Monday, 17 April 2017

Chico Chica - Witty Jazz-Pop at AWIL

Barbara Snow

Chico Chica
Hilary Cameron - voice/piano
Tom Hannah - voice/guitar
Barbara Snow - voice/trumpet/percussion

Date - 12th April 2017
Venue - A World in London, SOAS, London, UK

Current releases

Falling, Falling (2017)

Future Performance
19th April 2017 - The Pheasantry, Kings Road, Chelsea

Tom Hannah
This Bank Holiday treat your ears to a multiplex of songs & spoken word wrapped around Salsa, Samba, Tango and Rai by London 5-piece Chico Chica! This witty, worldy wordy collective dazzled us on A World in London with their bumper-packed treasure chest of new goodies from their forthcoming album ‘Falling Falling’!

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Hilary Cameron
AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Apr 15 She'koyokh @ Beans & Barley, Apr 19 Chico Chica @ Pizza Express Kings Road ChelseaThe Pheasantry, Apr 21 Olcay Bayir Offical & Djanan Turan @ Epic Dalston, Apr 21+22 Bubble Schmeisis @ Battersea Arts, Apr 22 NAMLO @ St Ethelburga’s Listen to the World, Apr 23 Amizade at Pizza Express Jazz Club 23.04.17, Apr 28 Don Kipper @ Stour Space, Apr 28 Hura Nights with Djanan Turan & Special Guests @ the Library, Apr 29 Don Kipper Trio @ The Stable, Whitechapel, Apr 29 Oysland @ Jamboree, Apr 29 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ The Alice Bar. APR 18 – 29 La Linea - The London Latin Music Festival @ various ...more at

AWIL visitor Jess Low

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Give a Gig Week - Youth Music Charity & Tourino Records

Florence Glen
Tourino Records
Florence Glen
Jahi the poet

Date - 31st March 2017
Venue - The Pocket Watch, Shepherd's Bush, UK

Current releases

Florence Glen - Spread Them Eggs
Tourino Records - "Barrington Way" by Politburo (March 18, 2017)                                                                                                           

Future Performance 2017
Florence Glen
10th April. Blue Monday @ Boogaloo, Highgate, London
14th April. Sofar Sounds @ London - secret location!
16th April. @ Wendell Park Farmer's market  

Jahi the Poet
A evening of conversation, poetry and acoustic music at The Pocket Watch in Shepherd's Bush, London, UK in aid of the Youth Music Charity. On the final day of Give A Gig A Week an embrace of beautiful West London people gathered to share music and spoken word as the populace boozed themselves into the weekend. Rather than battle the background chatter from the bar Florence Glen slowly brought the audience closer in a conspiratorial huddle, gathering us like the selected few. We swam against the tide, a shoal of glittering minds eagerly listening to the wash of Glen's music. In contrast the audience leaned back for Jahi The Poet's performance, he was a wave, a personality and talent of some force.

Emily Somerville
Give a Gig Week is a nationwide extravaganza of live music and fundraising. Hundreds of gigs of all shapes and sizes took place during 24-31 March 2017. Give a Gig Week is an initiative to raise funds for Youth Music. They are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Kihaya Blues & the Southern Cone Quintet

Kyazi Lugangira
Kihaya Blues / Kyazi Lugangira
Southern Cone Quintet / Claude Werner & James Kitchman

Date - 22nd March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Future Performance
25th March 2017 - Rich Mix, London - Kihaya Blues Band plus Zimbabwe’s Farai & The Forest Dawn.
25th March 2017 - St. Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, London - Southern Cone Quintet
26th March 2017 - Clapham Omnibus - Southern Cone Quintet

Claude Werner - Southern Cone Quintet
The Sound of Afro Soul by Kihaya Blues on this A World In London! Click:

On the day we most needed some musical healing in London Town it arrived fortuitously in the form of Kyazi Lugangira, creator of Kihaya Blues Band. Kyazi sings of love and unity with global vision, through a rich, engaging voice powerful enough to soothe a thousand souls, and silence the constant stream of sirens we heard as the Emergency Services raced past our London Bridge studio to Westminster. Kyazi’s compositions emanate from his chosen instrument, guitar, which he only took up at the age of 27, leading him astray from a promising and lucrative career as a barrister. It’s career change that has been fully supported by his family in Tanzania upon realising the full extent of his talent and passion for music, his mother in fact, pointing out the potential of their melodic local language, Kihaya, as a natural catalyst for his songs. March 22nd, 2017 will be remembered as the day when tragedy came back to our capital city and some people never returned home to their loved ones. At AWIL, we will also remember it as the day when Kyazi’s Afro SOUL fed ours.
James Kitchman - Southern Cone Quintet
22/3/17 – AWIL at Res 119  Online:  Sketches by Alban Low. Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker. Words by Sophie Darling & Ritu. Also this week, global music at SOAS Radio! Next week Don Kipper @ Resonance & fresh global CDs at SOAS.

#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 
#WestminsterAttack #WeStandTogether

Thursday, 23 March 2017

JD Kelleher - Intoxicating Magnetism

JD Kelleher

Date - 17th March 2017
Venue - Dublin Castle, Camden, London, UK
Current release  - Avenge The Maybes

Future Performance 2017
6th April 2017 - Wolverhampton, The Robin 2 (Supporting Bernie Tormé)
7th April 2017 - London, The Borderline (Supporting Bernie Tormé)
8th April 2017 - Brighton, The Prince Albert (Supporting Bernie Tormé)

The King of the Cuissardes, JD Kelleher, romped the Dublin Castle into a writhing pit of sweaty bodies and leather glory on St Patrick's Day in Camden this year. Outside overgrown men bumped into one another in a drunken bagatelle but inside his lair Kelleher mixed passion and charisma to create an intoxicating brand of animal magnetism that drew everyone toward his bare-chested embrace.

Matt Lackford
Following his triumphant occupancy of the coveted No. 1 spot at the heights of the Irish Rock Chart with his debut single “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, along with his second single “Imagery” reaching No. 2 in the Irish Rock charts, JD Kelleher thrusts himself back to familiar territory at the top of the (Rock) pile with his most exciting release to date; “Avenge The Maybes”.

Jason Santos
“Avenge The Maybes”, out now, is soaked in classic JD Kelleher swagger and defiance. Kelleher draws upon his rage, humour and character to deliver a truly powerful performance that strikes a unique chord with his audience across all platforms of performance.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Let Drum Beat - Afro-Brazilian Rhythms Pulse

Alba Cabral 

Let Drum Beat
Tuca Milan
Bea Shantifa
Marta Riccardi
Alba Cabral 

Date - 15th March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - Launching EP soon! Original Afro Brazilian composition in Indigenous Tupi Guarani words

Bea Shantifa
Future Performance 2017
5th May 2017 - The Southbank Centre, London

Let Drum Beat on this A World In London! 
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Tuca Milan
We extended International Women’s Day into a Week by filling the Resonance FM studio with inspirational women yet again! Tuca Milan, Bea Shantifa, Marta Riccardi, and Alba Cabral brought their fabulous, ferocious, feel-good vibes onto this AWIL in the form of LET DRUM BEAT! The band members have all just returned from restorative trips to their countries of origin  - Brazil, Italy, and Benin - refreshed and infused with new musical vigour. Their connection to home abroad and home in London is processed magnificently through their compositions, encompassing Afro-Brazilian percussion and dynamic rhythms, counterpointed with soft vocal harmonies. Their songs are sung in Portuguese, as well as  the ‘lost’ language Tupi-Guarani, reviving the culture of indigenous tribes almost wiped out by years of colonization in Brazil. Let Drum Beat’s arsenal of amazing instruments tantalises another voyage of discovery through the arched bow of berimbau, kalimba thumb-piano, and an array of beads & goats nails(!) sounding like water-drops. With their mastery, or miss-tery, of these instruments, unique global vision, and Amazonian energy, Let Drum Beat collect & connect the world’s continents in the most colourful kaleidoscope of music! LET the rhythm pulse through your body. Take a DRUM of your choice. Create the BEAT and play to the world.

Marta Riccardi
15/3/17 – AWIL at Res 118  Online:  Sketches by Alban Low. Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker. Words by Sophie Darling & Ritu. Also this week, the Yamato Drummers of Japan at SOAS Radio! Next week OMAR @ Resonance & fresh global CDs at SOAS.
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

International Women's Day - A World in London

Kalia Lyraki

Jyotsna Srikanth
Sara McGuinness
Kalia Lyraki

Date - 8th March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Trail-blazing International Women on this A World In London IWD special!
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Sara McGuinness

We collected together some of the finest composer/musicians for this show, artists that have toured the globe, played the biggest stages, and created sparkling albums! They also just happen to be women. Jyotsna Srikanth, Sara McGuinness, and Kalia Lyraki also excel as innovators conjuring up new projects & festivals, and as educators in...spiring the next generation of music-makers in Saharawi refugee camps to British/Greek/Cuban/Indian universities. Between them they have raised successful bands like Grupo Lokito, Kalia Lyraki Quartet, and Bangalore Dreams, led teams of merry men, and use their prowess and skills to navigate a way through an industry which is hardly female-friendly – see recent quotes from Madonna and Björk! What does it take to be a musical Wonder-Woman? Listen here for unmissable insights and the brilliant music by Kalia, Sara, and Jyotsna!

Jyotsna Srikanth
8/3/17 – AWIL at Res 117 Online:…/a-world-in-london-8th-march-2017/ Pics by Layla Gatens. Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, Jaswinder Singh shares the latest news about Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali at SOAS Radio! Next week the Yamato Damashii Drummers from Japan @ SOAS Radio and Alba Cabral’s all-female percussion outfit LET DRUM BEATt @ Resonance.

#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4fm & 4pm SOAS Radio
#London #IWD2017 #InternationalWomensDay #WomensDay #globalmusic #worldmusic #folkmusic #India #Cuba #Congo #Crete #Greece #UK #music SOAS University of London Dhruv Arts & Cultural Society Women in Music Women in Music SOAS Musicians SOAS Music Department
Srikanth Jnr

Monday, 6 March 2017

Kongo Dia Ntotila - Milinga, Molinga, Moto

Will Scott - saxophone

Kongo Dia Ntotila
John Kelly - guitar
Mike Soper - trumpet
Will Scott - sax
David Lessie - drums
Mulele Matondo - bass

Date - 1st March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - Seben Steps To Heaven (Groove Laboratory Productions, 2012)

David Lessie - drums

Future Performance 2017
March 12th - Hootananny, Brixton for Rootmaster
April 7th - Cellar Bar, Oxford for Bossaphonik
May 5th - Portico Gallery, London for Mambista
June 3rd - Isle of Wight for MondoMix Festival
July 13th - Venue TBA, London for NEW ALBUM LAUNCH!
August 12th - West Sussex for West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Mulele Matondo
Jazz-tastic Afro-grooves with Kongo Dia Ntotila on this A World In London! 
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Mike Soper - trumpet
Mulele Matondo is one of the most versatile London-based musicians, connecting his Congolese roots with our creative capital. But, it's in this band, Kongo Dia Ntotila, that Mulele seems most at home and full of even ‘mo fire’! The band first formed in Leeds in 2008 and regrouped in London last year, uniting the sparkling talents of jazz musicians John Kelly, William Scott, and Mike Soper. Matching Mulele word-for-word rhythmically & vocally, is David Lessie on drums, a childhood pal from Kinshasa. KDN’s songs are sung in Lingala and cover meaty subjects like political corruption and disunity in Africa, yet there’s more than adequate room for some pulsating upbeat tunes too, putting the dance back into Jazz, Congolese style!

John Kelly - guitar
Each song twists and turns through a multitude of time signatures and genres, constantly moving with the element of surprise. But when John strikes up the seben on his guitar, a palpable buzz resonates, and on this AWIL we ALL left the studio on a high! Kongo Dia Ntotila’s follow up album to their mighty debut ‘Seben Steps To Heaven’ is due in July, but before then catch them on this AWIL, and live in London at Hootananny, Brixton, March 12th! More UK dates TBA on or join the party on Facebook @KongoDiaNtotilaMusic and Twitter @kongodiantoti

1/3/17 – AWIL at Res 116  Production by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, Nolly from Mother Africa at SOAS Radio! Next week Rizwan Mauzzam Qawwali @ SOAS Radio and International Women’s Day special @ Resonance.
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Baluji Shrivastav - Inner London Visions

Baluji Shrivastav
Baluji Shrivastav - sitar and vocals
Fereshteh Khosrujerdy - vocals

Date - 22nd February 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - Pre-order Best of Baluji Shrivastav iTunes:

Future Performance

Fereshteh Khosrujerdy
Indian sitar star Baluji Shrivastav on this A World In London! 
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Could 2017 be the pinnacle year for Baluji Shrivastav? Decades have passed since the talented boy from Uttar Pradesh arrived in London ready to share his musical gifts across the world. This Sunday he launches his Best Of.. CD via ARC Music, with an OBE added to his name & numerous credentials. Balu is also about to  become the first ever artist-in-residence at Rich Mix with his Inner Visions training project. References to Stevie Wonder’s seminal album are potent, as a blindness has proved to be no obstacle for either of these music visionaries. Indeed, Balu has collaborated with Mr. Wonder, Massive Attack, Annie Lennox, Shakira, Boy George, and many more, but perhaps the most fruitful and consistent collaboration has been with his talented partner, singer Linda Shanovitch. Celebrity and honours aside, together they support up and coming musicians with sight impairments as well as other disabilities through the Baluji Music Foundation, creating essential opportunities & thrilling platforms for great music. One such protégé is Iranian vocalist Fereshteh Khosrujerdy who came to the UK just in order to be allowed to sing at all. You can hear her gorgeous vocals on this AWIL, dueting with Balu, in a glorious multi-lingual exchange of harmony.

Linda Shanovitch
22/2/17 – AWIL at Res 115  Online:  Pics by Layla Gatens. Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, Bernard O’Neill with IRL’s ‘Terraforming Analogue Space’ at SOAS Radio! Next week Idan Raichel@ SOAS Radio and Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Resonance.

#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Juan Maria Solare - White shadows, black pool

Juan Maria Solare

Date - 20th February 2017
Venue - The Wren Church of St Martin Within Ludgate
Current album  -  "Sn" (Stannum / Estaño / Tin) released 19th Feb 2017

Future Performance
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Johanniterhaus Bremen gGmbH, Bremen, Germany
Sunday 07 May 2017 - Speicherbühne, Bremen, Germany
Sunday 03 September 2017 - Speicherbühne, Bremen, Germany
Wednesday 01 November 2017 - Johanniterhaus Bremen gGmbH, Bremen, Germany
Thursday 02 November 2017 - Kulturkirche St. Stephani, Bremen, Germany

A delicate and emotive concert by Juan Maria Solare in the pooling stillness of The Wren Church of St Martin Within Ludgate. Sitting in the shadow of its domineering cousin St Paul's Cathedral this little church hosts concerts every Monday lunchtime between 1.05pm and 3pm. Free entry. Next week, Mon 27th February 2017, is the Imperial College Chamber Choir with  Latin American Baroque music, including pieces by Padilla and De Araujo.

Solare's audience was a modest one compared to the masses who bustled and bumped just a few yards away on the overflowing London streets. The pews of the Ludgate Hill church were populated by a mysterious bunch of intriguing misfits. They came from many countries, with flaming redheads and dark Latin beauties, old men gently snoozed and young men sat tall, straight-backed and attentive. They watched Solare  as he sat beneath the dark wainscoting, his face underlit from his sheet music, catching the flecks in his salt and pepper beard.

The concert was titled White Shadows, a paradoxical term that can refer to problems in life that don't leave negative sequels or by-products. It also means: foreshadows of good things to come. And if shadows are like a mirror of our bodies (or souls), a 'White Shadow' reflects the luminous part of us. Translated into everyday language: it's about music that underlines our most positive aspects.

Most of the pieces are part of the upcoming album «Sombras blancas» (White Shadows).

Danzarín (Julián Plaza)
Waltz in E major, B. 44 (Frédéric Chopin)
Para una mano pequeña (Juan María Solare)
Under the Silver Moonlight (Chinese Folksong)
Barcarola (Juan María Solare)
Melodía de arrabal (Carlos Gardel)
Truro Road (Juan María Solare)
Huellas del silencio (MARIANO GARCIA BERARDI)
Tengo un tango (Juan María Solare)
Gazing (Juan María Solare)
Nada que ver (Juan María Solare)
Flats (Juan María Solare)
Calambre (Astor Piazzolla)
Departure (Juan María Solare)
Zwischen den Jahren (Juan María Solare)
La Puñalada (Horacio «Pintín» Castellanos)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Joji Hirota - Blazing Taikos!

Joji Hirota
Joji Hirota

Date - 15th February 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - Japanese Taiko 3 (Released April 2017 on ARC Music)

Legendary Japanese music-maker Joji Hirota on this A World In London! 
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If you’ve ever seen Joji Hirota’s thrilling performances with the London Taiko Drummers, you’ll know that his live sets are unforgettable! A blaze of blistering beats pounded on giant drums that leaves audiences breathless, but Joji is not ‘just a drummer’. He’s a distinguished composer, producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, with a career that spans over three decades, and sixteen sensational albums! Awards, accolades, and collaborations with the likes of Jah Wobble, London Metropolitan Orchestra, and Royal Shakespeare Company have happened along the way, and Joji is the man to credit for filling the void of mystery that surrounds Japanese music. He is its finest interpreter and dedicated ambassador. He’s also a master craftsman, that  carves intricate and delicate string arrangements for Japanese folk songs, boasts a celestial singing voice, and is a master of the Shakuhachi flute. On this AWIL, hear an exclusive preview of his 17th album, ‘ Japanese Taiko 3’, forthcoming on ARC Music this April.

15/2/17 – AWIL at Res 114  Online:  Pic by Layla Gatens. Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, NAMLO and Ali Azimi live at SOAS Radio! Next week Syriana’s Bernard O’Neill @ SOAS Radio and Baluji Shrivastav OBE @ Resonance.

THURSDAY FEB 16TH A WORLD INLONDON LIVE at CLUB INEGALES –Fundraiser for Resonance FM – with NAMLO, IYATRA QUARTET, AILM, JOJI HIROTA & THE LONDON TAIKO DRUMMERS!!! Get tickets here:  Support Resonance FM Fundraising Week Feb 13 – 20th  London’s ONLY independent arts radio station -  #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Tad Sargent and Loïc Bléjean – Fire and Fervour

Tad Sargent
Tad Sargent and Loïc Bléjean

Date - 8th February 2017
Venue - Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London, UK
Current album  - Tad Sargent and Loïc Bléjean (Market Square, 2017)

Future Performance
21/02/2017: Concert à l’Eglise, St Laurent/Oust, 8:30pm –
22/02/2017: Brittany Winter Shool, Arzon, 9pm –

A night of shadows and sparks from two Celtic firebrands in the newly reopened Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, UK. The high ceilinged performance room could have given the air an empty chill but the audience filled out the hollow space and the warmth from the musicians brought colour to the cheeks on this bitter winter evening. The bald headed Bléjean is the smouldering coal in the fire pit, he glowed in the red light, still and pulsating. In contrast Sargent is the spitting spark that erupts from this combustible collaboration, always on his toes, twisting and flickering in the night.

Loïc Bléjean
Tad and Loïc share the same musical passions for the Irish tradition, for innovation, for style and flair and for ‘getting it right’. They met formally, if you like, at a session in Flynn’s Bar in Ealing, west London, in late 2013 and immediately hit it off. Loïc called Tad a few months later, as he was keen on putting a duo together for the festival he runs in his beloved Brittany. There followed stays and rehearsals at Tad’s fabled flat in Barnes, then gigs in France and England, all leading to the two of them opening the show for “The Taming of the Shrew”, the widely and wildly acclaimed 2016 production at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

And meanwhile, they were making this album…. Recorded at Sylvain Barou’s studio in Brittany, it has Sylvain himself guesting on flute, Jean-Baptist Boclé on keyboards and Ben Somers on double bass and backing vocals, each one highly regarded in his own right. Well, class attracts class!
The album has nine tracks, six sets of tunes in what has become their trademark manner – percussive, driven, with a complexity of rhythm from Tad underscoring the precision and beauty of Loïc’s melodic lines. There is sensitivity too; it is not all fire and fervour and when the tune merits a light and gentle touch, that it receives! Tad adds three songs, “Missing You” (J. MacCarthy), “Dunnes Stores Girl” (J. Spillane) and “Beeswing” (R. Thompson), each with a fitting new arrangement and delivered with his fine vocals.

Vocal Global - Voice Acrobatics

Noga Ritter
Vocal Global
Noga Ritter - voice and piano
DavidX - voice/beatbox and violin

Date - 8th February 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - L'Odyssey (Released on 26th February 2017)

Future Performance
26th February 2017 - Vortex Jazz Club - album launch

Sonic phonic duo Vocal Global on this A World In London!
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Seeing is believing, which is why the blistering voice acrobatics of Noga Ritter and David X, combined as Vocal Global, really MUST be experienced live! Unless you witness them in action, it’s impossible to know which instruments are for real and which ones VC have perfectly replicated, tongue-twisting their way through trumpets, talking drums, and tablas. Beatboxer extraordinaire, David, lays down the jaw-dropping & jaw-emanating rhythm section, transporting the duo through a nomadic journey of beats carved up with jazz and hip-hop. Noga’s rich and powerful voice, sprung from Middle Eastern roots, glides through continents, languages, and meaningful lyrical compositions highlighting global issues & personal stories. VC’s stunning artistry and dynamic dance through song pivots them as profound communicators across all platforms - in care homes with special needs children through their work with Live Music Now - or in clubs/festivals where their exhilarating Vocalstar Galactica performance thrills bedazzled & breathless audiences! See Vocal Global on stage at Dalston’s Vortex Jazz Club, Feb 26th, launching their hotly anticipated, kaleidoscopic debut album, ‘L’Odyssey’!

8/2/17 – AWIL at Res 113 Online: Pic by Layla Gatens. Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, great new global music on AWIL at SOAS Radio featuring Mokoomba, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, Mulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page), Orchestra Baobab, Susana Raya, Juwon Ogungbe, plus Koral Society in the studio Next week NAMLO @ SOAS Radio and Joji Hirota @ Resonance.
THURSDAY FEB 16TH Joji Hirota, Namlo, Ailm, Iyatra Quartet: A World in London Live at Club Inégales –Fundraiser for Resonance FM!!! Get tickets here: Support Resonance FM Fundraising Week Feb 13 – 20th London’s ONLY independent arts radio station -
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio
#London #globalmusic #folkmusic #beatbox #drum #percussion #MiddleEast #Africa #Caribbean with Vocal Global's Debut Album Launch ! ! ! Adesh Sundaresan Resonance 104.4FM Outerglobe Caroline Trettine Alison Rayner Mosi Conde Sama Arts Network WORLD MUSIC

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Loudest Whispers 2017 - 38 GREEN CARNATIONS

Jones Tensini
Loudest Whispers Opening Night
Alex Green - Master of ceremonies
DJ Ritu
Sarah Caulfield
Jones Tensini
Nicci Gladwin
Lucinda Sieger
Sarah Vista and the Sheriff

Nicci Gladwin
Date - 3rd February 2017
Venue - The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, UK

This year's LOUDEST WHISPERS exhibition has attracted a dynamic mix of talent both professional and self taught. With 100 pieces of artwork from 38 artists gracing the walls of The Conference Centre at St Pancras Hospital. This vibrant and dazzling exhibition is open until 20th April 2017, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Sarah Vista and the Sheriff
The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a work titled 38 GREEN CARNATIONS that is inspired by the incarceration of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol in 1895.

The opening of 2017 LOUDEST WHISPERS gave the gallery at St Pancras Hospital its biggest night in its 13 years history. 500 visitors arrived for this eagerly awaited annual exhibition of LGBT art, an evening rich in energy, enthusiasm and sometimes the baring of flesh

Lucinda Sieger
Visitors were rewarded with a glittering night of entertainment and thought-provoking performance. The exhibition was opened with impassioned speeches by Nadia Shah, the Mayor of Camden, Deputy Mayor Richard Cotton and inspiring words from Leisha Fullick the Chair of the Foundation Trust.  Nigel Harris, director of the Camden LGBT Forum rallied the crowds as sales topped £2,000 in the first few hours of the exhibition opening. 

Sarah Caulfield
Master of ceremonies Alex Green and his eclectic alternative Good Old Days brought together songs and dance inspired by George Michael, followed by the poetry of Sarah Caulfield and the mesmerising performance art of Jones Tensini. DJ Ritu (Club Kali) spoke from the heart in a personal and inspirational speech that brought a swelling pride to her artist-in-residence at radio programme A World In London (Resonance FM, Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm).

Music was strongly represented by Nicci Gladwin, Lucinda Sieger and Sarah Vista & the Sheriff. All with individual voices and original repertoires that ultimately brought the night to what felt like a premature close.
Susan Kreitzman
There is a special one off screening of Stephen Haupt's beautiful love story THE CIRCLE this Friday 10/2/17 at 6pm.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Savita Sundaresan - Carnatic Resonance

Savita Sundaresan
Date - 1st February 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Sublime and sensitive South Indian music vocals by Savita Sundaresan on this A World In London! 
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Performing at AWIL can be something of an occupational hazard. Gone are the days when it was just me and the musician/s in the studio. Now we have an entire team of production assistants, resident artist, and other ‘interested parties’. So for 19 year old Savita Sundaresan, our guest on Wednesday, her debut on British radio turned into a recital in front of a mini but largely appreciative audience. However, at times, some of AWIL crew are prone to becoming a little rowdy, especially the parental contingent. Savita explained her life to us – she’s an engineering student at Imperial College, a Bharatanatyam dancer, as well as an up-and-coming talent in the world of Carnatic music. Her distinguished music guru is Dr. Mala Swamy in Chennai, and Savita often wakes up at 5.30am to start her music practise before heading off to one of the best universities on the planet. In every sense, Savita is accomplished, learned, and joyful. She has performed on stages across India & the UK in front of the most critical and discerning pundits of South Indian classical tradition, yet nothing could have prepared her for AWIL... The trouble started after I said ‘You’re a model daughter. What more could your parents possibly expect from you?’ Then one of the crew piped up with ‘When are we going to get grandchildren?!’ Another shouted ‘clean your bedroom more often!!’ Someone at the back squealed ‘you don’t eat enough greens!!’. It was only after Savita began to sing, gliding effortlessly through multiple octaves, intricate raags and krithis, moving mountains with her magnificent voice, that the heckling was finally silenced, as the rabble retreated into blissful serenity. Hear Savita Sundaresan and her brother Adesh on THIS A World In London!

Adesh Sundaresan
1/2/17 – AWIL at Res 111  Online:  Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, great new global music on AWIL at SOAS Radio featuring Orchestra Baobab, Baro Drom Orkestar, Susana Raya, Juwon Ogungbe, Baluji Shrivastav, Srdjan Beronja, Nguyen Le, plus Oxford Maqam in the studio Next week The Koral Society @ SOAS Radio and Vocal Global @ Resonance.

THURSDAY FEB 16TH A WORLD INLONDON LIVE at CLUB INEGALES –Fundraiser for Resonance FM – with NAMLO, IYATRA QUARTET, AILM, JOJI HIROTA & THE LONDON TAIKO DRUMMERS!!! Get tickets here:   #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Stefanos Tsourelis Trio - Mediterranean Improv

Stefanos Tsourelis
Stefanos Tsourelis Trio
Stefanos Tsourelis - oud and guitar
Dave Jones - bass
Eric Ford - drums

Date - 11th January 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Future Performance

February 8th 2017 - The Bulls Head in Barnes

Dave Jones
Jazz Improv & melodies from the Med by Stefanos Tsourelis Trio on this A World In London! 
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AWIL got off to a great start in 2017 with a formidable live session from bassist Dave Jones, percussionist Eric Ford, and Stefanos Tsourelis on oud & guitar! The trio was formed only recently in 2015 yet is already one of the most skilled & thrilling jazz-based outfits in our midst. Watching these three wise men of instrumental gifts is almost enough to make you forget the huffing & puffing of ‘that’ Trumpet across the Atlantic for a moment or two. They draw you into their rolling conversation of riffs and fills, questions and answers, solos and choruses, chattering, reflecting, and exclaiming along a musical route stretching from the Sahara to Thessaloniki and back to the UK. Stefanos Tsourelis Trio will release their debut album, ‘Native Speaker’ later this year.
Eric Ford
11/1/17 – AWIL at Res 110  Online:  Pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris and Alban Low. Also this week, New Year global music on AWIL at SOAS Radio featuring Aurelio, Seckou Keita, Warsaw Village Band, Debashish Bhattacharya, Vocal-Global, Karmana, and more! Coming up on Jan 25th at AWIL on Res – Adesh Sundaresan. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio

Presenter/Producer for 'A World In London' at Resonance 104.4 & SOAS Radio.
BBC Radio/Sister India/Outcaste Records founder/Rough Guides Contributor        
Club Promoter & DJ

Monday, 16 January 2017

Liam Stevens Trio with Aydenne Simone

Liam Stevens
Liam Stevens - piano
Aydenne Simone - vocals
JJ Stillwell - bass
Joe Dessauer - drums

Date - 5th January 2017
Venue - The Bull's Head, Barnes, UK

Future Performance
14 February 2017, 8:30 pm, The Bull's Head, Barnes - Valentine’s Extravaganza with Liam Stevens & friends
14 March 2017, 8pm, The Bull's Head, Barnes - Liam Stevens Trio album launch
9th May 2017, 8pm, The Bull's Head, Barnes - Aydenne Simone sings Sarah Vaughan

JJ Stillwell
An evening of swinging standards to dispel the January blues. Aydenne Simone and Liam Stevens make the archetypal odd couple, Simone is exuberant and overflowing while Stevens cuts a pensive and intense figure at the piano. The rhythm section of Stilwell and Dessauer cast lithe shadows against the red velvet curtain of the new Jazz Room at the Bull's Head. The event promoter Seven Star Arts is pulling up the socks of this once iconic venue by swelling audiences and indulging in classic repertoires.

The Liam Stevens Trio is one of the most exciting young groups on the jazz scene today. Led by the dextrous piano playing of Liam who displays a deep understanding and passion for music, gaining plaudits from audiences and respected veteran musicians alike.

Joe Dessauer
With drummer Joe Dessauer and bassist Jj Stillwell, they produce a swinging sound and an electrifying visual performance, thrilling audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
They frequently perform with Ellie Bignall (Vocals) with recent gigs at Glentham Gardens, Kew’s Musical Museum and the Hamstock Orpheus and Equus Gala.

Aydenne Simone
Aydenne Simone has wowed audiences with her deep, powerful vocal tones, taking her career to countless prestigious milestone performances including; Lead role in “Break Away Angel” musical Theatre Royal, a Royal Performance, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie's, Cambridge University, ‘Jazz in The Park’, Pizza Express  (Olympia, Kensington, Beckenham), International Isle of Wight Jazz Diva Festival,  to name just a few.