Friday 2 February 2018

Bahla & TootArd - AWIL double-bill

Joseph Costi
A double-bill of sensational bands on this A World in London - Bahla and TootArd!
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Tal Janes
Date - 31st January 2018
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Ines Loubet
Joseph Costi - piano
Tal Janes - guitar
Ines Loubet - vocals
Andrea Di Biase - bass
Ben Brown - drums

Current album - Imprints (2017)

Ben Brown
Future Performance
2nd FEB 2018 - Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

14th FEB 2018 - The Holt, Sheffield
15th FEB 2018 - The Basement, York
16th FEB 2018 - Jazz Cafe, Newcastle
18th FEB 2018 - The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
19th FEB 2018 - Guild Sessions, Lincoln
20th FEB 2018 - The Peer Hat, Manchester
21st FEB 2018 - Speakeasy, Torquay
22nd FEB 2018 - Broomhill Arts, Barnstaple

27th FEB 2018 - Pizza Express Soho, London

Andrea Di Biase
Bahla opened our show with their wonderful atmospheric concoction of cinematic jazz weaved around Jewish folk music. This five-piece group was formed in London just two years ago by Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi and guitarist Tal Janes. Along with Andrea Di Biase on double-bass, drummer Ben Brown, and the sublime vocals of Ines Loubet Franco from Portugal, they’ve just released their debut album, ‘Imprints’, and you can catch them on tour across the UK from February 2nd. Their London date will be at Pizza Express in Soho’s Dean Street on February 27th!

Hasan Nakhleh
Rami Nakhleh

Current album - Laisser Passer (2017)

Future Performance
2 FEB 2018 - Cobalt Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
3 FEB 2018 - Celtic Connections, Glasgow

Rami Nakhleh
Next up on this AWIL were Hasan and Rami Nakhleh from TootArd, who’d just flown in from Paris and are set to play Rich Mix on February 1st! TootArd’s superb album ‘Laissez Passer’ has stirred up a whole heap of excitement on the international scene since it emerged last year. Their tracks marry rock guitar with classical Arabic sax,  painting in Maqam riffs and Levant-tinted desert blues, filtered through deep dubby Reggae bass lines and compelling Maghreb rhythms. This charged and infectious winning musical formula of traditional meets urban has been handed down from their father and gleaned from YouTube, whilst their lyrical themes centre around the natural world, love, and travel. This latter point is a poignant one for TootArd having grown up in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Their idyllic small village in the Majdal Shams mountains is constrained by borders yet inhabited by people restricted by their ID pass - Laissez Passer - leaving them effectively stateless & without a sense of belonging. But in TootArd’s case, their bold, unique, and inventive sounds qualify them as citizens of the world-class musician community, and fortunately for all of us, a musical passport to freedom. Find out more here: Facebook:                                                                      

Hasan Nakhleh
31/1/18 – AWIL 152  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling,  and sketches by Alban Low. Also this week non-stop global music at SOAS. Click:  Next week Amanda Noar’s Impact Theatre Co. at SOAS and London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé at Resonance! [http://#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio  ]#AWorldinLondon – IN

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