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

November 16, 2013 by


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. […]

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

October 27, 2013 by


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 […]

Review: Freshlyground @ the Jazz Cafe

May 7, 2013 by


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), […]

Review: Carlos Núñez, Philip Pickett & Musicians of the Globe @ QEH

February 2, 2013 by


“Here we have two monsters,” said Carlos Núñez, introducing a pair of bagpipes (including his signature Galician gaita) towards the end of the first set with new collaborator Philip Pickett last night. But until the three rounds of encores, when proceedings erupted into foot-stamping delirium, Núñez played his monsters only briefly and at a volume […]

Review: Platform 33 first anniversary @ the Nursery

January 21, 2013 by


Platform 33 (so called because each artist gets 33 minutes to perform) is a musical and cultural movement started by Chloe Booker. The idea is to bring a wide variety of contemporary ensembles to audiences who are likely to shun the pomp and ceremony of the concert hall. Saturday saw a collaboration with like-minded collective/music […]

Review: LSO / Gergiev @ the Barbican

December 21, 2012 by

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London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor) Szymanowski – Symphony No.4 (‘Symphonie Concertante’) & Violin Concerto No.2 Brahms – Symphony No.4 Wednesday 19th December 2012 One question everybody in London’s classical music world has been asking lately: what on earth convinced Valery Gergiev to programme Szymanowski and Brahms together? It’s a difficult question to answer. On […]

Review: Yellow Lounge at Old Vic Tunnels

December 13, 2012 by

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Monday 10 December 2012 It’s a troubling question and one that exercises the minds and the wallets of record companies: how do you sell classical music to a younger audience? Universal Records have attempted to solve the problem with a London edition of the Yellow Lounge (a popular club night in Berlin where it has been running since […]

Review: BBC Concert Orchestra – Exstatica @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

November 21, 2012 by

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Monday’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by the BBC Concert Orchestra under principal conductor Keith Lockhart presented varied pieces based around the feeling of ecstasy, through synesthesia, eroticism and/or movement. Michael Torke’s arresting piece Ecstatic Orange deals with associations between sound and colour; built on a hexachord. Torke maintains variety and a sense of motion by keeping rhythmic devices circling […]

Review: London Jazz Festival round-up

November 20, 2012 by

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Phew, what a busy last couple of weeks. I attended London Jazz Festival gigs seven days in a row in aid of a review round-up of events outside the main arts centres for The Arts Desk (read here). Schlepping across London was occasionally wearing but in the main it was a privilege to see the […]

Review: Neil Cowley Trio + Goldsmiths (Big) Strings @ Barbican, LJF

November 18, 2012 by


A tremendous showman, Neil Cowley conducted one of the most enjoyable gigs I’ve seen for a long time at the Barbican on Saturday afternoon. In a perpetual rush to clear out before Chick Corea headlined the festival that evening, the trio valued every second on stage and crammed in a huge chunk of material from […]

Review: King Creosote & Jon Hopkins + Lau @ Kings Place

October 21, 2012 by

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The curated mini-residency from the extraordinary contemporary Scottish folk trio Lau concluded last night with an intriguing two-part gig in Hall One at Kings Place. Lau gave up the headline spot to Scottish singer-songerwriter Kenny “King Cresote” Anderson and his partnership with pianist Jon Hopkins, demoting themselves to a first half that was no mere […]

Review: Manu Chao @ Peace Gardens, Brixton

September 30, 2012 by

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29 October 2012 It was a coup for Brixton Come Together, a weekend community festival held in the Peace Gardens attached to St Matthew’s Church, to attract Manu Chao as headline act. Yet, global music star he may be, Chao is not a stranger to South London. He is close to Colombiage, a Brixton-based charity […]

Review: Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin @ Glaziers Hall, SE1

August 10, 2012 by

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Until recently I hadn’t realised that Olympic nations were setting up their own ‘hospitality houses’ throughout the Games to entertain athletes, expats and VIPs. And I would have missed them entirely were it not for the Swiss takeover of Glaziers Hall, which looks over the Thames from the south side of London Bridge. At an outdoor […]

Review: Mercury Quartet @ Institut Français

June 6, 2012 by

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29 May 2012 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT Vlad Maistorovici violin Corentin Chassard cello Harry Cameron-Penny clarinet Antoine Francoise piano Hannah Grayson flutes Serge Vuille vibraphone Robin Green conductor The Mercury Quartet are an emerging group of young performers who have already built up a formidable reputation, and were the first winners of the […]


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