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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 ...

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Vula Viel

"One of my discoveries for the 2015 London Jazz Festival.. Good is Good" Gilles Peterson "Beautiful" "Dance to it, Make Love to it, Consume it, Listen to it, Stare at the Clouds to it.." Iggy Pop "They were the unexpected stars of a glitzy show " John Fordham "One of the most exciting young UK groups I've heard this year, Vula Viel" Jez Nelson Forward-thinking UK trio Vula Viel release their sophomore album, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ on 25th January 2019, continuing their unique musical journey centred around the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone). The band’s new set confidently weaves sparse polyrhythms and intricate rhythm structures around bandleader Bex Burch’s Gyil lines and take the instrument’s sound into new territory, with bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Rokia Traore) and drummer Jim Hart (Cloudmakers, Ralph Alessi, Electric Biddle) introducing a rough, post-punk edge to the band’s sound. In Bex’s own words: “I have loved making this music

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Bex Burch

Bex Burch is percussionist specialising in the Dagaare xylophone or Gyil. Following a series of chance encounters and a keen interest in groove based music / minimalism Burch was invited to be the apprentice to master Ghanaian xylophonist Thomas Segkura and lived in Dagaare Ghana making and playing Gyilli for 3 years. On passing out of the apprenticeship, she was given the name ‘Vula Viel’, meaning Good is Good and shared the name with her own group on returning to UK. As a performer on percussion and Gyil, with Vula Viel Bex has performed in venues and festivals including Cafe OTO, Purcell Room Royal Festival Hall, and Latitude festival and released the acclaimed album Good is Good in 2015. January 25th 2019 sees the release of sophomore album, 'Do Not Be Afraid'

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 ...

Julian Costello

Julian Costello is a London-based saxophonist, composer and teacher. He studied at Trinity College of Music and writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet. He plays in a number of Jazz Big Bands, in a Vocal/Cello and Guitar trio and in a World Music trio called Vertigo with Tabla/Percussion, Oud/Guitar and Soprano Saxophone. Transitions, the latest album by the Julian Costello Quartet was released on 33 Jazz Records. It was recorded at Artesuono Studios in Italy and mixed and mastered by ECM engineer Stefano Amerio. This new quirky quartet has completed two tours of the UK with support from The Arts Council of England and concerts in France

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 ...

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L. S. Zeickner

ABOUT L. S. Zeickner is a 22 year old composer, painter and multi-instrumentalist from London, UK and Edo, Nigeria. His compositions, described as "cinematic" and diverse, span multiple genres and have been released under various pseudonyms since 2011. His classical and jazz pieces for piano, published under his abbreviated real name, have garnered attention and praise worldwide. ​

Arnaud Guichard

Arnaud Guichard is a Belgian born saxophonist and composer based in London. Since he arrived in the UK in 2013, Arnaud performed as a sideman and as a leader with the renowned jazz musicians Zoe Rahman, Mark Lockheart, Simon Purcell, Mick Foster, Dave Wickins and Moses Boyd. Arnaud studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he was awarded the Jon Hassal prize for jazz in 2015 before graduating in 2016. His latest work as a bandleader ‘Serendip’ is a project that reflects Arnaud’s early influences from the ‘Symphony Fantastique’ by Berlioz. ‘Serendip’ cultivates the essence of program music using the Persian tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ as an extra-musical narrative. Since its start in 2017 ‘Serendip’ played at Jazz in The Round, The Vortex Jazz Club, Jazz Live at The crypt amongst others and released its first album ‘The Tale’ at Total Refreshment Centre in May 2018