Tuesday, 13 August 2019

CirKT - Alex Brenchley and Graver Ekow

Alex Brenchley

CirKT launches a new live music project offering opportunities for some of the most talented musicians from the South West London area to perform at music venues from August to November this year. CirKT presents a dedicated, packed live music programme, re-igniting a love for nightlife and a passion for live music across this part of London.

The first CirKT night kicked off at The Glasshouse in New Malden on the 8th August 2019 with Alex Brenchley, a quirky off kilter singer-songwriter providing lo-fi acoustic eccentricities (he’s also a cartoonist for The New Statesman) and British Hip Hop duo Graver Ekow with their bouncy and beasty lyricals. 

Coming Up

Thurs 22 August, 7.30pm https://www.lambsurbiton.co.uk/

Wed 4 September, 7.30pm with Leo Appleyard's Urchin
Reserve your free ticket at https://www.cirkt.com/event/urchin-the-oak/

Thurs 19 September, 7.30pm http://www.the-fighting-cocks.co.uk/
Graver Ekow
The loss of venue spaces is one of the biggest problems facing London’s live music sector and CirKT has developed an ecosystem style approach to respond to this. Kingston Council was awarded The Mayor of London’s Cultural Impact Award, and CirKT will officially launch its four-month music programme with its final New Talent Call Out, seeking the best of London’s music talent. An eclectic mix of artists have already been chosen, but there are still more places available to receive once in a lifetime professional development, networking support and performance opportunities. Up to three acts will have the opportunity of securing a bursary of £500.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Joo Yeon Sir - Expression and Confession

Joo Yeon Sir 
Award-winning violin virtuoso & composer Joo Yeon Sir on this A World in London!

Within the first few bars of Joo Yeon Sir’s opening piece on AWIL it became apparent that we were in the presence of greatness. To be honest, we experience that feeling on a regular basis given the great tide of tremendous talent that walks into our studio, but even so, Joo Yeon’s powers of expression and violin virtuosity was extra special. Even more remarkable was her humble confession that she doesn’t yet see herself as a composer, but we’re hungry for more of her original work having heard ‘My Dear Bessie’ which was her first commission. But what of Joo Yeon the performer? Well she’s a multi-award winning musician that has toured the globe, gracing the most prestigious venues in the classical world, and does all of this as a solo artist outside of the orchestral realm. The day we met her she’d just taken a train back from the Lichfield festival with her pianist partner Irina Andrievsky, who also happens to be the only other instrumentalist featured in Joo Yeon’s second and brilliant album, ‘Chaconnes, Divertimento, & Rhapsodies’. Arriving fresh as daisy to give a genuine and candid interview plus live session on AWIL, Seoul born Joo Yeon frequently speaks of her love for the violin, and when she plays it, cradled as a fifth limb, it sings from her heart. Fortunately she was never tasked with having to learn an instrument unwillingly, and instead her amateur pianist mother upon recognising her talent, sought out the best school she could find. That turned out to be the Purcell school in London and so the entire family relocated to the UK when Joo Yeon was just nine. The rest is history and the future is deliciously tantalising – hear all about Joo Yeon on this AWIL – and see her on stage in the capital at St. James Piccadilly on August 23rd! Find her full concert schedule at http://www.jooyeonsir.com/page2.htm

10/7/19 – AWIL 218. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-10th-july-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low. Also this week Sophie Darling & Strut Records’ Quinton Scott at SOAS Radio. Next week Hanitra at SOAS Radio & Samba Azul at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by#AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com  

Appropriate appropriation - Sophie Darling & Quinton Scott

Sophie Darling

Appropriate appropriation with musician/radio producer Sophie Darling & Strut Records CEO Quinton Scott on this A World in London!

AWIL producer, Sophie Darling, has just compiled a fantastic and innovative chapbook in conjunction with superlative artist Alban Low, titled ‘Darling’s Global Record Labels’. It’s an essential & beautifully illustrated guide to uber-cool labels like Habibi Funk, AnalogAfrica, Teranga Beat, Glitterbeat, and  Far Out Recordings, based on Sophie’s groundbreaking interviews & dissertation for her degree at SOAS. Catch the AWIL team roundtable discussion about crate-digging, vinyl revival, record-collecting, and the unprecedented success of independent labels that are propelling world grooves into the mainstream! Also on this AWIL, an exclusive sneak preview of the forthcoming Strut Records vintage compilation ‘Alefa Madagascar’, brought in by special guest Quinton Scott from Strut Records! Darling’s Global Record Labels chapbook is available from Sampson-Low publishers https://sampsonlow.co/2019/07/08/darlings-global-record-labels-sophie-darling/

Quinton Scott
Also on AWIL this week virtuoso violinist JooYeon Sir at Resonance FM - Listen here: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-10th-july-2019/
Next week Hanitra at SOAS Radio and Samba Azul at Resonance FM.
10/7/19 - AWIL 308. #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud:   http://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/ A World In London – #thesoundofdiverselondon#connectingculturesthroughmusic - THIRTEEN YEARS! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: https://soasradio.org/  and AWIL at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays. https://www.resonancefm.com/  Production by #DJRitu, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com   https://www.facebook.com/DjRitu

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Chocolate Hills - A Pail of Air

Alex Paterson

Chocolate Hills
Alex Paterson
Paul Conboy

26th June 2019 - A World in London, London, UK

Alex Paterson from The Orb and Paul Conboy from Metamono, present their new combo project Chocolate Hills on this A World in London! 

If Chocolate Hills were edible, they would be rich creamy morsels of cocoa and praline with a melt in the middle centre. The kind you take time over whilst contemplating and retreating from the world into a dreamlike state of bliss. That’s how their music is, not rushed and not rushing anywhere. Just laid back and delectable to be savoured slowly.

In this AWIL interview with The Orb’s Dr. Alex Paterson and Metamono’s Paul Conboy, there was so much that got talked about that it’s hard to unpick it for a write up. But conversation flowed about their forthcoming tours which must include churches- the album launch was at Old St Pancras Church. ‘Just 6 dates should do it’ says Paul. Truthfully every show would be unique given the unplanned unpredictable and improvisational nature of how these guys work. Then there were anecdotes about how they met - over a mountain of pancakes cooked up by Paul in Bali. Whatever he’s cooking up relates to his relationship with analogue synths using real and fresh ingredients - only the best will do - while Alex holds on to his vinyl roots and realness. Sampling, looping, blending, mixing and creating - it’s all a natural experience and second nature for Alex and Paul. They spoke about the radio station they run in a local record shop where they can play nonstop music without any speech.
Paul Conboy
Alex casually mentions some of his long-time mates from the music industry - KLF, Andy Weatherall, and of course Killing Joke producer Youth who’s really more like a blood brother to him. Youth’s record label Painted Word is a true home for Chocolate Hills’ debut album in more ways than one. Ravensbourne School of Art graduate Alex designed the cover for ‘A Pail of Air’, and when I asked him about the evergreen appeal of ambient music since the 90s, he replies emphatically: ‘ethereal music that grabs you by the soul. And testicles’.
Catch these two legends, or ‘leg-ends’ as Alex humbly corrects me, together as Chocolate Hills on this AWIL, because these guys are the most delicious sound to come out of south London in years!

26/6/19 – AWIL 216. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-26th-june-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low. This week Aino Moonga at SOAS Radio, Radio and Youth, Violeta Vicci, and Toby Andersen atResonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here:https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com  

Monday, 24 June 2019

Luzmira Zerpa - Bright Star Electrica

A World in London, Borough, London, UK
19th June 2019

Lighting up the universe, superb singer and composer Luzmira Zerpa on this A World in London! Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-19th-june-2019/

You know that expression, ‘the light & soul of the party’? Well when Family Atlantica were on the scene their performance was exactly like one big party, with lead vocalist Luzmira Zerpa as its shining star. The group may be resting but its charismatic and vivacious Venezuelan co-founder Luzmira is still electric, focusing her creative rays into a solo album that promises an abundance of energy. Luzmira Electrica, as it’s called, sees this superwoman in a more introspective mood, ‘music is silence as well’, she says quite rightly. She’s working on a collection of traditional Amazonian songs that were taught to her by an adoring uncle, who inadvertently also taught her not to sing out of tune the way he did! These songs are rooted in the earth, and held up by the sky – unshakeable, natural, and organic – the same qualities reflected in Luzmira’s uniquely brilliant & powerful voice. Her lyrical content is that much more poignant in this shifting, changing world we often find ourselves in, and it’s like we’re now hearing from an artist that has had to grow up and face down numerous personal challenges which she candidly shares about in this very personal AWIL interview. Luzmira, which means ‘light’ was named by her beloved father who always believed in her outstanding talent. ‘Hope is born out of darkness’ she says, and when referring to her creative powers, she explains that ‘desire has its own intelligence’. Sample a sneak preview of Luzmira Electrica on this AWIL, and be swathed in the light of hope.

19/6/19 – AWIL 215. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-19th-june-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low. Also this week Juliana Yazbeck at SOAS Radio, click:https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-305-juliana-yazbeck/ Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Chocolate Hills (Alex Paterson – The Orb & Paul Conboy) at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com  

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

iskwē - A World in London


with Alex Mak

A World in London, Borough, London, UK
11th June 2019

Powerful and passionate singer songwriter iskwē was on #AWorldInLondon at Resonance 104.4fm with guitarist Alex Mak. Her soulful and revealing lyrics offer deep insights into the present lives & history of indigenous communities in Canada, telling stories that need to be told and very much heard. 

Alex Mak
iskwē is an Indigenous pop and electronic music singer from Canada, who received a Juno Award nomination for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018 for her second album The Fight Within. The name iskwē is one part of the artists' traditional Cree name, which was gifted to her through ceremony in 1998 and she prefers this moniker over the legal name she was given at birth, as it is a connection to her spirit and culture. Further to this, iskwē has adopted Standard Roman Orthography to write her name, removing the use of capitalization, because this is a common practice used by Cree academics to write the language.

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, iskwē has lived in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto, and now calls Hamilton, Ontario home. She released her debut album Iskwé in 2013.
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and break away from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of iskwē's artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album. Her debut single "Nobody Knows," produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
iskwē garnered a win at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year. She followed up with a number of singles before releasing The Fight Within in 2017. In 2018, she received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song "Healers".

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

RAKA - Blistering Balkans

Josh Middleton

Ben Pitt
Lori Secanska
Josh Middleton
Lucy Tasker
Austin Cooper
John Macnaughton
Tim Karp 

Blistering Balkan music with RAKA on A World In London at Resonance 104.4fm.
Hear Ben Pitt, Lori Secanska, Josh Middleton, Lucy Tasker, Austin Cooper, John Macnaughton, and Tim Karp ignite our studio with their uplifting repertoire derived from Bulgaria, Romania, and Macedonia! Plus songs by recent #AWIL guests Angie Paice and Jason Kwan Music! #London #globalmusic #worldmusic #Balkans #BalkanMusic #livemusic#music #radio #Raka #band #accordion #davul #tuba #clarinet #saxophone#viola #vocals Pics & production by Sophie Darling Norman Druker Alban Low #DJRitu

Austin Cooper
Austin Cooper - TUBA

Growing up in a house of seven in the fen lands of Norfolk, Austin was consigned to the string section in the interests of keeping the family peace. As soon as he hit the road to London he started honking on bigger and bigger things until gaining access to a dubiously acquired tuba through the hands of Josh Middleton. Cutting his bassline teeth with Yoshke and the Wolves, leading UK brass band BYOB, mainstay of dub reggae outfit General Skank and a few other pots on the boil, playing with Raka is the biggest test of his springy diaphragm.

Lucy Tasker
Lucy Tasker - CLARINET
Lucy started playing the clarinet from the age of 10 in Japan where she lived as a child. She has studied Balkan music and jazz in Belgium and London, and traditional Bulgarian folk under Bulgarian maestros in Plovdiv. She has toured playing festivals and venues across the UK and abroad.

Ben Pitt
Ben Pitt - VIOLA
Ben Pitt is a London based Viola and Gadulka player, with a dedication to East European folk music and particular interest and experience in Bulgarian folk music.  As a Graduate in Music at Sussex University, Ben’s professional training over the three years was at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Over the more recent years he has reiteratively traveled to Bulgaria to learn from masters of the style, Angle Dobrev from Zornitsa Orkestra and Atanas Slavov-Mravcho as well as study at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv.  As a performer Ben has  collaborated with many musicians form projects such as; Barcelona Gypsy Balkan Orchestra, Tantz, Bucimis, and Don Kipper. Ben has studied with Dzambo Agusevi Orkestar and has taught at the London Fiddle Convention. 

Josh Middelton - ACCORDION
Josh Middleton is an accordionist and composer specialising in Klezmer and East European Folk styles. He has been performing music professionally since the age of 14, graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a first class degree in Ethnomusicology, and has since been intensively studying both Klezmer and Bulgarian music, the latter at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv. Josh has worked with many Klezmer and Balkan music ensembles such as She’koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet, Tatcho Dorm, Raka and Don Kipper, has shared a stage with Klezmorim such as Frank London and Merlin Shepherd, taught at Klezfest London alongside Klezmer scholars such as Alan Bern and Joel Rubin, and recorded for artists as diverse as DJ Vadim and Kadialy Kouyate.
John Macnaughton
John Macnaughton - SAXOPHONE
Professional Saxophonist and Clarinettist specializing in the folk/world music scene in London. John studied on the prestigious BA Jazz course at Leeds College of Music (2010), and recently graduated from the MA Music Performance course at SOAS (2017) with distinction. Having played with many leading ensembles and musicians including, Guinean Griot; Mosi Conde, Nigerian Afrojazz band, 'Ayetoro', Afrofunk band 'Bronzehead', and Croatian Big Band 'Mimika', John has also worked in theatre(the London Bubble, Nick Cassenbaum, Viva Productions), and done various sessions for TV and film(Bleach Productions). Over recent years John has focused his energies on Klezmer and Balkan music. Having studied with leading musicians including Merlin Shepherd, Susie Evans, and Frank London.

Lori Secanska
Lori Secanska - VOCALS
Lori Secanska is an experienced vocalist, performer and a session singer, originally from Slovakia. She collaborated with many world music and experimental projects all over Europe, was a member of an international choir Apsora led by a Roma singer Ida Kelarova, a lead singer of a 40-piece ensemble London Gypsy Orchestra and recorded vocals for an award winning independent film 'Never let Go'. She performed at many international festivals and venues such as Pohoda Festival(Slovakia), Ealing Jazz Festival(UK), Union Chapel, Southbank Centre and St James Theatre(UK). Lori currently performs with a klezmer band Oysland and a balkan band Raka.

Tim Karp