Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Mike De Souza - Slow Burn at Heart



Mike De Souza
Mike De Souza - guitar
Huw V Williams - bass
Jay Davis - drums

16th November 2019
Jazz at Heart, Headingley, Leeds

Jay Davis
The Mike De Souza Trio features three of the most exciting and distinctive rising stars from the UK's vibrant jazz scene, guitarist Mike De Souza, drummer Jay Davis and bassist Huw V Williams. Jay and Mike first met as students at Leeds College of Music in 2009, but their musical alliance only began to take shape when they took their studies further on the Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music in 2012. Having released the 3-track EP ‘Road Fork’ in December 2018, the trio are now on tour around the UK to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Slow Burn’.

De Souza infuses sounds and themes inspired by alternative-rock bands such as Radiohead and Deerhoof, with the traditional Jazz-Guitar-Trio line-up, as established by jazz greats such as Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Huw V Williams
Since running their first jam session in February 2011, Jazz at Heart has run a year-round series of events which include gigs, workshops and jam sessions. Run by Lesley Jeffries and a small team of helpers, and based at the community-run HEART centre it has become an integral part of the Leeds jazz scene. https://www.heartcentre.org.uk/event/jazz-heart/all/

Next gig at Jazz at Heart is the Matt Anderson Quartet - 14th December 2019


Monday, 18 November 2019

EYOT - Real World Studios

Dejan Ilijić
EYOT
Dejan Ilijić – piano
Slađan Milenović – guitar
Miloš Vojvodić – drums
Marko Stojiljković – bass

11th November 2019
Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, UK

Slađan Milenović
Balkan ambient jazz quartet EYOT were back in the studio last week to record a new album under the guidance of producer Jim Barr (Get The Blessing / Portishead). This will be their fifth album after the successes of Horizon (2010), Drifters (2013), Similarity (2014) and Innate (2017).

Miloš Vojvodić
Under the leadership of pianist and composer Dejan Ilijić (brother of the free spirited experimental artist and performer Alen Ilijić) EYOT spent two days at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios before heading to a secret studio location to add the final brushstrokes to their new work. They finished off their week with a live performance at The Exchange in Bristol alongside Get The Blessing. Review here on B24/7.

Marko Stojiljković
The Serbian band from Nis are no strangers to UK shores after appearing at the Jazz Cafe, Camden in 2014. Yet it was a curious welcome party for the globetrotting musicians as they navigated the FA Cup fans of local football Chippenham Town before reaching the safety of Real World Studios a few miles away in Box. The first tune to be recorded was Savanna or Savannah and what followed was an epic journey over two days through another six compositions. EYOT's music has always referenced nature, an expansive sound with wide horizons and knotted woods to catch the mind. As Jim Barr, Olli Jacobs (sound engineer) and myself heard the first notes of this album take root we looked out onto the rampant autumnal colours in the garden beyond.

Jim Barr



Monday, 4 November 2019

Nadine Benjamin & Nicole Panizza - Emergence

Nadine Benjamin

Nadine Benjamin
Nicole Panizza

Listen here  https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-30th-october-2019/

It was a privilege to welcome back super soprano Nadine Benjamin and her partner-in-rhyme, pianist Nicole Panizza! Together, the pair have crafted a new album illuminating the works of nineteenth century American poet Emily Dickinson and it's a beaut! 'Emergence' is a complex album in many ways. Firstly because of its central muse, Emily Dickinson, and her own multifaceted, connected yet disconnected story of empathy with nature and humanity, yet latter years spent in solitude. Nicole and Nadine identify with Emily on many levels and applaud her as ‘a voice for what it means to be human.’ They describe their own reclusive periods required to enable the creative process, counterpointed with performances in front of huge audiences. Secondly, Emergence features a surrounding cast of five composers plus our two intrepid interpreters - Nadine and Nicole, not to mention studio engineers and various technical bods. A lot goes on behind the scenes in the making of most music and some of that is explained in this interview. Nadine and Nicole shed light on their process of releasing Emergence - raising funds, engaging sponsors and supporters, steering the PR campaign, but finding freedom and liberating self-determination along the way. As Nicole says, ‘The power of creating your dream.’

Nicole Panizza
The synchronicity between Nicole and Nadine is apparent, and since they formed a partnership two years ago, it's blossomed into Emergence Music. Nicole has the piano, her classical music credentials, plus a scholarly lust for in-depth research into her subject matter. Nadine has that rare & incredible voice  plus unique charisma that can shift mountains and hearts. She has no classical music training yet has forged a path into the upper echelons of the opera world from her council estate background. Whilst we were both working in Greece in September, I saw Nadine move people to tears with her singing, and witnessed her powerful voice fill the sky in a large open-air theatre, unamplified by a microphone. People relate to Nadine because 'she's one of us', bringing ‘opera to the masses’, and she affirms this by describing herself as a people's person.
Emergence is out now on Stone Records and Nadine & Nicole will be launching it at a concert near you soon, but meanwhile catch them on Dec 1st at Blackheath Halls at what they refer to as 'just a performance'. It'll be way more than that, and well worth emerging for at 11am on a Sunday morning!


Also on this show, tracks by Brazilian choro masters Alvorada Music & young Hackney soul-jazz band Kiki and the Tiger. Production & pics by Norman Druker, artist Alban Low, Sophie Darling, and DJ Ritu. Sound by Patrick Bernard and Resonance 104.4fm.
#London #globalmusic #livemusic #music #radio #djritu #Emergence #NadineBenjamin #NicolePanizza #singer #soprano #vocalist #pianist #piano #ClassicalMusic #poetry #poems #coach #mentor Karen Pitchford Women in Music #WomenInMusic #EqualisingMusic

Monday, 21 October 2019

IyatraQuartet - Break The Dawn

Will Roberts

Alice Barron
Will Roberts
Rich Phillips
George Sleightholme

Rich Phillips
Blown away by IyatraQuartet's orchestral vision for connecting the world! Hear an exclusive preview of their their forthcoming album, 'Break The Dawn', on this #AWorldInLondon. Band members Alice Barron, Will Roberts, Rich Phillips, and George Sleightholme have scored an absolute triumph!!?? Raags, Gregorian Chants, mantras, Cuban percussion, Syrian laments, and Classical music from east to west are all in their melting pot.


Alice Barron
See IyatraQuartet at Sofarsounds Hackney October 25th and launching their first single from the new album at Boulevard Soho November 3rd! Also on this #AWIL magical music by Seby Ntege & Band (see them at SOAS Concert Series Friday 18th October) and Reem Kelani (catch her on October 19th at Musicport Festival!
Production by Sophie Darling Norman Druker Alban Low #DJRitu & sound by Patrick Bernard & Sarah Nicol  #London #globalmusic #worldmusic #classicalmusic #livemusic #music #radio #IyatraQuartet Next week Brazilian choro masters Alvorada Music 6.30pm Resonance 104.4fm
George Sleightholme


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Georgia Mancio - Hang 2019

Georgia Mancio

Robert Mitchell (piano/poetry)
Shirley Smart (cello)
Rick Simpson (piano) 
Kim Macari (trumpet/spoken word)
Georgia Mancio (voice) 
Tom Cawley (piano)

9th October 2019

Kim Macari 
Storytelling, soul and compassion was at the beating heart of award-winning vocalist Georgia Mancio’s 3rd Hang this year at Pizza Express. She presented a collection of collaborations that illuminated the art of the lyrical, both in writing and music.

Shirley Smart
For an excellent insight into this year Hang please read Sebastian Scotney's review at https://londonjazznews.com/2019/10/10/where-we-once-belonged-georgia-mancios-2019-hang-at-pizza-express/

A group of multi-faceted artists shared stories, songs and music of their heritage, in reflection of and response to our current times. The night started with Rick Simpson alongside Kim Macari who wove spoken word with improvised solo trumpet in evocative soundscapes, exploring her roots as a Scottish woman. It brought a tearful response from the audience, with one well-known jazz promoter visibly shaken by the depth of feeling.

Robert Mitchell
Pianist/composer Robert Mitchell (True Think, Alicia Olatuja) presented a poetic response to the Windrush scandal in the pin-drop moment of the evening (himself a child of the Generation) with Shirley Smart on cello (Avishai Cohen, Yasmin Levy).

Tom Cawley
The night culminated with a beautiful set by vocalist Georgia Mancio (Alan Broadbent, Liane Carroll) as she leafed through her intriguing family scrapbook from Europe and beyond. With songs co-written with pianist Tom Cawley (Peter Gabriel, Catenaccio) it was an uplifting end to another successful Hang concert. 

Peter Freeman
A special note to the jazz community who came out in force to support Georgia Mancio. Across the tables at Pizza Express it was a Who's Who of the UK scene. Alongside the pubic and jazz musicians was jazz face and serial gig aficionado Peter Freeman.
Rick Simpson


Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Seby Ntege - Love, life, and loss

Lucas Keen

Seby Ntege
Diana Lwanga  
Ben Avison 
Lucas Keen

9th October 2019

Seby Ntege
and tickets for the concert 
here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soas-concert-series-seby-ntege-tickets-74738738579?fbclid=IwAR1pnpjITHbvS84uDCyizDKnU3HoQH3N8tdBGJAqlJy2nCm1zJp73Qz9kiY

The Soul of East Africa with Seby Ntege & Band on this A World in London! 
This Friday October 18th is the opening date for the new season of SOAS Concerts and Seby Ntege with his mighty multi-cult London band are ready to Rock The Campus! Seby’s superb debut album, Five Notes’, which came out last year, took the group on a star-studded journey as they toured from WOMAD to Seby’s hometown at the source of The Nile in Uganda. There’s a multitude of everything with Seby; his gifts and honesty as a songwriter, his prowess with six or more African folkloric instruments, and his dreamcoat palette of musical colours to paint from. This time round on AWIL, now that I was over the excitement  & rarity of even having a Ugandan artist in the studio, I was able to sit back and fully appreciate what a phenomenal and versatile vocalist he actually is. Ultra-skilled, soulful, and bearing the most delicious tones. When you marry up Seby’s vocals with Diana Lwanga’s gorgeous and gilted voice an awesome magic happens, enhanced by dexterous drummer Lucas Keen and Ben Avison on guitar, who do full justice to the multiplex of African rhythms and nuances. Together, Seby Ntege & band are an award-deserving team with a family vibe that gels them in harmony. The material they cover ranges from upbeat dance numbers like Maria Swahili to the poignant tribute song Memories, penned by Seby for his mother who sadly passed away three years ago in October. In this interview, Seby talks about writing from the heart and ‘speaking to everyone’. He does. A new album beckons but meanwhile see Seby Ntege & band in concert at Brunei Gallery SOAS London on Friday and prepare to be moved!! 
Diana Lwanga 

#AWIL 225 Production by Norman Druker Alban Low Sophie Darling & #DJRitu + Resonance 104.4fm & Patrick Bernard on sound. Songs by Seby Ntege & Band Reem Kelani The Scorpios
#London #globalmusic #worldmusic #livemusic #folkmusic #radio #SebyNtege #band #Uganda #Africa #UK #AfricanMusic #music #Luganda #Swahili #FiveNotes #musician #composer #singer #songwriter #BlackHistoryMonth Black History Month UK SOAS East Africa Society Pan African Music Calabash, The UK's African Music Guide Africa Centre Uganda Embassy(Uk) Bantu Club - A melhor balada do tatuapé

Ben Avison


Theo May's Odd Unit - Bull's Head Barnes

Theo May

Theo May: Violins, Composition & Bandleader
Gustavo Clayton-Marucci: Clarinets
Lukasz Niemancewicz: Piano
Ali Watson: Bass
Alex Temple-Heald: Drums

8th October 2019

Ali Watson
Theo May brought his Odd Unit to the legendary Jazz venue at the Bull's Head in Barnes. His Unit are a youthful variation on the Dirty Dozen, about half the size and certainly much cleaner. Playing the Lee Marvin role is Theo May, a firecracker of a violinist, who explodes in fits and bursts of excitement and zeal. His odd-ish unit pass wry smiles between themselves as their leader tilts his bow in a see-saw of musical gallops. Idiosyncratic and effervescent.

Gustavo Clayton-Marucci
Theo May’s original music for Odd Unit is rich weave of Jazz, Folk and Classical music – difficult to pigeon-hole into any one genre, but immediately recognisable and striking in its energy and originality. High octane and fiercely frenetic folk-like dances contrast with dark and mysterious soundscapes and painfully melancholic and lyrical pieces.


Alex Temple-Heald
Brought to life by a fantastic line-up of young players from the London Jazz scene, and led by Theo’s highly individual violin playing, this music is sure to excite and thrill listeners from all musical backgrounds. They have been played on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, and will release their first album next year.
Lukasz Niemancewicz