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

October 28, 2013 by


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 […]

2013 London Jazz Festival launches at St Pancras Hotel

September 30, 2013 by


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 by


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 […]

Preview: Shostakovich – Orango (prologue) / Philharmonia Orchestra

May 6, 2013 by


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 […]

News: AAM to headline National Gallery Vermeer show

March 28, 2013 by

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Tweet this. This on Londonist today… Live music in London’s art galleries and museums is not uncommon. The ICA hosts regular gigs and the National Portrait Gallery features live music as part of its Thursday and Friday night Late Shift series. Tate Modern has run the highest profile art-music love-in with the recent Kraftwerk gigs, […]

Preview: Pioneers Of Electronic Music Festival

February 14, 2013 by


Tweet this. This on Londonist today… Composer Gabriel Prokofiev, founder of the classical club series Nonclassical, is presenting an ambitious electronic music festival in East London in March. Running from 6 to 17 March, the event wraps together performances, film screenings, talks and workshops at venues including The Macbeth in Hoxton, the Hackney Picturehouse, Rio […]

London stars in new Sam Lee music video

January 30, 2013 by

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From Londonist today… Sam Lee, has released a new music video ahead of this evening’s BBC Folk Awards. The Mercury Award-nominated singer (who you can hear speaking on Londonist Out Loud here) is up for three gongs at the Glasgow ceremony. London-born Lee, who is also a live music promoter and folk song collector, is filmed […]

Preview: The Rest Is Noise Festival @ Southbank Centre

January 16, 2013 by

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One of the most ambitious ever feats of arts programming in London launches this Saturday. The Rest Is Noise festival (TRIN), inspired by New Yorker writer Alex Ross’s seminal book, will chart the music of the 20th century. Starting with Richard Strauss (the book opens with the premiere of Salome) and finishing somewhere around John […]

Preview: Top London Christmas Concerts 2012

December 4, 2012 by

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This post was written for Forget the Oxford Street lights and nauseating John Lewis ad, the Christmas season really starts when churches and venues start filling up for carol concerts and Christmas gigs. Arts venues pitch in with Advent events, creating Christmas music programmes from the traditions of classical, jazz and folk music. Here are 10 […]

Preview: Brodsky Quartet – Wheel of 4 Tunes @ Kings Place

December 3, 2012 by


Kings Place Hall One, Saturday 8th December, 7.30pm The Brodsky Quartet has something very different up its sleeve for the final concert of next weekend’s three-concert series. It may even be a genuine first: a spinning wheel will be allotted the role of deciding the whole concert programme. “It’s our 40th birthday party,” violist Paul Cassidy told me when […]

Preview: London Jazz Festival on a budget

November 2, 2012 by

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This post was originally written for London’s annual ten-day jazz takeover launches a week today (the festival runs from 9 to 18 November) and the 2012 festival is more ambitious than ever. With hundreds of events at dozens of venues, jazz tentacles will spread out across the entire city. Ticket sales for the festival […]

Preview: Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival

October 19, 2012 by

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By Rob Edgar On 20 and 21 October 2012, St Mary’s Old Church and Ryan’s Bar in Stoke Newington are home to the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival. The area hosts many arts festivals from literature to band nights but until now, there has never been a festival devoted entirely to contemporary composition post-1950. Consortium5 are […]

Preview: Neil Cowley Trio + Goldsmiths (Big) Strings (LJF)

October 10, 2012 by


Ever a fan of jazz-meets-classical combos, I thought I’d give a bit of airtime to an exciting event coming up next month. With November just around the corner again it means we’ve already started building up for the annual London Jazz Festival, and Neil Cowley Trio, recently shortlisted for the Association of Independent Music’s (AIM) Genre […]

Why don’t you try… The upstairs bar at Ronnie Scott’s

September 25, 2012 by

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This article was originally written for The interior of Soho’s finest, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, may be best known for the distinctive red-shaded lights and booth seating of its main club, but it isn’t the only performance space within the Frith Street venue. For music fans looking to experience the club’s atmosphere but not […]


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