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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vula Viel And Peter Zummo at Cafe Oto

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Vula Viel and Peter Zummo
Cafe Oto
London
January 24, 2019

Peter Zummo could coax an agreeable tune from a garden hose, whistle through a straw-stuffed flute, and still engage listeners. He simply has a knack with tubes and noise. The avant-jazz trombonist, based in New York, keeps delighting and confounding ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Old York: Maya Youssef, Vika Bull, Roy Wood, Blackbeard’s Tea Party & Ben Ottewell

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Maya Youssef
National Centre For Early Music
October 12, 2018

This was a different group than the trio that your scribe saw in Birmingham around a year earlier, with Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef losing her pair of Iranian sidekicks and now joined by some new bloods. Instead of setar ...

NEWS: FOR SALE

January 2019 Whirlwind Recordings Rebrand Sale - Up To 50% Off Back Catalogue (CDs • LPs • DLs • Apparel) Until The End Of The Month!

January 2019 Whirlwind Recordings Rebrand Sale - Up To 50% Off Back Catalogue (CDs • LPs • DLs • Apparel) Until The End Of The Month!

Whirlwind Recordings, the London, UK-based imprint founded by Michael Janisch is celebrating a complete rebranding of the label’s logo and online look, complete with a website overhaul and migration of their old store to the new Bandcamp label page this month. To celebrate, and to say a massive thank you to all their fans for support ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Rave Reviews For New Book On The Life And Work Of Jazz Fusion Legend Billy Cobham

Rave Reviews For New Book On The Life And Work Of Jazz Fusion Legend Billy Cobham

Few musicians have transformed a genre like Panama-born, New York-raised Billy Cobham. Six Days at Ronnie Scott’s: Billy Cobham on Jazz Fusion and the Act of Creation is a one-of-a-kind oral history of a legend’s life work. From his early days with Horace Silver and Dreams to the epochal Bitches Brew sessions with Miles Davis to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Joe Louis Walker, Alasdair Roberts & Brian Jackson

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Joe Louis Walker
Pizza Express
September 15, 2018

Mostly, the US bluesman Joe Louis Walker can be heard playing incendiary electric guitar licks, but this UK mini-tour offered the rare opportunity to catch him in acoustic mode, even if this dude's definition of 'acoustic' is much meatier than most. He ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Thomas Stone, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Percy Pursglove & Martin Carthy

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Thomas Stone/Takahiro Kawaguchi
Centrala
August 9, 2018

Centrala is yet another one of those individualist art joints in the post-industrial Digbeth area of Birmingham, balancing audio and visual forms. They have a regular diet of evening performances, usually of a more unusual bent. Coming up from London, Thomas Stone was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ideas Of Noise 2018

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Ideas Of Noise
The Edge & Vivid Projects
Birmingham, England
August 3-5, 2018

Noise isn't really noise. Much of this weekender's content was somewhat sculpted, even if often rough (or scaly, or oozing) to the touch. A 'noise' outcome is usually in the eardrum of the victim, as ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2CD/Blu Ray)

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Steven Wilson
Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Eagle Records
2018

In a career now early in its fourth decade, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has bucked almost every trend in the new millennium music industry. After spending over twenty years as the driving force behind Porcupine Tree, he made ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Grand Union Orchestra at Shoreditch Town Hall on December 9th at 8pm

The Grand Union Orchestra at Shoreditch Town Hall on December 9th at 8pm

Uncharted Crossings- The Backstory of the Windrush Generation Uncharted Crossings may well be Grand Union Orchestra’s most powerful and politically committed show in its thirty-year history. The music traces the contribution to British culture of the people who came to these shores from the Caribbean from the late forties onwards. In many ways, theirs was just a chapter in a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids At Black Box

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Black Box
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
November 25, 2018

Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids filed in from the rear of the Black Box, rattling and blowing an array of exotic instruments--none more so than the leader's didgeridoo-esque horn-pipe. Winding its way to the stage, it engaged ...