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Moonchild at the O2 Forum

Read "Moonchild at the O2 Forum" reviewed by Peter Jones

Moonchild O2 Forum LondonSeptember 30, 2022 “This is the biggest show we've ever done," announced Amber Navran, singer with neo-soul band Moonchild. She was talking to the audience at the O2 Forum, a 2,000-capacity former movie theatre, and the venue for this London date promoting their Starfruit (Tru Thoughts, 2022) album (read our 2022 interview). It was one of the most extraordinary live shows this reviewer has witnessed in 50 years of attending ...


How Moonchild Put The Jazz Into Soul

Read "How Moonchild Put The Jazz Into Soul" reviewed by Peter Jones

Last summer, an online-only big band called The Sages of Future Soul recorded their arrangement of Moonchild's “The List," featuring reeds wunderkind Alexa Tarantino. What strikes you on listening to the Sages' version is not so much that it has transcended its origins, but that the original tune has such inbuilt jazz sensibility. Moonchild's Andris Mattson is a big fan of this version. “It was cool. I was so impressed that they transcribed our live arrangement. My favorite part was ...

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