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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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

WOMAD 2018

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WOMAD 2018
Charlton Park
Malmesbury, England
July 26-29, 2018

If festivals might have become bonded to female performer quotients (or not, depending on the individual festival), there is no potential negative effect when selected artists are of the high calibre presented at this year's WOMAD. Indeed, most of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

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In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
June 25, 2018

In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles.

Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

John Lennon's Imagine: The Ultimate Collection & Imagine/Gimme Some Truth Films

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While hardly a new idea, with so many classic artists and recordings now hitting forty and fifty-year milestones, there's been a proliferation of deluxe and super deluxe editions of major albums from the '60s and '70s in recent years. While some are better (and better value for money) than others, the market for surround sound mixes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Supersonic 2018

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Supersonic
Birmingham, England
June 22-24, 2018

Running since 2003, the Supersonic festival specialises in musics that press firmly against the limits of cranial perception, whether expanding from deep inside our inner liquids, or fracturing in unexpectedly like a bolt of intrusive alien contaminate. Supersonic sounds can be minimalist and meditational, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival 2018

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The third Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival took place over six separate days in October, but the undoubted centerpiece was the day long series of concerts held in St. Luke's Church on Saturday 13 October in front of a healthy-sized audience. Adventurous programming embraced a range of styles which taken together gave a well-rounded definition of what ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Harris tribute at the Lighthouse Arts Centre

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Zaum, Jan Kopinksi and friends
Lighthouse Arts Centre
Poole, Dorset
September 28, 2018

Steve Harris--educator, facilitator, composer and master drummer--was born on 16 August 1948 and died on 11 January 2008. For some years he lived in Dorset, contributing a great deal to the arts scene, especially in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham & Gent: David Byrne

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David Byrne

Symphony Hall
Birmingham
England
June 17, 2018

As each show piles up, on this year's seemingly eternal David Byrne tour, we can relish the wonderment of extreme precision, of rehearsals that become daily life. Conversely, as the old Talking Head rolls off, planning to ...