Over the course of just over a decadeGoGo Penguin have become known and acclaimed for their refined, innovative take on jazz, modern classical and electronic music.

The Manchester-based trio’s new album Everything Is Going to Be OK was recorded during a difficult period for the band: Bassist Nick Blacka lost his mother and older brother to cancer only months apart, and pianist Chris Illingworth lost his grandmother. Meanwhile, the band was also dealing with the amicable departure of their longtime drummer Rob Turner. Blacka and Illingworth drew closer together during this time of loss and upheaval and welcomed new drummer Jon Scott.

Ahead of their appearance at the Opera House in Toronto on May 9, Illingworth joined us to talk about their new album, their new record label, and their new beginnings.