered by fans, peers and critics, and this continued to hold sway with their 16th and most recent, studio album, Pylon (Spinefarm Records, 2015), showing the original line-up at its potent, pointed best.