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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 Are you alive?
 Are you loved?
 What’s not enough about that?! Following the acclaimed release of ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ and a busy tour that took them from UK to Europe and back, including a stellar performance at Womad captured by BBC Radio 3, Vula Viel return with a new album

What's Not Enough About That?

Label: Vula Viel Records
Released: 2020

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Collocutor: Continuation

Read "Continuation" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Viewing the CV of musician-composer Tamar Osborn is like watching a tapestry unfurl in bewildering detail. Having started out on clarinet and saxophone, performing mostly classical works, she later studied rhythms and ragas in India, then collaborated with a vast array of talents, often fusing Afrobeat and Ethio-funk into jazzy paradigms. She was part of the ...

Do Not Be Afraid

Label: Vula Viel Records
Released: 2019

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble: Where Future Unfolds

Read "Where Future Unfolds" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

A creative force known as the Black Renaissance emerged on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s and developed through the next decades. This movement produced visual artists, writers and musicians, who explored new ideals of black culture via theatre, art works and composition to address social issues. Damon Locks might seem a modern torch-bearer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vula Viel And Peter Zummo at Cafe Oto

Read "Vula Viel And Peter Zummo at Cafe Oto" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

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 ...

MUSICIAN Born:

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 Moers Festival, Willisau Jazz Festival, Bezau Beatz, WOMAD, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cafe OTO, Purcell Room Royal Festival Hall, and Latitude festival and released the acclaimed album Good is Good in 2015, Do Not Be Afraid in 2019 and 'What's Not Enough About That' in 2020. As a composer, Bex was selected from hundreds of applications to become one of Sound and Music’s first New Voices and continues to develop her unique voice on both for Vula Viel and further afield

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vula Viel: Do Not Be Afraid

Read "Do Not Be Afraid" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Having once wowed audiences at the London Jazz Festival, Vula Viel acquired a more unlikely fan in the shape of Iggy Pop. Maybe it's this trio's post- punk verve that grabbed the Stooges frontman, or Pop might have been seduced by hearing the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in such an original context. Bex Burch was ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Phenomenal Women To Watch

Read "Phenomenal Women To Watch" reviewed by Emily Jones

Welcome to Audioguide, a new monthly DJ set created for All About Jazz. Gathering new music from across Europe, the USA and sometimes further afield, I'll bring you a different window on jazz each month. There will always be a theme to guide the selections (although it is never intended to be a “best of' collection) ...

Good is Good

Label: Vula Viel Records
Released: 2015


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