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 CaffĂ© 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"