Soundcrash presents a celebration of live Jazz in its many variants; from Seun Kuti’s devastatingly infectious Afrobeat to Jazzanova’s love affair with electronica and Matthew Halsall’s deep spiritual jazz. We’re in for a very special evening of music excellence. Join us!
With the mighty From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his father, the legendary Fela Kuti. The album sees Seun, who began performing with Egypt 80 when he was just 9 years old, find his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and bandleader. Its songs and sonic approach are marked by a provocative edge, militant precision and mature self-assurance, setting the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era. The band’s explosive power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy has rightfully earned the group worldwide acclaim as, in the words of Brian Eno, some of the “biggest, wildest, livest music on the planet”
The Jazzanova collective belongs to a small, worldwide group of incredibly influential innovators of dancefloor, jazz, broken beat, funk and soul. Their signature sounds are guaranteed to take you on a trip, mixing and matching genres as wide ranging as the hip hop that remains their roots, Brazilian samba and the ever elegant and precise German techno. Their worldwide travel only ensures the diversity of this palette, and with the implementation of a live band to augment their sound and the elegant vocal tones of Paul Randolph you are sure to be treated to something very special indeed. Tonight jazzanova will be performing live with their 9 piece band. Don’t miss out.
Trumpeter, bandleader and occasional DJ Matthew Halsall is already one of the UK’s most talented artists. His beautiful, expressive tone is inspired by the transcendental, modal jazz of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders and his albums have drawn accolades from Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum and BBC Music. His third album ‘On The Go’ is a heartfelt love letter to the jazz of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s: sparse, beautiful, precise. This soulful effort breathes with a personality of its own, a modern sound that has been described as “Kind of Blue meets The Cinematic Orchestra”. Massively recommended.