Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Georgia Mancio - Hang 2018

Georgia Mancio
Hang 2018
with
Nikki Iles - piano
Alina Bzhezhinska -harp
Tom Cawley - piano
10th October 2018
Pizza Express Soho, London, UK

Tom Cawley
Award-winning vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, returned with her second Hang – a series of stunning bespoke collaborations and new writing featuring the cream of the UK’s jazz, latin and improvised music scenes in one of Europe’s most iconic venues.

From last year’s landmark recording, Songbook, with co-writer Alan Broadbent and their subsequent performances in Europe and the US (including Ronnie Scott’s and Rochester International Jazz Festival, NY) to her iconic  ReVoice! Festival, work with luminaries Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Bobby McFerrin and Kate Williams, to nominations in the Urban Music, Parliamentary and British Jazz Awards, Georgia is an artist of boundless creativity and dedication in constant evolution. 

Alina Bzhezhinska
2018 is also Georgia’s 18th anniversary as a professional musician. To mark this joyous coming of age she crafted 4 unique shows.

A celebration of female writers with pianist/composer Nikki Iles, a homage to vocalist/songwriter Abbey Lincoln with harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and fascinating character studies in new songs co-written with pianist/composer Tom Cawley.
Nikki Iles


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Kuljit Bhamra - Tabla Maestro


10th October 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Trailblazing tabla maestro Kuljit Bhamra on this A World in London!
Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-10th-october-2018/

Every time Kuljit appears on AWIL, I’m energised by his presence, just as I was when I first met him at Keda Records in the early 90s. His down-to-earth way of talking, wicked sense of humour, and authentic passion for music is infectious which is why he’s such a perfect advocate for the music industry as a whole. Kuljit is one of the most talented composers of our times, having written numerous Bhangra anthems, soundtracks for films like ‘Bhaji On the Beach’, as well as theatre shows such as ‘Bombay Dreams’ and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. He’s the revolutionary & inclusive producer that made records with Indian women and not just men during the 80’s (Sangeeta Singer, Baldip Jabble, HEERA, Premi Johal,..), plus pioneered professional quality recording techniques in the Brit-Asian music industry. Eclectic and versatile, Kuljit has been a key player on the Jazz scene working with sax man Andy Sheppard and vocalist Barb Jungr, and he co-created a definitive history project – The Southall Story, with director Shakila Taranum Maan, about the part of West London known as ‘Little India’. Kuljit is an agile communicator in every sphere, but didn’t learn to read music as a child, so it follows almost naturally that he would be the best person to innovate a tabla notation formula – an unique invention providing a giant leap forward for demystifying Indian music. Maybe ‘Indian Drum Notation For Tabla’ will counter some of the exoticism about anything Indian too, and build more bridges in our world where predictive text still corrects tabla to ‘table’, Kuljit to ‘Colin’, and Ritu to ‘Rita’! Guaranteed that if anything fresh and interesting is happening, Kuljit will be at the heart of it, and now there are three new albums to mark the 30th year anniversary of his label, Keda Records: ‘Dhol Masters’, ‘Passage To India’, and one by his equally popular, singing mum, Mohinder Kaur Bhamra, titled ‘Songs For Punjabi Weddings’. Hear them, and their iconic creator, on this AWIL!! 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

They Might Be Giants - Barbican Big

John Linnell
They Might Be Giants

3rd October 2018
Barbican Centre, London, UK

35-years deep, Brooklyn’s freewheeling heroes are creating startling new music and performing shows packed with spontaneity and undeniable joy across the globe. In London they presented a brand new show, “An Evening with They Might Be Giants” featuring two big sets to a packed out Barbican centre.
John Flansburgh

Rock’s most original perpetual motion machine, They Might Be Giants have released a brand new single “The Communists Have The Music” via Lojinx. Download it for FREE and spread the word. The song is part of their upcoming album, entitled My Murdered Remains. It’s been an instant TMBG classic with the melodic hooks the band is renowned for. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A2-ACZhg_g&feature=youtu.be 

This year the band also released their 20th full-length album I Like Fun to rave reviews, played 50 US cities demolishing stages to mostly sold out rooms, were nominated for a Tony award for their song “I'm Not A Loser”, and posted 20 additional songs on their Dial-A-Song service.

Curt Ramm



Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Gipsydelica - Balkan Psychedelics

Tansay Omar
Gipsydelica
Miroslav Morski - guitar
Tansay Omar - drums
Freddy ‘Fretka’ Stitz - bass

3rd October 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Psyche yourself up for Gipsydelica on this A World in London!
Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-3rd-october-2018/

Miroslav Morski
Making their debut appearance on radio, and at AWIL, are Balkan psychedelic ethno rock group Gipsydelica! Expect some sensational lead guitar solos by band founder Miroslav Morski, dynamic drum beats by Funkshy Music’s Tansay Omar, and bespoke bass-lines from Freddy ‘Fretka’ Stitz! Bulgaria meets Turkish Cyprus meets Germany via London, on, A World in London!
This week on AWorld In London, jazz vibes by Shirley Smart at SOAS Radio 4pm, and Indian percussion guru Kuljit Bhamra at 6.30pm on Resonance 104.4fm!

Freddy ‘Fretka’ Stitz
3/10/18 – AWIL 180  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-3rd-october-2018/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and Alban Low. Also this week, folk singer Heather Innes on SOAS Radio. [http://#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio  ]#AWorldinLondon – Connecting cultures through music – for twelve years! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Emily Maguire - The Slaughtered Lamb



Emily Maguire
Emily Maguire - voice, keys, guitar
Christian Dunham - bass
+
support by
Ben Walker - guitar

15th September 2018
The Slaughtered Lamb, London, UK

Emily Maguire and Christian Dunham performed to a packed crowd at The Slaughtered Lamb in London for the last night of her 2018 UK tour.  You can see photos of the gig on Emily’s Facebook page. Emily is doing a special one-off gig on Saturday 27 October 2018 at Gaunts House in Wimborne before starting her book tour in November.  Dates and ticket links for all these gigs can be found here.

Christian Dunham
Singer-songwriter, composer, poet, multi-instrumentalist and mental health advocate, Emily Maguire is an artist like no other, her remarkable story of recovery an inspiration for those who know her music. Born in London, Emily grew up in Cambridge with no TV at home, a bookworm obsessed by her children’s history books, playing sport and music, learning the piano, cello, flute and recorder.
When she had her first breakdown at 16, diagnosed as acute clinical depression, Emily left home and dropped out of college.  A car crash that same year triggered fibromyalgia pain syndrome (FMS), a chronic nervous system disorder that causes constant pain.  By the time she was 21, Emily was on walking sticks and registered disabled. In constant pain but elated by her creativity, Emily’s mental health deteriorated until on her 23rd birthday she was taken to Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge in a psychotic state and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She moved back to London, recovered from the FMS thanks to Dr Peter Fisher at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. A few months after coming out of hospital, in a strange twist of fate, she ended up on a plane to Australia to meet up with an old friend, Australian bass player and producer Christian Dunham. A three-week holiday turned into four years happily living a self-sufficient, eco-friendly life on a goat farm in the Australian bush, in a shack built by Christian from recycled wood, tin and potato sacks. There Emily recovered her mental health, helped by constant sunshine and a veggie garden, surrounded by animals on the farm and in the hills around the shack.  She started writing songs again in a wood and tin yurt built for her by Christian, and became a cheesemaker, financing her first two albums and UK tours by making and selling goats cheese on the farm.

In 2010, with a single on Radio 2 and touring the country as Caffé Nero ‘Artist of the Month’, Emily had a breakdown following a miscarriage (portrayed in her ‘achingly beautiful’ song ‘Banks of the Acheron’ on ‘A Bit Of Blue’).
She decided to go public about her mental illness by publishing an extraordinary book ‘Start Over Again’, a brutally honest and deeply intimate account of her experiences of dealing with bipolar disorder.  The book was launched on Radio 2 on World Mental Health Day generating a huge response from listeners.

Ben Walker
As an advocate for mental health, Emily speaks frequently in the media about combating the stigma of mental illness. In 2013 she was interviewed by Libby Purves for ‘Midweek’ on BBC Radio 4, talking about her book ‘Start Over Again’ and her experiences of dealing with bipolar disorder.
In 2017, she was interviewed by Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston for a Radio 4 programme called ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’, talking about chronic pain, creativity and her bipolar condition.  She was also interviewed by Clare Balding for Radio 2, talking about her music, mental health and Buddhist faith.

In October 2017, Emily performed at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin before heading to Australia in December to spend time with family and to start recording her next album.
In early 2018 she performed gigs for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust at mental health hospitals.

Emily is a patron of the mental health charity Restore.

Thank you to Mike and Gail Watts (Dr & Mrs Fizzy) for the invitation to this concert.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Marta Capponi

Marta Capponi
Marta Capponi - voice
Andrew Noble - piano
Emiliano Caroselli - drums

6th September 2018
Waitrose Kings Cross, Granary Square, London, UK

Andrew Noble
Customers at Waitrose Kings Cross are treated to a free jazz concert every Thursday night. The London Granary Square store is part of a recent re-development of the area next to the Regent’s Canal. The store (a converted railway engine-shed) is a meeting point for listeners warming up their evening with a cheeky Chablis or fiery Barbera before reaching out into London's nightlife.

MARTA CAPPONI Italian-born jazz vocalist Marta Capponi began her jazz studies in Rome at the prestigious Saint Louis College of Music. Although a student she was already a busy working musician, and it wasn't long before her precocious talent was being heard alongside a wide array of established Italian and US jazz artists. By the time she left college she was already well known on the Italian jazz scene and she could soon be heard at high-profile venues and festivals around Italy, including the likes of Umbria Jazz, Umbria Jazz Winter, Ravello Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival die Due Mondi, Casa del Jazz, Villa Celimontana and Auditorium Parco della Musica. Looking for musical challenges further afield, in 2012 Marta moved to London, bringing with her an eclectic and remarkable repertoire, from classic jazz standards and pop to folk and Brazilian music.

Emiliano Caroselli
"Her singing is fluent, powerful and captivating, and she has a stage presence to match"

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Steven Page - Union Chapel

Steven Page

Steven Page
Craig Northey
Kevin Fox

10th August 2018
Union Chapel, London, UK
Album: Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II (Fresh Baked Goods / Warner Music Canada)


Kevin Fox
Hot on the heels of his induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Steven Page introduced his forthcoming album to the freethinkers of London in the spiritual cauldron of the Union Chapel in Islington. This was a night of spikey wit and proud political musicality. Although Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II, will be released on Friday, September 14, 2018 fans were rewarded with a preview of this powerful new work.

Ahead of the album’s release, Steven has launched the vitriolic first single, “White Noise,” a naked look at the current political discourse south of the 49th parallel.
Listen/Watch “White Noise” HERE.

Craig Northey
“I grew up in a household where social justice was a fundamental value, and I always believed that it was a fundamental Canadian value as well as a central Jewish one,” says Page. “I’ve watched how the term has been twisted and perverted by the Right over the last several years in an effort to diminish the voices of reason.
Although I grew up politically aware, in a left-leaning household (which, in Canada, was not regarded as anything sinister until the mid-90s and beyond), it wasn’t until I discovered the politically-charged music coming from the UK in the 1970s (the Clash, The Jam) and 1980s during the Miner’s Strike and the Red Wedge movement (Billy Bragg, Style Council, Communards, etc) that I became excited by the power of music and activism. This song pays tribute to that music, and was written in the wake of last year’s events in Charlottesville. The open displays of racism and antisemitism, and the chants of “Jews Will Not Replace Us” made me grab my guitar and tell them I’d be more than glad to replace them.”

Steven Page
Recorded at Fresh baked Woods Studios just outside of Toronto and Vancouver’s Doghouse of Thunder Studio with longtime live bands Odds and The Original Six, and frequent collaborator Craig Northey, Discipline is Page’s fifth solo album and the spiritual follow-up to 2016’s Heal Thyself Pt. I: Instinct. Musically, the album tips its hat to many of Page’s influences including the aforementioned punk rock movement and David Byrne as well as a nod to the Bee Gees and the Zombies.


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Sarah Vista - Somers Town Festival


Sarah Vista

Date: 14th July 2018
Venue: Somers Town Festival
Releases: Bandcamp

Camden town’s Spaghetti Western Songstress Sarah Vista and her posse of outlaws arrive in a blood-soaked blaze of bullets, armed with a unique sound inspired by the great western movie soundtracks and dark country classics.

With a series of live bookings already under her gun belt (Nashville, Sweden, Germany, Spain) and a number of original compositions already selected for forthcoming movie soundtracks, Miss Vista and her gang are ones to watch..

Revenge is red hot and blonde, and heading for a town called mediocrity, to wish them hell!

START, or Somers Town and St Pancras Art, has brought an annual street arts festival to this area of London for over 19 years. Fittingly, Somers Town has a pioneering history of arts and community being seen as important as housing: ‘housing is not enough’ meant providing community centres and sculpture as well as new homes after the 1920s slum clearance.

Today’s hugely popular START grew out of a first festival of cultures in 1997, begun to try to bring harmony to the disparate cultures in Somers Town, after racial tensions and a murder of young Richard Everitt. Former festivals featured acts as diverse as Alexis Sayle, Les Dennis from Family Fortunes, performances by the gurkas, Tibetan monks, and the British TaeKwando team, as well as local bands such as the Mighty Caretakers, and Oh!Gunquit, activities like first aid displays, filmmaking, history exhibitions, art workshops, and the ever popular Funfair.


Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Dom Aversano - Handpan Hero


Dom Aversano


Date: 18th July 2018
Venue: A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Album: Geometric (2018)

Hands-On musical healing with Dom Aversano’s handpans on this A World in London! 

The handpan is one of the newest instruments ever created, and our guest on AWIL this week is a skilled craftsman harnessing its powers. Dom Aversano began music-making in his early teens with a conventional drum kit but soon navigated a course to Indian classical percussion where he’s felt most at home and found intergalactic possibilities. When he discovered the spaceship-like handpan through one of Pete Lockett’s online tutorials, he was instantly drawn towards the aquatic sounds and uncharted territory of this 21st century drum. Dom is a talented composer, visualising rhythm through time and space in his mind, and has boldly gone where no man has gone before, even concocting a complex cello piece, though he doesn’t play any string instruments. Watching Dom’s hands dance lightly across the domes of his handpans is an hypnotic, tactile experience, far out into the galaxy of tranquillity, so when you listen to Dom’s debut E.P. Geometric, close that door, switch off the lights, and chill out!

Dom Aversano
18/7/18 – AWIL 175  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-18th-july-2018/ Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling. This week Rock to Indian Classical with Kedar Sharma on SOAS Radio. Click: https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/awil-269-kedar-sharma  Next week Meklit Hadero at SOAS and Kiranpal Singh meets YOUTH at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio  
Sofia Gaetani-Morris

Monday, 18 June 2018

Balladeste - Free & boundless



Tara Franks
Balladeste
Preetha Narayanan - violin
Tara Franks  - cello

Date: 13th June 2018
Venue: A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Album: Relic (2017)

Spiritual string duo Balladeste on this A World in London! 

Preetha Narayanan
Synchronicity takes on a new meaning when hearing Balladeste’s circle of trust, strings, and sound. Where South Indian violinist Preetha Narayanan begins, British cellist Tara Franks ends, except there isn’t a beginning or ending and we get blissfully immersed in their circular empathy. Both women are classically trained, but now  running free & boundless, having forged a unique partnership over ten years, weaving in and out of each other’s voices as musicians and composers.  They converse fluidly from string to string, undulating through time and space, drawing listeners inside their melodic boudoir, and  melting the universe into a single entity. Balladeste’s debut album Relic is available on Bandcamp and iTunes now, plus a CD of devotional songs is already in the pipeline as a follow up. Listen out for that as it’ll be sung via violin and cello through one perfect voice called Balladeste. www.balladeste.co.uk

Franks senior and junior
13/6/18 – AWIL 170  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-june-2018/ Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. This week on SOAS Radio #SoundsLikeLondon singer/songwriters Bryde & Karima Francis. Click: https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/awil-264-bryde-karima-francis  Next week Eliza Shaddad at SOAS and Kabantu at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Thrive - Frustrations - Admir Selimovic

Frustrations
Clemens Wabra - Guitar 
Fabian Supancic - Keys 
Thomas Milacher - Bass 
Jasmin Sultanic- Drums 

All songs Produced by Jasmin Sultanic
Album: Thrive (Mustache Records 2018)

The Austrian band Frustrations are embarking upon a mission, a giant leap into the unknown with their new album Thrive. It is an album that not only contains their trademark pulsing rhythms but also an openness, a desire to stare into the dark void, and to keep those eyes wide in anticipation.

Image:  Admir Selimovic. 
Design: Marlene Bettel
Our journey into this black void is inspired by the music of Frustrations and mapped by Admir Selimovic, the artist who has created the album art for Thrive. Ahead of us we see a pulsing mass, a planet of sorts, yet we know it is not stable. The undulations of its surface blister and puss, a molten volatility bubbling underneath. Not a suitable location to harbour a new colony of humans. Yet there is something there, the irregularity piques our interest. Together we sit alone in the night.

This is what we think is out there. It is a future charted through it's geographic points, and not one seen by a thousand eyed media. You will not find this world on a colourful wall chart, it is not a popular destination for rich tourists. It is a blueprint, one that exists in fertile minds.

Frustrations
The Band Frustrations was founded in 2014 by the Jazz drummer Jasmin Sultanic as a Jazz Trio. After touring through 9 countries and playing more than 30 concerts the band split up during the recordings of their first album because of difference of opinions of the band members. Sultanic kept the concept and the name of the band and continued working on it with Fabian Supancic (Piano), Clemens Wabra(Guitar) and Thoms Milacher (Bass). Three musicians with the same taste and understanding in music.

Admir Selimovic
Admir Selimovic is originally from Bratunac in Bosnia and Herzegovina but moved to Živinice in 1992 when he was three years old. After completing elementary school in Tuzla the bright lights of Vienna beckoned. As Selimovic's studies ended at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna he began his doctorate at the prestigious Federal Technical University (ETH) in Zurich, Faculty of Architecture. His graduation project at the Academy in Vienna was the avant-garde film "Moon" which brought him to the attention of critics and film festivals alike. He has directed a number of films and regularly exhibits his work at locations including International Human Rights Film Festival (Vienna), Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), Bad Eisenkappel, Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung (Vienna) and Künstlerhaus (Vienna).

The album Thrive consists of six missions into the new world. Within these journeys there is always an element of danger, we feel on the verge of descending into chaos yet we are never abandoned to uninhibited freefall. Check out Selimovic's cinematic vision of Thrive HERE.

Thrive, the title track, charts hundreds of possible landing sites. Graceful and lyrical pinpricks of light shimmer with their melodies. The keys of Fabian Supancic joining the dots. Yet these worlds are never within reach, always seen from a distance. Fusion is a throwback, a thought of what we have left behind as we hurtle into our futures. The scientists examine new life forms under their microscopes. What they see is a writhing mass of organisms, pulsing under the percussion of Mr. Stephan Maass (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Randy Brecker, NDR Bigband, Georg Danzer, Benny Greb). Inside they find a fever, an epidemic that has every chance of running out of control.
Ether is the laidback rock, an asteroid rotating slowly and deliberately. Full of latent power yet never reaching impact, it is the dark beauty of this album. Hyberbola sparks and fizzes, snaps of light, dancing colours and ephemeral kaleidoscope.
We hear the echo of a human in the guitar of Clemens Wabra, a forgotten voice trapped in the music and drama of About Everything. Radio contact is intermittent, you feel the sheer scale, of those down there and you alone up here.
Last Song is our dying star, wistful, vast, an unknown future.

More from Frustrations.
Bandcamp
Website

Friday, 15 June 2018

Gazpacho - Tufnell Park Dome, London

Jan Henrik Ohme
Gazpacho
Jan Henrik Ohme - vocals
Thomas Andersen - keyboards, programming
Jon-Arne Vilbo - guitars
Mikael Krømer  - violin, mandolin
Kristian Torp - bass
Robert Risberget Johansen - drums & percussion

Kristian Torp
Date: 28th May 2018
Venue: The Tufnell Park Dome
Album: Soyuz (2018)

Future:
23/06/2018 – NO – Oslo, John Dee 
30/06/2018 – ESP – Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend Festival
Robert Risberget Johansen
Norwegian Art-rock progressive outfit Gazpacho showcase a brand-new album Soyuz at the vibrant Tufnell Park Dome.

Known for their distinctive art rock that balances tense and beautiful arrangements, sinister and soulful melodic lines, Gazpacho's Soyuz furthers their experimental output.  A band who are used to seizing headlines with bizarre stories, including The Independent (UK) branding Molok as "An album that could destroy the world", Gazpacho have a holistic approach to the album writing process, imbuing each with a captivating concept. 

Thomas Andersen
The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”. Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in “Sky Burial”; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired “Emperor Bespoke”.

Mikael Krømer
Recorded at Krypton Planet & St. Croix Fredrikstad in Norway, engineered by Thomas Andersen, Kristian Torp and Mikael Kroemer, mixed by John Rausch and mastered by Sonovo Mastering's Thor Legvold. The artwork, designed by painter Antonio Seijas, is inspired by Russian Cold War colours and fonts from the Soyuz One flight era.
Jon-Arne Vilbo


Friday, 8 June 2018

The Art of the Violin with Alban Low

Alice Barron

AWIL Violin Special
Alban Low
Alice Barron
Richard Jones

Date: 6th June 2018
Venue: A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Chapbook: London Violins (p.2018, Sampson Low, ISBN 978-1-910578-77-3)


Genius artist Alban Low presents his wonderful new London Violins project on this A World in London!
Click to listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-6th-june-2018/ 

Richard Jones
For two years, Alban Low has been capturing some of our finest guests on AWIL with his pen, adding an extra luscious string to our bow and gifting bands with unique, bespoke portraits of themselves in action. It’s bowed strings that form the centre-piece for his brilliant new chapbook, London Violins, an illustrated summit of eminent musicians matching Alban’s visual virtuosity with their violins, and amongst his gallery of stars you’ll find Irish fiddler James Patrick Gavin, Indian-fusion maestro Robert Atchison, klezmer queen Olga Baron, and live on this show, iyatra Quartet’s Alice Barron and Balagan Cafe Band’s Richard Jones . In recognition of Alban’s outstanding talent, the world renowned Yehudi Menuhin School commissioned him to create an exhibition featuring some of the most prominent British violinists, working in the Jazz & World sector,  and that project has now blossomed into the first of a series of compact, colourful chapbooks, bringing art together with music, vibrant and accessible for all.  Alban’s artist eye harmonises perfectly with the musician’s ear, and his lightning one-line sketches are rich in fluidity and spontaneity, simultaneously expressing music in motion through art. Alban says, ‘‘I like the challenge of trying to represent movement on the static page, and yet you still want it to dance before your eyes. You want to hear the music in the lines .’’ With a swish of the pen,  a pluck of the strings, and a stroke of genius, hear from the brilliant mind behind London Violins on this AWIL, and the man we are so proud & privileged to have as our radio show artist-in-residence. London Violins will be stored at the British Library and at other fine institutions but grab a copy for yourself here: https://sampsonlow.co/2018/06/04/london-violins-2018-dj-ritu-and-alban-low/  


6/6/18 – AWIL 169  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-6th-june-2018/ Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. This week on SOAS Radio Djanan Turan. Click: https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/awil-263-djanan-turan  Next week Sounds Like London at SOAS and Balladeste at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio



Monday, 4 June 2018

AKA George - Blazing Youth

AKA George

Date: 30th May 2018
Venue: Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, London, UK
Listen: Stone Cold Classic

AKA George is an artist to watch. He was thrust into the spotlight after his innovative cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky turned the heads of Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams, with Pharrell hailing him a ‘genius’, a glowing endorsement that piqued the interest of many Record Labels.

However, for AKA George, the time scale of these events meant he simply could not work the way he wanted to, and he felt that his music was suffering as a result of this. He turned away two labels that were vying for his signature, and instead vowed to work at his own pace, and to retain his integrity as an artist and performer.

His latest releases, Stone Cold Classic, and BLAZING really showcase his musical prowess, and what perhaps sets George apart is the fact that he is such a multi-instrumentalist: as well as a top vocalist, he is a pianist, guitarist, and drummer, to name a few. As a standard bearer of the Vlogger generation he blurs the barriers between kitsch, eccentric, bold and outrageous in a way that is buoyantly reflective of everything we love in great showmen of the past and everything glorious about the fearlessness of today’s youth.



Sunday, 3 June 2018

Jennings Couch - Hoxton Wild

Jennings Couch
Jennings Couch

Date: 30th May 2018
Venue: Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, UK

Future 2018:
June 6th - Nobody Listens to Silence, Nambucca, Holloway Road, London, UK
August 27th - The Half Moon Putney, London, UK

Born in the wilderness of New York City, raised in the quiet tranquillity of rural England and made on the streets of West London, Jennings Couch is an artist who embodies the virtues of his environments. Since writing his first songs at the tender age of seven, he has gone on to craft a unique - and eccentric - pop voice. It is this distinctive voice that got Jennings to SXSW 2017, gaining the attention of a wider global audience with shows at The Apple Music House and the BBC British Music Embassy.

Whether the result of his influences, travels or tendency towards the obtuse, one thing is clear; in an era of copycat faux-musicality, Jennings Couch is a refreshingly unique proposition.