Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Lydian Collective - High 555

Sophie Alloway

Lydian Collective
Aaron ‘Lazslo’ Wheeler - keys
Todd Baker - guitar
Ida Hollis - bass
Sophie Alloway - drums

5th December 2018
Jazz Café, Camden, London, UK

Aaron Wheeler
Lydian Collective support jazz legend Bill Cobham at Camden's throbbing live spot the Jazz Café. Unveiling a new single 'High 555' and building on the success of their debut album ‘Adventure’, (which has generated over 1 million album streams on Spotify in just 6 months).

Their debut album helped to put them firmly on the map of the instrumental Jazz Funk Fusion scene, and leading onto recent appearances at festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz, ‘So What’s Next’ Festival in The Netherlands, Cambridge Jazz Festival and plays on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show; as well as features on Spotify’s ‘The State of Jazz’ and ‘Fusion Fest’ playlists.
Todd Baker

After the intricate and rhythmically complex ‘Adventure’ album, they have now shifted gears on this single with a hi-octane stomping four to the floor danceable fun and funky groove, led by a juicy distorted synth bass line!

Ida Hollis
‘High 555’ takes the listener through the usual compositional twists and turns that have made Lydian Collective tunes so popular, but this time the focus is on a solid groove to get the body moving! This single is available here https://lydiancollective.bandcamp.com/album/high-555 and will be part of an EP, which is due to be released in Spring next year.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Eliza Shaddad - Futurenik Creative

Eliza Shaddad

5th December 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Enigmatic singer songwriter Eliza Shaddad on this A World in London! 

When a musician wrestles with the capital’s rush hour traffic  to reach AWIL and arrives with 3 guitars plus an assortment of bags filled with pedals, plectrums, and leads, it’s a sign of complete dedication and devotion, plus good practice for her European tour which kicks off in Hamburg this week! Eliza’s tenacity was echoed in her determination to complete her album after two years of dodging obstacles and challenges that many independent artists face today. The resulting debut, ‘Future’, came out in October on Beatnik Creative, and is a magnificent debut, criss-crossing tempos & styles, built around themes of love & life that connect with everyone. Eliza Shaddad has taken the personal and translated it into universal, selflessly sharing her joys & sadness, which she interprets with heartfelt passion when singing in her beautiful, emotive voice. She’s vulnerable, sincere, and authentic, baring her soul and digging deep into the depths of anguish, but finds uplifting moments, and of course hope in ‘Future’. Between recording tracks with Clean Bandit of ‘Rather Be’ fame, or supporting Turin Breaks on tour, Eliza is a fearless champion for women’s empowerment, part of the new wave of young feminists like actress Emma Watson, and this activism, along with her remarkable musical talent drew her to the attention of Sounds Like London, the Mayor’s first music month festival in June. Eliza is a founding member of ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, the feisty collective creating new platforms for women in music, and she’s also involved with the Orchid Project, which aims to end FGM worldwide. We’ve caught Eliza Shaddad somewhere in the early stages of her journey in music, where the personal is political, and where she hasn’t yet capitalised on her Sudanese roots, but is already ‘successful’. Beyond ‘Future’, we reckon there are some extraordinarily exciting times ahead! www.elizashaddad.com

5/12/18 – AWIL 189  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-5th-december-2018/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week visionary composer Shirley Thompson at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-281-shirley-thompson/ Next week The Sages at 4pm at SOAS Radio, and Peyman Heydarian at 6.30pm on Resonance. #AWorldinLondon –  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThruMusic – twelve years - #DJRitu! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Two sides of Sara Dowling

Sara Dowling

Joe the Hat presents

Sara Dowling - voice
Gabriel Latchin - piano
Dario di Lecce - bass
Steve Brown - drums
Vasilis Xenopoulos - saxophones

3rd December 2018
The Exchange, Twickenham, UK

Steve Brown
Jazz aficionado Joe the Hat presented a high calibre night of entertainment and music at The Exchange in Twickenham this week. Sara Dowling has long been a darling of the West London set with regular appearances at Twickenham Jazz Club, and it is a testament to her appeal that both recent local gigs have been sell outs. She shared the front of the Exchange stage with popular saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos.

Gabriel Latchin
Sara Dowling is undoubtedly making an impact on the UK jazz scene. Her passion for both music and film from the 1930’s and 40’s inspires and informs her choice of material and her performances. Those who have seen her shows saluting Jerome Kern, George Shearing and their contemporaries will attest that she is an absolute delight. Sara has just released her second album, “Two Sides of Sara”, a duo record featuring the piano of Gabriel Latchin and the unique joy of Bill Mudge's organ playing.
Vasilis Xenopoulos
Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. London became his permanent home after graduating from the infamous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato, and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner.

Dario di Lecce
The Exchange is a newly built venue owned by Richmond Council and leased to St Mary’s University under an agreement that the building will be used for a mixture of University use, Community Group use and public events. The building has a 300 seat theatre, 5 studio rooms, a cafe and a bar. It is the building directly opposite the entrance to Twickenham station.

OuterNation - The Refreshment Room

Jason Eli

Jason Eli
Leon Jean-marie
Future World Beats (Amar Saeed)

1st December 2018
The Refreshment Room, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ

Future World Beats presents "OuterNation" a monthly night based in East London bringing together musicians, Djs and artists to explore the best music from all corners of the globe. OuterNation represents freedom of expression in a global village. Resident DJ's FWB, Leon Jean-Marie & Jason Eli take you on a musical journey from South America to Asia, Africa to the Middle East and many places in between.

The Refreshment Room is a retro inspired bar in the heart of Stratford City. A chilled environment with interesting decor, which includes a wall of vinyls, Banksy inspired artwork, retro movie posters and one of the best beer gardens in Stratford.

Jason Eli's music covers breaks, funk, reggae, House, Garage & good grooves. He's remixed and produced major artists including Whitney Houston and Mos Def. Born in London, Eli's big break happened after sending his DJ mix cassette to Ministry of Sound, and he was immediately made their Saturday night resident DJ. Always on a journey for new sounds Eli formed Albino Productions with top UK producer Amar Saeed, with a mission to fuse eastern beats with electronica. They played weekly at “Swaraj” (based in London’s seminal Blue note club) which was one of the first clubs to play fresh World music that could come from both New York and New Delhi. Jason Eli was heavily involved in the nurturing of the UK Garage and UK Urban scenes during the late 1990’, producing and remixing five UK national top 40 hits in that time.

Leon Jean-Marie
London-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Leon Jean-Marie caused a stir in 2008 when he debuted on Island Records with an R&B- and funk-influenced style of pop that often drew comparisons to Prince. Jean-Marie's debut album, Bent Out of Shape (2008), featuring production work by Mark Ronson and Bloodshy, was preceded by the release of the singles "Bed of Nails" and "Bring It On." He promoted the album with live performances on the Wonky Pop tour with Alphabeat and Frankmusik, along with a performance at the Glastonbury Festival and supporting dates with Estelle. In recent years he has established himself as a sound designer and composer, his film scores feature on a several award winning films. Clients/Projects include Vogue, Valentino, Mark Ronson, Jimmy Choo, Universal Island Records, Sony/ATV, BBC and Pirelli.

Amar Saeed
Future World Beats (Amar Saeed) is a world music label, created to introduce listeners to new music through a journey of traditional, eclectic, rhythmic urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe. At FWB they believe that music is music irrespective of its origins. As mainstream music dominates charts in all territories around the world, we have the tendency miss out on quality music from other lands.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Nina Miranda and Kadialy Kouyaté - Norman Druker Special

Nina Miranda

14th November 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, Borough, London

Brazil met up with Senegal on A World In London this week – not on a boat in the mid-Atlantic, but in the Resonance FM radio studio – with two of these countries finest artists creating a musical treat for us.

Kadialy Kouyaté
Nina Miranda and Kadialy Kouyaté have both guested before on AWIL, but never played live together on air. In fact, their first public performance was about ten days ago. On the strength of this, AWIL asked them to recreate it for the listeners of London, and they were both happy to.
Nina told us about her latest album (with one track already a hit in Portugal), and paid tribute to one of her musical influences. Kadialy Kouyaté, meanwhile, continues working on solo projects, collaborations, musical theatre, kora teaching and, thankfully for us, live radio sessions.
As well as having the honour of being in the presence of two great singers and players improvising some haunting and beautiful music together...... I've now met someone who's appeared on Top Of The Pops!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Stealth - The Real Truth and Nothing But


7th November 2018
St Pancras Old Church, London, UK

Hailing from Birmingham, UK singer/songwriter Stealth crafts highly intimate and powerful blues infused music that reveals the depths of his soul. His strong raspy voice echoes the influence of his idols Howlin’ Wolf and Etta James. Stealth has also been carving a distinct mark on the live scene.

Stealth launched the second single off his forthcoming Chorus EP entitled “Truth Is” at Pancras Old Church in London last week. Stealth elaborated: “This single is one I've been excited about since I wrote it with Michael Angelo and Ali Tennant! Personally it feels like a real step up from some of the other things I've released. It's the first time I've really pushed myself as an artist. Writing a song that is happy for once. Also it's an area of my voice not many people have heard - it adds to the vulnerability of the song which is about a man confessing his true feelings to someone.”

“Truth Is” is available for purchase / streaming now at https://ffm.to/truthis. It can also be found on the FIFA 19 soundtrack alongside Barns Courtney, Billie Eilish, Broods, Childish Gambino, Death Cab For Cutie, Gorillaz, Logic, and many more.

Stealth owes much of his success to his hit single “Judgement Day” which was featured on an episode of US TV series Suits, resulting in a phenomenal reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. The track has racked up over 10 million streams on Spotify and YouTube combined and continues to grow everyday. Additionally, “Judgement Day” charted globally in 12 countries on Shazam who described it as “This year’s ‘Take Me To Church.’

Monday, 12 November 2018

Tara Lee - Raw and Glistening

Tara Lee

7th November 2018
St Pancras Old Church, London, UK

Singer and actress Tara Lee cites influences from Blondie to Massive Attack, with a healthy respect for songwriters like Tori Amos and Diane Warren. Lee's raw ballads rub against a contemporary edge that is bruised and glistening.
In 2014 she released her debut EP 'Soundtrack' which reached No.4 on the Irish iTunes Albums chart. Although well known for her acting roles on hit TV dramas such as The Fall and Raw, Lee has obvious burgeoning promise, signing a publishing deal with music giants BMG Chrysalis (international clientele includes Kings of Leon and Duran Duran).