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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preview: Vieux Farka Touré @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

September 20, 2013

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Tweet this. The son of a great man he may be, but Vieux Farka Touré is a major artist in his own right. A desert blues guitarist of great elegance and subtlety, the offspring of the late, great Ali Farka is also an engaging singer and songwriter. Vieux’s latest album, Mon Pays (more from Robin […]

News: disappointment as BBC Radio 3 cuts World Routes

September 18, 2013

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Tweet this. The best world music show on the radio, BBC Radio 3′s World Routes,  presented by the brilliant Lucy Duran, has been cut in a change of the weekend schedule at the station.   The World Routes Academy, a mentoring scheme that brings together big-name artists with emerging names, and which had success at […]

Does the “jazzbro” exist in London?

August 1, 2013

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Tweet this. What is a “jazzbro”? This is the description  from David A. Graham, an associate editor at The Atlantic, in response to another column in the Jazz Times by Nate Chinen about this rare breed, aficionados of the music with hipster-ish tendencies: …the jazzbro is usually between the ages of 18 and 34 and is most […]

New album must have: Simo Lagnawi – Gnawa London

June 25, 2013

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Tweet this. Simo Lagnawi is Moroccan-Londoner and a musician you’re all going to hear a lot more about. He has been on the live music scene for a while, performing with world-fusion bands, but chose to record a debut album of the purest Gnawa, the trance-like, spiritual music from his homeland. It’s an outstanding piece […]

Review: Freshlyground @ the Jazz Cafe

May 7, 2013

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Tweet this. They may not be that well known in the UK but South African septet Freshlyground are popular enough to fill out Jazz Cafe. Toes were much trodden on in the sweaty, hip-shaking main floor of the Camden venue. Most world music fans will know the band through Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), […]

Preview: Shostakovich – Orango (prologue) / Philharmonia Orchestra

May 6, 2013

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Tweet this. By Rob Edgar “Shostakovich wrote this prologue, probably played it through but then somebody somewhere said ‘we don’t think so’, and on that it stopped,” Gerard McBurney, a leading expert on the enigmatic Soviet composer, tells me. “There’s no scholarly proof as to why this happened but my guess is that a moment […]

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