Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Gillies - A World in London

Mark 'Gilly' Evans
Susan Turner
Mark 'Gilly' Evans

6th February 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Worries Fold Up Their Wings with The Gillies on this A World in London! 
Acoustic Americana duo, The Gillies, nipped over to our studio en route to their gig in Blackheath, which by all accounts went rather well. It’s a sure bet that the audience down the road from us were equally impressed by what this amazing husband and wife team can do with a pair of guitars and Susan’s gorgeous, warm & unique voice. When you hear it, together with some beautiful finger-picking harmonies, your cares float away and the world seems just that little bit brighter. Behind the effortless, easy-listening sound conjured up by Susan & Gilly, there’s actually much hard work that goes into their songs. Their self-perception is still of themselves as art students and not professional musicians, so they strive, texture, multi-layer, and keep returning to each piece of work until it’s coloured and crafted exactly to sound carefree and ‘natural’. There’s a refreshing honesty and unpretentious approach to everything that they do, and this, plus the special chemistry only romantic couples share on stage is infused into their music-making with clever wordplay and harmonies of the sweetest kind. A third album is being processed by Gillies right now and it'll be dedicated to London, their adopted home after Norfolk, but meanwhile find their excellent other CDs now, and get yourself a whole heap of outstanding songwriting on Back Porch Recordings – ‘Worries Fold Up Their Wings’ and ‘No Hiding Place’. www.thegilliesmusic.com
Susan Turner
Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week author/singer Vivi Lachs at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-287-vivi-lachs/ Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Amira Kheir at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli…
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Rad Orchestra - A World in London

Max André Rademacher

Amy Jane Hosken: Viola
Louise Gibbens: Violin
James Gavin: Violin, Mandolin , Guitar
Max André Rademacher: Vocals, Guitar, Ngoni

The Rad Orchestra joined us this week's at A World In London on Resonance 104.4fm. With two violins, viola, guitar and n'goni they treated us to a unique live set, combining harmonies, driving riffs and rhythms. They call their music “hypnotic tunes with strings” I'll add “folk soul”.

Amy Jane Hosken
Hear their studio session and interview with Norman Druker (sitting in for DJ Ritu): https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-23rd-january-2019/
James Gavin
The Rad Orchestra sing and play hypnotic tunes on guitar, ngoni, viola, violin, fiddle, bass and percussion. They take inspiration from time- honoured song writers,  minimalism, global Folk, Blues & Soul.  Amy Jane Hosken: Viola / Louise Gibbens: Violin / James Gavin: Violin, Mandolin , Guitar / Paul Greenstein: Guitar (via Australia) / Duncan Noble: Bass /Max André Rademacher: Vocals, Guitar, Ngoni / Renu: Percussion / Lawrence Hill: Percussion / Richie Stevens: Drums.

Toussaint. The ochestra 

Louise Gibbens

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Native Sun - A Friday Tonic

Mohammed Yahya
Native Sun
Mohammed Yahya
Sarina Leah

11th January 2019
The Friday Tonic, Southbank, London, UK

Native Sun are a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique , South East Africa and singer-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. Joining forces in 2010 Native Sun was born fusing Hip Hop and African rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive message of Universal Peace, Equality, Social Justice and Environmental Change.

Both artists over the years have received a great deal of publicity through collaborations on a variety of compilation CDs, Albums, International Tours across Europe, Africa and U.S, features of on a wide range of publications as well as TV appearances from UK based TV Channels such as BBC and ITV to Channels across Europe. Now together, Native Sun's sweet melodies fuse addictive head bouncing Hip Hop undertones, conscious bilingual lyrics and catchy hooks perfect for a climate in need of an uplifting message.

Sarina Leah
The Friday Tonic series showcases performances from emerging artists in London and around the world. Presenting an eclectic mix of jazz, world, folk and classical music (and with a bit of spoken word thrown in for good measure), these early evening shows are designed to introduce you to sounds you might not have heard before, all for free.

Nadine Benjamin - A World in London

Nadine Benjamin

9th January 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

A higher voice – superb soprano Nadine Benjamin on this A World in London! 

Nadine Benjamin’s New Year has begun with a flying start as she performs in Tosca at St James Church, Piccadilly on January 18th, before playing Musetta in La Boheme with the ENO in February! As if two mammoth lead opera roles in less than a month were not enough, Nadine is also the producer of Everybody Can’s version of Tosca, boasting a cast & crew of fellow stars, and swapping Puccini’s Rome setting for London. Conversely, in real life, Brixton-born Nadine graces stages in Italy (and globally) with her magnificent voice and boundless charisma. As one of the most gifted lyric sopranos in the world, her January diary is simply a snapshot of her annual schedule, befitting an ultra-talented artist with a voracious capacity for life, and that lives/breathes/sleeps opera. Throughout her conversation with us on AWIL and in everything she does, Nadine’s passion for her craft, and infinite skill as a communicator – with or without song – shines powerfully. Whether she sings, or speaks, she moves people, and can make anyone fall in love with opera. Each second of her every day is filled with an action for good & for growth, egging herself on and inspiring others because her gifts are to be shared. Carpe Diem comes to mind when you consider the massive range of projects Nadine’s been involved in since October – Women of Windrush instigated by composer Shirley Thompson OBE, her own debut album of opera solos called ‘Love & Prayer’, as well as performing in La Boheme, running her mentoring organisation Everybody Can, crowdfunding & producing Tosca, not to mention rehearsals, role prep and memorising lyrics. Phew! But it’s not just Nadine’s whirlwind of activity & achievements that strike you, but her authenticity and heartfelt trailblazing. As a woman of colour in the opera world she’s a rarity, and entering it was not an everyday choice, so there are challenges, new paths to be forged, and bolted doors to be knocked down. Not Everybody Can, only the bold and brave can do this, and only the very best voices. Nadine Benjamin has that voice. Hear her at St. James Piccadilly in London on January 18th! More about Nadine: https://nadinebenjamin.com/soprano-bio/

9/12/19 – AWIL 192 Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/…/a-world-in-london-9th-january-2…/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week New Music for the New Year at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SO…/awil-283-new-year-global-music/ Next week Jenny Bliss Trio & Arsen Petrosyan at SOAS Radio and Amaraterra at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli…
#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 http://www.djritu.com
#London #globalmusic #worldmusic #folkmusic #livemusic #classicalmusic #music #radio #opera #singer #soprano #producer #trailblazer #changemaker #mentor #coach #NadineBenjamin #womeninmusic #behindeverygreatcity English National Opera Concerts at St James's Church, Piccadilly Opera Classical (music) Opéra Magazine Women in Music

Monday, 24 December 2018

Art Themen - Riverside Arts Jazz

Art Themen

Art Themen - saxophones
Terence Collie - piano
Stuart Barker - bass
Rha Stranges - drums

23rd December 2018
Riverside Arts Jazz, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5QF

Terence Collie topped a fantastic year for his team at Mood Indigo and Riverside Arts Jazz with a night of glowing embers and perpetual fire from Art Themen. A legend on the UK Jazz scene it seems Themen's energy and verve show no signs of losing their spark, even on such a cold and inclement night as this. Mince pies and mulled wine only added to the half-time ambience, and it is always a welcoming room for any jazz fan. As someone who enjoys the movement and theatre as much as the sound of jazz, it is a pleasure to see the band lit with sensitivity and with an eye for the dramatic.

Stuart Barker
Riverside Arts Jazz is a monthly night fronted by pianist Terence Collie and vocalist Janet McCunn. It is but one jewel in the crown of Collie and McCunn's Mood Indigo empire, and is appreciated throughout West London, Surrey and beyond. Their repertoire includes the music of top international musicians alongside some of the finest players on the UK scene. They have just launched a new Central London jazz satellite at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo.

Terence Collie
Terrence Collie has been playing music since he was 10 years old. He has done his formal studies with the Open University and Berklee and has been lucky enough to play with a whole host of musicians over the years (Bobby Wellins, Gilad Atzmon, Dave O'Higgins, Simon Allen, Mornington Lockett, Roberto Manzin, Nigel Hitchcock, Brandon Allen, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Duncan Eagles, Art Themen, Phil Meadows, Tony Woods, Allison Neale, Graeme Flowers, Quentin Collins, Gabriel Garrick, Mark Nightingale, Gareth Lockrane, Jim Mullen, Nigel Price, Femi Temowo, Jo Harrop, Aisling Iris, Sarah Dowling, Noemi Nuti and Anita Wardell). He released his fourth album TC3+ in March 2018.
Rha Stranges

Howard Blake - The Snowman Cometh

Howard Blake

19th December 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Walking In the Air with legendary composer Howard Blake OBE on this A World in London! 
Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-19th-december-2018/

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without The Snowman, and sure enough when I darted into Sainsbury’s with AWIL producer Sophie Darling just before this week’s show, his smiling face was on the front cover of the Radio Times. Later in the studio I asked Sophie when The Snowman will be on TV, and her prompt reply was ‘when isn’t it on TV?!’. The Snowman’s enduring popularity has stretched beyond three decades now and it’s Howard Blake’s aural interpretation of Raymond Brigg’s 1978 book that has sealed it’s place in popular culture. But Howard is no one-hit wonder guy – you’ll know his music from films like A Month in the Country, The Duellists (his personal favourite), as well as collaborative works with pop idols like David Bowie for The Hunger and Queen for Flash Gordon. From big & small screen to classical works, Howard Blake is omnipresent in the soundtrack to our lives, and began his career as a session musician at Abbey Road Studios, playing piano for Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Cilla Black. His passion for cinema and gift for creating glorious & epic compositions is perennial, and now in his 80th year, Howard remains as vibrant as ever, conducting The Snowman at The Royal Albert Hall today, and as a ‘jobbing musician’, about to embark on his first viola concerto commission. Howard says ‘’Music is the mathematics of emotion'’, and in each of his score sheets all the numbers add up into genius mood-swinging equations. As for The Snowman, a wordless book that was given the musical & lyrical kiss of life by Howard back in 1982, catch the stage version at The Peacock Theatre till New Year’s Eve! 

19/12/18 – AWIL 191  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-19th-december-2018/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. 

Have a magical festive season & we’ll speak again on JANUARY 9th! Look out for the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 – Top 50 global CDs handpicked by [http://#AWorldinLondon – #TheSoundofDiverseLondon 

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.