Friday, 29 July 2016

Ruth McGinley - Calais Refugee Benefit Concert

Ruth McGinley
Gabriella Swallow - cello
Ruth McGinley - piano
Victoria Hamilton - voice

Date - 12th July 2016
Venue - The Forge, Camden, UK
Current Release - Reconnection (Lyte Records)

Part 5 of Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family gig in aid of the Calais Jungle Crisis.

Gabriella Swallow
The evening at The Forge, Camden directly benefitted Phone Credit For Refugees which is an organisation that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe. They give the gift of communication to people who are separated from family and friends, miles away from home and in very uncertain circumstances. £20 buys a month's internet and calls providing a lifeline to keep recipients safe and connected. For many unaccompanied children their phone credit is the only safety net they have. To date they have helped over 2500 displaced adults and children make contact with loved ones, stay up to date with news from home and even summon emergency life saving assistance.

Victoria Hamilton
A crescent play, the rounded face, the tear, a bite, a tongue on lips. A tragedy laid out upon a table, mise-en-scene of a narrative, book open, an implement for cutting, the ripped remains of a correspondence. Just this feels so strange, to read a letter in this age, but whether the reader has written these words or are simply seeing them for the first time is unclear. This is music of disappearances and escapes, long walks and distant lives. It is an apt sentiment.

AL.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Iyatra Quartet - Calais Refugee Benefit Concert

Alice Barron
Iyatra Quartet
Rich Phillips - cello
George Sleightholme - clarinets
Will Roberts - percussion (no sketch)
Alice Barron - violin


Rich Phillips
Date - 12th July 2016
Venue - The Forge, Camden, UK
Current Release - This World Alone

Part 4 of Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family gig in aid of the Calais Jungle Crisis.

The evening at The Forge, Camden directly benefitted Phone Credit For Refugees which is an organisation that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe. they give the gift of communication to people who are separated from family and friends, miles away from home and in very uncertain circumstances. £20 buys a month's internet and calls providing a lifeline to keep recipients safe and connected. For many unaccompanied children their phone credit is the only safety net they have. To date they have helped over 2500 displaced adults and children make contact with loved ones, stay up to date with news from home and even summon emergency life saving assistance.

George Sleightholme
Willow dancers entwine, growth and spurt. The soft jostle of animals as they rub and move, maintaining pecking orders and friendships without the shackles of verbal confirmation.
Duck waddle and dart, fish sweep. The gallop and the rolling journeys that cut through fields. Lost in the brambles, stuck and still.
Stopping. Listening to the trees high above. Bark and holler, the rebound from the forest as we hear the screams of wildness that aren't our own. Iyatra and the themes of nature are caught/free together.

AL.


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Graeme Flowers Quartet - Calais Refugee Benefit Concert

Graeme Flowers
Graeme Flowers Quartet
Graeme Flowers - trumpet
Louis Riccardi - guitar
Gareth Huw Davies - bass
Jarrod Pizzata - cajon

Jarrod Pizzata
Date - 12th July 2016
Venue - The Forge, Camden, UK
Current Release - The Samba Is Waiting / Nova Fronteira - Rhodes To Rio EP (Quantize Recordings 2016)

Part 3 of Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family gig in aid of the Calais Jungle Crisis.

The evening at The Forge, Camden directly benefitted Phone Credit For Refugees which is an organisation that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe. they give the gift of communication to people who are separated from family and friends, miles away from home and in very uncertain circumstances. £20 buys a month's internet and calls providing a lifeline to keep recipients safe and connected. For many unaccompanied children their phone credit is the only safety net they have. To date they have helped over 2500 displaced adults and children make contact with loved ones, stay up to date with news from home and even summon emergency life saving assistance.

Louis Riccardi
His music has sizzling omelette feet, greasy legs and a full wobbly belly. Giant men whose friction creates a perpetual machine of contact, reciprocation and repercussions.
A Circle that runs thick along its rim. Eels writhing in a bucket. Happiness is this burgeoning and full gift. The preciousness of being.
A Big Top flashes past in a vibrant blurred circus. Sweetshop washes with rich pastel and primary twists. An easiness that is a shorthand for being fulfilled and sated. Eyes open in delight, that delicious round white that maroons the iris as we lie on our individual contented islands.

AL.
(Apologies to Gareth Huw Davies, who I didn't have time to sketch)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Sally Silver - Calais Refugees Benefit Concert

Sally Silver
Sally Silver - soprano
Jeremy Silver - piano

Date - 12th July 2016
Venue - The Forge, Camden, UK
Current Release - SATANELLA (Released February 2016)

Part 2 of Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family gig in aid of the Calais Jungle Crisis.

Jeremy Silver
The evening at The Forge, Camden directly benefitted Phone Credit For Refugees which is an organisation that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe. they give the gift of communication to people who are separated from family and friends, miles away from home and in very uncertain circumstances. £20 buys a month's internet and calls providing a lifeline to keep recipients safe and connected. For many unaccompanied children their phone credit is the only safety net they have. To date they have helped over 2500 displaced adults and children make contact with loved ones, stay up to date with news from home and even summon emergency life saving assistance. 

Je'Taime 
Dreamtime. The space of flickering beauty that exists above the flames or the safety of a secret hollow, the nook of an arm or crook of the neck.

Le Yeux Clos
Small steps along the long wooden slats of a corridor, light pooling in those intersecting Vs where window spill their excesses. The wood is nicked in pale cuts as though a youth has marked the days he has loved or perhaps his conquests.

AL.







Monday, 25 July 2016

Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family - Calais Jungle Crisis (Part 1)

Gabriella Swallow

Note to reader - This was such a large sketching job that I have split the concert into 5 parts.
(Parts 2-5 will be published in due course)

Ian Shaw
Gabriella Swallow - cello
David Maric - piano
Rakhi Singh - violin
Bartoz Glowacki - accordion
Pedro Segundo - percussion
Sally Silver - soprano (Part 2)
Jeremy Silver - piano (Part 2)
Victoria Hamilton - voice (Part 5)
Zara Hudson-Kozdoj - cello
Graeme Flowers Quartet (Part 3)
Ian Shaw
Iyatra Quartet (Part 4)
Lore Lixenberg - mezzo soprano
Richard Thomas - piano
Ruth McGinley - piano (Part 5)
Judith Owen - voice (Part 5)
Mariam Ruestchi - viola

Judith Owen
I was unable to sketch the musicians below -
Will Roberts - percussion
Cerys Jones - violin
Liz Cooney - violin
Helena Smart - violin
Clifton Harrison - viola
Jonny Byers - cello
Rich Philips - cello

Date - 12th July 2016
Venue - The Forge, Camden, UK

David Maric

A diverse and eclectic cellist, Gabriella Swallow has emerged as one of the leading performers on the contemporary music and jazz scene. She is a member of singer/songwriter Judith Owen's band and in the Gwilym Simcock Quintet. On the 12th July she celebrated some of her most exciting musical collaborations in an evening of live music, covering all the genres she loves to play, with her very special 'urban family of musicians'. All of the proceeds of this event supported the Calais Jungle Crisis
The evening at The Forge, Camden directly benefitted the Phone Credit For Refugees And Displaced People charity. This group actively saves lives on a daily basis, by allowing individuals to request their top-up on their page, and they are able to have the all important life-line.... CONTACT with their families and each other.
   

Bartoz Glowacki
Donate by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/phonecreditforrefugees ...for UK tax payers click gift aid for 20% extra.  phone.credit.1@gmail.com for non UK tax payer.

A Message from Gabriella, "Please consider donating especially if you couldn't make the gig. This is essential to keep refugees in touch with their families and aid workers."

Rakhi Singh
Bulgarian Tunes (Maric/Singh/Glowacki/Segundo/Swallow)

Hay stack, back cracked as you are bridged over the straw. Head, blood rushing and toes to the sky. The festival beats around you as evening moves into night, the heat of the golden hay still warming from below. The burn of the earth vibrates in your body, a jumping bean. Revellers dance in flickering circles and you lie high above them in the dark. I am king of the world, king of the summer.

AL.






Richard Thomas





Lore Lixenberg


Mariam Ruestchi


Zara Hudson-Kozdoj



Pedro Segundo







Thursday, 30 June 2016

Jay Power - The Bedford

Jay Power
Jay Power - vocals
Mikey Chan - guitar
Jack Baker - drums

Jack Baker
Date - 22nd June 2016
Venue - The Bedford, Balham, London
Current release - The Missing,

Upcoming dates
01/07/2016 - The Albion, Hastings
02/07/2016 - The Blue Zucchini, Tetbury
06/07/2016 - The Brunswick, Brighton
08/07/2016 - Sisters of Blues & Soul Festival Todmorden


Jay Powers' latest album The Missing was released just last week (20/06/2016) as she embarks on a UK wide tour. Her live shows combine dashes of urban beats, hints of funk and splashes of neo soul.  As a finalist for South Australian Female Artist of the year (2015) Power’s reputation as an act to follow is well and truly justified.

Mikey Chan
There is muscle in this performance, a sweating twitching pump, you feel it deep within your limbs. Weight, shoulder, thick, pull, molar gripping, the loss of control and the eating of dirt. Electric fires spark in an urban bagatelle, car led, the sound bleeds into the concrete heat. This isn't for our daylight hours of tedium but for those pockets of defiant pleasure that swarm from the city's open windows and lodge in the recklessness of night.

AL.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Lauren April - Confetti Rises

Lauren April
Lauren April

Date - 16th June 2016
Venue - The Dublin Castle
Current release - Picture on the Wall

Upcoming dates
2nd July 2016 - Codnor Castle Inn, Amber Valley, UK
9th July 2016 - Afest, Allington, UK

Lauren April
Lauren April is a 20 year old country/pop singer/songwriter from Nottingham. She brings to the UK country music scene a new modern flair with her performances being fun and filled with energy, yet emotional and sensitive 
when needed. 

Shake the water filled globe and the confetti rises from the meadows and floats into the air. The currents cut through like gentle winds and the white of fine paper flowers are silhouetted against crisp sky blues. Unexpected yearning songs lie you back in the grass and high in the canopy above you the shape of leaves turn to teardrops.

AL.