Monday, 15 January 2018

Ben Mandelson - Les Triaboliques

Ben Mandelson
Ben Mandelson
(Les Triaboliques)

Date - 10th January 2018
Venue - A World InLondon, Resonance FM, London, UK
Album - Rivermudtwilight (2009)

Future performance
January 19th 2018 - Rich Mix, London, UK

Ben Mandelson from Les Triaboliques on this A World in London!

Fabulous guitar trio, Les Triaboliques return to our capital’s live scene for a rare gig on January 19th at Rich Mix London. Justin Adams, Lu Edmonds, and Ben Mandelson are the sensational strummers in this cult band that formed in 2009, releasing their definitive, and only album, Rivermudtwilight to wide critical acclaim. On this AWIL, Ben Mandelson provides an insight into the careers of his comrades in lute, but also a reminder of his own staggering list of achievements spanning over 40 years in every aspect of the music industry. There’s been touring with Billy Bragg, Magazine, 3 Mustaphas 3, Yiddish Twist Orchestra, and the creation of pioneering label Globestyle Records. Ben excels in everything he does, whether it’s producing albums for Ladino goddess Yasmin Levy and Algerian piano legend Maurice El Médioni- Official, or co-founding the essential annual world music expo WOMEX, but, he’s a humble guy that doesn’t really ‘do’ social media, instead selflessly sharing his time & wisdom to empower other artists – I’m one of them. First & foremost though, Ben is a passionate musician, and it’s in Les Triaboliques that he is matched with equally virtuosic peers. 

10/1/18 – AWIL at Res 149 Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. Also this week Brickwork Lizards at SOAS Radio. Click: Next week James Patrick Gavin at Resonance. #HappyNewYear! #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4fm & 4pm SOAS Radio
#London #GlobalMusic #music #folkmusic #worldmusic #radio #guitar #saz #mandolin #trio #band #Rivermudtwilight

Friday, 12 January 2018

Richmond Rhythm Club - 2018 Winter Concert

Sara Dowling
Richmond Rhythm Club
Sara Dowling - voice
Amy Roberts - saxophone, flute
Richard Exall - saxophone, clarinet
Al Nicholls - saxophone
Dave Chamberlain - bass
Leon Greening - piano
Sebastiaan De Krom - drums

Date - 10th January 2018
Venue - Turk's Head, St Margarets, UK

Joe the Hat
The Richmond Rhythm Club meets on Tuesdays from 2-4pm, with drinks in the bar before and after. Based at The Twickenham Club, 7 Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NJ their schedule is full of fascinating speakers from the Jazz world. The booking of these personalities is largely due to the hard work of 'Joe the Hat', one of Twickenham's great treasures. Twice a year the Richmond Rhythm Club organises a concert that is much more about walking the walk rather than talking the talk. A hand picked group, representing the crème de la crème of the current scene, performs to a packed audience. The Winter Concert 2018 was a swinging affair with a hugely appreciative 120 listeners in attendance. The energy and fervour of the musicians rippled across the Winchester Room at the Turks Head, enthusing and captivating in equal measure.

Sebastiaan De Krom
RRC Schedule Winter 2018
16 Jan - Gary Wood – Trumpet, vocals
23 Jan - Sara Dowling – Vocals
30 Jan - Matt Home – Drums
6 Feb - Charles Alexander & Andy Robinson – Guitars
13 Feb - Gordon Campbell – Trombone
20 Feb - Allison Neale
27 Feb - Andy Dickens – Trumpet, vocals
6 Mar - Olly Wilby – Sax, clarinet
12 Mar Note: this is Monday - Colin Skinner – Sax, band leader, arranger
20 Mar - Walter Houser – Sax, raconteur​​
​3 Oct - Jeff Williams – drums 

Sara Dowling is a Singer/Songwriter currently living in London. Gifted with immensely emotional vocals her influences are wide and far reaching, reminiscent of jazz and  soul greats such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Candi Statton, but mixed with poetic lyrics and haunting melodies. Born in Oman to an Irish father and Arabic mother, she spent the early part of her life travelling through the middle east due to the nature of her fathers work. As a child she experienced great journeys through endless desert, in years to come this would provide much inspiration for poetry and lyrics.

Amy Roberts
Amy Roberts, from near Penzance, West Cornwall, is a multi award-winning flautist, clarinettist and saxophonist. Voted winner of the Miscellaneous Category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards, and the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011, Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout not only the UK but also abroad.

Richard Exall
Richard Exall studied clarinet at the Royal College of Music with international soloist Michael Collins. Self-taught on saxophone, he formed his own jazz quartet and big band while still at college and quickly became a familiar figure on the London jazz scene. Recently, Richard has worked with Kenny Ball and toured with American pianist Johnny Varro’s Swing Seven throughout Germany and Switzerland, and runs his own band “Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars” which is a favourite  at jazz clubs and festivals.
Al Nicholls
Al Nicholls is the product of a sound musical training, both academically through Leeds College of Music and practically via the bands of Ray Gelato, The Big Town Playboys, King Pleasure and many others bigger and smaller. Al is also the leader and musical driving force of London's renowned jump jive and good time swing band Blue Harlem. Al also plays regularly with the band of TJ Johnson and with fellow tenor saxophonist Jo Fooks.
Dave Chamberlain
Dave Chamberlain has been playing the double bass since the age of 16. He studied in London and Paris with Dominic Black, Simon Woolf and Pierre Boussaguet, the latter an alumnus of Ray Brown. From 2002 to 2008 he was the full-time bass player with Blue Note recording artist Stacey Kent. Current projects with which I'm involved include 100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes, the Graham Harvey Trio and the Back To Basie Orchestra.

Pianist Leon Greening's hard swinging style has made him a favourite on the jazz scene for over a decade, and makes no apologies for his adoration of the great bebop pianists, with Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons and Bud Powell among his primary influences.

Leon Greening
Sebastiaan De Krom graduated with distinction from Berklee College of Music and went on to study a Masters degree at New England Conservatory. In 1995 he won the prestigious Buddy Rich Award and from 1997 to 1999 was the drummer for the renowned Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Performance programme. Sebastiaan has performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock and John Scofield, and played regular sessions for Jamie Cullum from 2001 to 2008.

Friday, 22 December 2017

London Gypsy Orchestra - A World in London

Martin Weightman
London Gypsy Orchestra
Seppi - percussion
Norman Druker - bass
Aggie Branner - fiddle, vocals
Stephen Simblet - mandolin
Marc Craste - guitar
Cathy Taylor - flute
Andrew Ryser Szymański - pocket trumpet
Martin Weightman - accordion
Sarah Montague - fiddle, vocals

Aggie Branner
Date - 20th December 2017
Venue - AWorld In London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Album - Gankino Goes To HoraWood (2017)

Andrew Ryser Szymański
The magnificent London Gypsy Orchestra on this festive A World in London!
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Sarah Montague
Our Chanukah & Christmas special was lifted into outer-orbit by Balkanesque big band, the London Gypsy Orchestra! Nine members of this charity-based outfit squeezed themselves into our studio, along with their fine array of instruments ranging from a pocket trumpet to a mother-of-pearl inlaid accordion. Linguistic chameleons Sarah Montague and Agnes Branner led a bold & brassy vocal trek across Eastern Europe taking in gypsy classics from Hungary to Macedonia including a marvellous cover of Esma Redzepova’s ‘Caje Sukarije’. LGO has been on the road since 2005 when it was first founded by Magic Violin’s Gundula Gruen, and they’re still one of the most exciting and vibrant groups in our capital.

Norman Druker
20/12/17 – AWIL at Res 148  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. Also this week Marina Deligianni & Sofia Pechlivani at SOAS. Click:  Happy holidays and speak again on January 10th! #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio

Cathy Taylor
The London Gypsy Orchestra brings together 20 musicians of all backgrounds and nationalities to perform vibrant, passionate and energetic music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The group performs in a variety of venues and formats - from evening gala concerts to theatre venues and festival appearances. Venues have included the Union Chapel, St George's Bristol and Carling Academy Oxford, and festivals have included the Pulse Festival on the South Bank, Dorchester Arts Festival, Rhythms of the World, the London International Gypsy Film Festival and the Ealing Jazz Festival.
Marc Craste
The orchestra also organises interactive community events, educational activities and workshops, such as the Gypsy Exchange project funded by Awards for All, and an annual all-day event at Cecil Sharp House. The LGO is a registered charity, and through its performances, projects and outreach events, aims to inspire and educate the community in the magic of Gypsy music and culture.

Stephen Simblet
Their charitable aims are:
1. To advance, improve, develop and maintain public education and appreciation in music, arts and culture, particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to Gypsy and folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
2. To advance public education in music and musical skills and to inspire participation in and appreciation of the art of music.
3. To advance public education in the arts and musical traditions of different cultures.
4. To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit, in particular by:
  a) providing or supporting music and creative arts projects which foster integration and skill sharing between people from diverse backgrounds;
  b) educating the public about different peoples and cultures, especially through music and arts, to increase awareness and understanding.


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

ALL at Guest Projects: Five Years Fundraiser

Luca Natali Stradivari

Robert Good
Richard Allen
Al Coffey and friends
Lord Puffin
Luca Natali Stradivari
Lizz Brady
Kato Catling
Kenji Lim

Date - 14th December 2017
Venue - Guest Projects, London E8 4QL, UK

Next exhibition - PLACE: Relinking, Relating, Relaying at The Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge and elsewhere, 25 January – 17 February 2018

Robert Good

Robert Good brought the Art Language Location roadshow to the shores of Regents Canal in Shoreditch last week. After five years of running the innovative ALL festival in Cambridge it was an opportunity for a London art audience to see what he has achieved so far. It was a mere taste of what Art Language Location represents, despite the night lacking the all important locations (Cambridge) visitors to the exhibition/party were treated to a 45 minute set of live performances. 

Lord Puffin

Robert Good introduced the exhibition, which also doubled as a fundraiser (make a donation HERE). Matthew Wilson’s helium balloons floated centre stage, hanging above the performers like a Puff of Damocles. Cocktails and mulled wine tempted people to the wicked corners of the Guest Project space. Rosanna Greaves' compilation of ALL short videos lit up a wall alongside Amelia Critchlow's beautiful installation. There was a table-top sale and silent auction which helped raise more than £800 for the cause. Music was provided by Lord Puffin.

Al Coffey and friends
The performances were led by Richard Allen, who punctuated the intervals with his witty conceptual rhymes. Al Coffey and friends presented their clever on-the-move observations on Art, mixing the spirit of youth with a cerebral twist. Kenji Lim took us on a 'journey' of words. An old hand in the Art Language Location game, Lim was named the winner of the Art Language Location award in 2015 and his artwork 'Daughters' was displayed on the Anglia Ruskin University campus during the festival. 

Kato Catling
Kato Catling presented an intriguing poetic work as well as some vibrant postcards in the table-top sale. The longest and most hypnotic performance of the night came from Luca Natali Stradivari. His one man re-enactment exposed the story of a man slowly losing his mind. If any piece challenged the idea of Art Language Location then this was it. The Art wasn't of the clinical gallery kind, the Language was conveyed with hands and grunts, while the Location was unmistakeably Shoreditch but also embedded within the audience's imagination.

Luca Natali Stradivari
Art Language Location is a not-for-profit, collaborative organisation run by artists based in Cambridge UK. Their aim is to support artists and projects to bring innovative, exciting and experimental text-based art to unusual and interesting locations across Cambridge and beyond. ALL began with Text&Context in October 2012 and took the format of an art festival and symposium in Cambridge until 2016, featuring and connecting more than 150 artists with over 80 different locations through a series of exhibitions, festivals and one-off events.ALL is being reorganised during 2017 to move away from a festival approach and refocus on a range of Projects and collaborations.

Kenji Lim
Their next exhibition is PLACE: Relinking, Relating, Relaying (January 2018) exploring ideas of locality, identity and displacement. In the current climate of uncertainty, we will bring important and timely new perspectives and discourses to Cambridge, showing how art can cross borders to create new narratives and new connections.
Lizz Brady from Broken Grey Wires
Broken Grey Wires is a contemporary art organisation responding to and exploring mental health, philosophy, psychology and everything in between. They work closely with the community, critically acclaimed artists and major institutions, to open up a dialogue and provide inspiration and opportunities for people with mental health difficulties. Renowned psychiatrist R.D Laing proclaimed that “Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.” This concept follows the ethos for Broken Grey Wires, creating a space for people to feel comfortable and participate in the project, for art to become a facilitator for recovery, and for Broken Grey Wires to encourage people to make something special for themselves.

Richard Allen

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Sound of Blue Note - Riverside Arts Jazz

Paul Jordanous
Sound of Blue Note
Jac Jones - saxophone
Paul Jordanous - trumpet
Terence Collie - piano
Dave Jones - bass
Matthew Skeaping - drums

Date - 10th December 2017
Venue - Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames, UK

Matthew Skeaping

Future Mood Indigo events
07 Riverside Arts Jazz - Jim Mullen
19 Posk - Featuring Duncan Eagles - saxophone, Becky Morse – vocals

04 Riverside Arts Jazz - The Music of Michael Garrick
04 Riverside Arts Jazz - "Smokin’ At the Half Note" feat. Nigel Price
15 Riverside Arts Jazz - Jo Harrop "Anita O’Day - The Verve Years"

The last Riverside Arts Jazz concert of 2018 defied the sleet and snow to present a warm and sweet night of Jazz. Buoyed by mulled wine and mince pies the packed audience were completed absorbed by a repertoire of tunes prised from the Blue Note vaults. Eschewing the usual Blue Note fayre, they presented a plate of light and delicious amuse-bouche rather than the greedy gorging of a 30lb 'hard bop' turkey.

Dave Jones
Despite the presence of Paul Jordanous, who had jetted in after recently touring with Rag'n'Bone Man, this wasn't a night for showboating nor headliners. It was a performance of balance and poise. The rich warmth that spread through the body wasn't just the Riverside Arts' efficient heating system but a familiarity with the music, the musicians themselves, and a genuine sense of community. Generously fostered by Terence Collie and Janet McCunn.

Jac Jones
Historically, Blue Note has principally been associated with the "hard bop" style of jazz. Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Grant Green, Hank Mobley, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson and Jackie McLean were among the label's leading artists. Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, Francis Wolff and Max Margulis it continues to be influential to jazz musicians today. Not only does the music live on but also the design, photography and graphic art that helped sell albums throughout the world.

Terence Collie
Terrence Collie has been playing music since he was 10 years old. He is mainly self taught, learning tunes by ear playing along with the record and learning to improvise. He has done formal studies with the Open University and Berklee and has been lucky enough to play with a whole host of musicians over the years in many different genres from rock, soul, funk, blues, reggae, latin to swing. He is currently running and hosting many jazz nights in south west London and playing regularly at some of the best jazz venues in the South of England, both with his own group Prison Break or as a sideman with others. He is also the co-founder of the successful TW12Jazz Festival. He is going to record a trio album in January 2018.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Tell Tale Tusk - Fabulous and Fabled

Anna Lowenstein
Tell Tale Tusk
Fiona Fey - vocals/guitar
Laura Inskip - vocals/guitar
Rey Yusuf - vocals/ Percussion
Anna Lowenstein - fiddle

Date - 6th December 2017
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Album - Through the Morning (2017)

Rey Yusuf
Future performance

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8pm - Quartet EP Launch @ Balabam, London, UK

Fantastic folk ensemble Tell Tale Tusk return to A World in London!
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Laura Inskip
A year ago the most wonderful female folk quartet bounded into our studio bringing light, love, and laughter on a day when the entire world had been Donald Trumped into gloom. This time round our encounter with Tell Tale Tusk was equally fulfilling as they paraded their debut EP filled with succulent & award-winning 3-part harmonies topped with fiddle and bottomed with tabor drum. Music doesn’t get any better than this - when it’s blended through such exquisite voices, reimagined folk fables, plus original compositions by four ultra-skilled mistresses of melody & verse. Tell Tale Tusk launch their debut EP  Through the Morning’ on Wednesday 13th December at Balabam - hear exclusive & brilliant live extracts first on this AWIL!

Fiona Fey
6/12/17 – AWIL at Res 146  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling & sketches by artist Alban Low. Also this week Michael Bristow at SOAS Radio:  Next week Akari Mochizuki @ Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Anna Lowenstein

Monday, 27 November 2017

Eyebrow - Strata (Album art)

Album art inspiration
Eyebrow - Strata (2017)

Paul Wigens - drums, percussion, violin, bowed guitar
Pete Judge - trumpet, electronics

Images by Paul Wigens
Design by Jake McMurchie

Eyebrow are a trumpet and drums duo based in Bristol, UK. Formed in 2009, their music evolves out of improvisations which are reassembled into structured pieces with unexpectedly cinematic sweeps, like a journey through a slowly-changing landscape. The band’s 5th album, Strata, was released last month (October 2017).

The new album from the Bristolian duo Eyebrow was destined to be called Deep Time, a concept that is rooted in the work of  Scottish geologist, physician, naturalist and experimental agriculturalist James Hutton (1726-1797). It was his belief that the Earth was perpetually being formed, through a process of rock erosion, sedimentation and formation. The idea that the Earth is alive was first scientifically discussed by Hutton, he anticipated the Gaia hypothesis proposed by James Lovelock in the 1960s. This theory proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on our planet.

Paul Wigens
Unfortunately Eyebrow had to find a new title for their imminent CD release when Harrison Birtwistle premiered a new orchestral work titled Deep Time in June 2017. Yet the themes and metaphors of Deep Time (Erosion, Formation, Synergy and Gaia) still embed themselves in Eyebrow's 5th album Strata

Paul Wigens created the album cover artwork, he explains more about its creation,
"The original images were of sunlight through curtains and slatted blinds which created the abstract wavy lines. The images were created in the Brushes app on my phone and enlarged and enhanced in Photoshop. I used my finger to 'paint' over the pictures. Great fun!"

Pete Judge
To the viewer the album cover contains many stories, flowing far away from its sunshine origins. The purists see an anticline, a geological formation of folded rock strata. The more simple interpretation is as plain as black and white, two distinct personalities, Judge and Wigens. The lines don't sit beside each other in perfect definition though, they ebb and blur, moving as the eye scans over them. Symbolic perhaps of Eyebrow, whose music seeps and bleeds between genres, travelling towards new music landscapes that have yet to be defined.

Read an excellent review of Strata at The Jazzmann.

All Eyebrow’s albums are available to download at: