Album review: Neil Cowley Trio – Touch and Flee (Naim)

June 14, 2014
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It’s been two years since Neil Cowley Trio released their string inspired The Face of Mount Molehill. This month their latest offering, Touch and Flee, brings it all back to the trio. The run time of this album isn’t that long – there are only nine tracks and, as with other Neil Cowley releases, none […]

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Album review: John Harle & Marc Almond – The Tyburn Tree (Sospiro Noir)

February 16, 2014
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On their most recent outing together – the concept album Art Music, which was also reviewed on these pages – Marc Almond’s voice fitted beautifully to Harle’s score on the few tracks he featured on. At the time they were already working on The Tyburn Tree, and a whole album to explore what they can […]

Album of the year 2013…

December 31, 2013
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Simo Lagnawi’s Gnawa London and Bassekou Kouyate’s Jama Ko were the runners-up, but my favourite album of this year is low-key and comes out of left-field. It is The Auld Harp by Olov Johansson and Catriona Mackay. This nyckelharpa (Swedish key harp) and Scottish harp duo have produced a bewitching set of tender, nostalgic and dance-filled music. […]

Is there a sustainable future for arts journalism?

December 30, 2013
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As the New Year approaches, I wonder what 2014 holds for arts journalism. Which newspaper will be next to cut specialist music coverage? Which niche publications will go under? More than perhaps any other field within journalism, the arts is being attacked on all sides. While the industry continues to crave critical praise for its […]

New year, new name…

December 28, 2013
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Crepuscular: resembling or relating to twilight. A small re-brand for the New Year: we’ve changed the title of this blog from Culture Capital to Crepuscule Culture. The idea is to make these pages a little less review- and strictly London-focused, a bit more thoughtful and generally more, well, bloggy. To have a distinctive title that […]

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Album Review: Fringe Magnetic – Clocca (Loop Records)

December 10, 2013
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At first disquieting and then reassuringly warm, the opening track to Fringe Magnetic’s Clocca sets the tone for Fringe Magnetic’s third and final album. The album cover doesn’t do a bad job either, a creepy night-time scene featuring a girl in the woods with a flaming torch, like something out of one of those fairy […]

Review: Annbjørg Lien & Roger Tallroth @ KingsPlace (Scene Norway 2)

November 16, 2013
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Tweet this. It’s not only the Danes, with their riveting TV dramas, who are bringing Scandi culture to the UK. At Kings Place, which itself has a Nordic feel with it’s wood-panelled concert hall, Scene Norway 2 kicked off last night, the venue’s second series in five years dedicated to the music of that country. […]

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Album review: Tigran – Shadow Theatre (Universal)

November 3, 2013
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I only heard this album, by Armenian pianist Tigran, for first time the other night and wasn’t sure if I’d had time to write up my thoughts before the release date, but when I listened to it I knew after about 60 seconds that I had to make time to write about it as I […]

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Round-up: the best world, jazz & folk links #2

October 28, 2013
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A Sunday/Monday morning summary of some of the finest articles, reviews, video, audio and links of the week just gone. Reviews: Live review: Clive Davis in the Times on the Mingus Big Band at Ronnie Scott’s (£) Album review: also by Clive Davis, this time in the Sunday Times, on the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio […]

Posted in: Jazz, Previews, World/Folk

Album review: Matana Roberts – ‘Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile’

October 27, 2013
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Tweet this. Chicago-born and NY-based alto saxophonist Matana Roberts is one of the most interesting figures in modern jazz. Both a composer and scintillating improviser, Roberts is also an original thinker about music and culture, which can be seen in her recording projects as well as her online presence (she shares lots of interesting visual […]

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Round-up: the best world, jazz & folk content #1

October 20, 2013
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A new Sunday/Monday morning summary of some of the finest articles, reviews, video, audio and links of the week just gone. Let us know what you think… Reviews of the week: Live review: Çiğdem Aslan @ The Vortex, by Simon Broughton in the Standard Live review: Empirical/Benyounes Quartet @ the Purcell Room, by John Fordham in […]

Posted in: Jazz, News, World/Folk

Album review: John Harle – Art Music (Sospiro Records)

October 14, 2013
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Tweet this. To do justice to the vision for this album you really need to hear the inspiration in the composer’s own words. “Music is painting. Music and painting are both about capturing the essence of something.” British saxophonist and composer John Harle equates the emotion experienced viewing art directly with music, “The paintings that […]

Album review: Arun Ghosh – A South Asian Suite (Camoci records)

October 9, 2013
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Tweet this. Originally conceived back in 2010 and premiered by Manchester Mega Mela and the PRS for Music Foundation, clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh’s A South Asian Suite is finally due to be released as an album this month. Depicting five countries of the subcontinent, the listener is taken on an auditory tour of these landscapes […]

2013 London Jazz Festival launches at St Pancras Hotel

September 30, 2013
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Tweet this. It’s that blessed time of year again. The London Jazz Festival — this year with a bank, EFG, replacing Radio 3 as its main sponsor — celebrates its 21st birthday with another 10-day takeover of London (15 to 24 November). The festival was launched this evening in a swanky, if rather flat (no […]

Posted in: Festivals, Jazz, Previews
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