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.



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.
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