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The  Beat feat. Ranking Roger
The Beat feat. Ranking Roger

The truly great bands are the ones you recognise in an instant – from a snatch of vocal, an inimitable snap and swagger of rhythm, a sonic fingerprint that says this could not possibly be anyone else.

The Beat feat. Ranking Roger

The truly great bands are the ones you recognise in an instant – from a snatch of vocal, an inimitable snap and swagger of rhythm, a sonic fingerprint that says this could not possibly be anyone else.

That’s the way it is with ‘Bounce’, the spectacular new fourth album by first-generation 2 Tone skankers turned purveyors of joyous political pop The Beat. From the clipped and hectic rude boy shuffle of new tunes ‘Avoid The Obvious’ to the chiming sunshine pop romance of ‘Heaven Hiding’ through to ‘Fire Burn’’s heavy-duty righteousness, ‘Bounce’ shows off every gleaming aspect of the most musically diverse band to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. ‘Bounce’ is the first album from The Beat in over 30 years and released on independent label DMF Records.

The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Stand Down Margaret’ and ‘Too Nice To Talk To’ – reggae looseness plus razor-sharp songwriting meets the paranoid pace of punk – is here again. It’s all been re-rubbed, freshened and refracted through the multiple dance sounds that followed on from 2 Tone, all the black-meets- white, bass-meets- melody mashups that The Beat helped to trigger. Look into the DNA of every generation of British ravers from The Prodigy through drum’n’bass to UK grime and you’ll find traces of The Beat in there.

Joining Roger in the revitalised Beat is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy, a powerhouse MC who adds a new dimension to The Beat’s live shows, along with drummers Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene and Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself . The line-up is completed by Chiko Hamilton on sax, bass guitar Andy Pearson, guitarist Steve Harper and Bobby Bird whose background in ambient dub as Higher Intelligence Agency brings a new psychedelic dimension to The Beat.

Manu Delago
Manu Delago

“Amazing percussionist and Hang player” – Björk 

The world’s leading Hang player, Manu Delago has had over five million YouTube views and featured heavily in BBC Radio 4’s recent documentary on the instrument. The live show of Manu Delago Handmade is a definite must-see. The performance is delicate and sophisticated, moving with ease between heavily rhythmic and free-flowing spherical sections.

Manu Delago

The “masterful and sensitive musician“ (The Telegraph) has also performed and recorded as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with various artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Shpongle, Bugge Wesseltoft or The Cinematic Orchestra. 

His solo career began in 2007 when he uploaded a video onto Youtube in which he plays the Hang, a UFO-like hand-played sound sculpture. Now that video is the most popular Hang video in the internet and has been viewed more than 4 million times. Soon after, the “virtuoso on the Hang“ (The Times) formed his own band which has since played concerts on five continents.

For the new album the band "Manu Delago Handmade" has teamed up with producer Matt Robertson. The new material explores a vast array of sounds, ranging from sweet and delicate vocal lines with colourful Hang accompaniment, all the way through to chunky, electronic beats. The sound of the band is mature and well balanced, they have a real understanding of orchestration, moulding and continually changing the texture to create a different sound world with each piece. 

From February 2017 onwards Manu Delago will be touring the new album with his band which features Isa Kurz (vocals, violin & keys) and Chris Norz (beats & timpani). The performance is delicate and sophisticated, moving with ease between heavily rhythmic and free-flowing spherical sections. Each of the three performers takes on several instruments, displaying the great musical diversity of every member of the ensemble, a definite must-see.

The live show of Manu Delago Handmade is a definite must-see. The performance is delicate and sophisticated, moving with ease between heavily rhythmic and free-flowing spherical sections. Each of the four performers takes on several instruments, displaying the great musical diversity of every member of the ensemble.

Flook
Flook

Flook is an Irish band playing traditional-style instrumental music, much of it penned by the band themselves. Their music is typified by extremely fast, sometimes percussive, flute and whistle atop complex guitar and bodhrán rhythms.

 

Flook at Chasty Sveta

Flook is an Irish band playing traditional-style instrumental music, much of it penned by the band themselves. Their music is typified by extremely fast, sometimes percussive, flute and whistle atop complex guitar and bodhrán rhythms.

The band was formed in 1995, originally by Becky Morris, with three flute-playing friends Sarah Allen, Brian Finnegan and Michael McGoldrick, (who left in 1997 to join Capercaillie). The band was briefly known as Three Nations Flutes.

Flook's 10th anniversary tour for Folkworks, included a concert at the Purcell Room (on 7 November 2005) as part of a week of "Folk in the Fall" on London's South Bank and another at the new Sage Gateshead concert hall on the south bank of the River Tyne on 10 November 2005. Their third studio album, Haven, was released in October 2005.

At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2006, Flook were awarded the award for Best Group. They also gave a short performance during the ceremony.

In December 2008 the band sent a Christmas message saying they were disbanding. "We wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas and also to share some news with you," said a band press release. "After 13-plus years, hundreds of gigs, millions of miles traveled together and countless brilliant times, we've decided to call it a day. It might be forever or a prolonged pause, who knows, but we're all still great friends and will always remain so. This might sound like a cliché but it is deeply truthful."

The group reformed (briefly) for an appearance on the BBC Northern Ireland programme, Blas Ceoil.

Flook are now back together in 2013 and are currently touring.

http://www.flook.co.uk/

Aquarium International
Aquarium International

BG. B for Boris. G for Grebenshikov. Boris Grebenshikov is extremely popular. His band, Aquarium, performs to packed houses. The band that accompanies Grebenshikov in concert has become cross-border. The “Russian Bob Dylan” thus recorded in the U.S.A in 1997, accompanied by his American counterpart’s musicians: The Band. Grebenshikov can now allow himself the luxury of inviting great masters of traditional instruments on some of his songs: the Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan, the Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia or the American guitarist Henry Kaiser. In 2015 he made a record with Robert Wyatt. For Grebenshikov, recent years have indeed been marked by the exploration of a new world of borderless possibilities.

BG

BG. B for Boris. G for Grebenshikov. In Russia and Ukraine, in Belarus and Latvia, as well as in many other former Soviet Union countries, these initials immediately identify the man who, at 60, has often been considered as the greatest living Russian poet and singer and is a real cult hero there. Bilingual mathematician Boris Grebenshikov has also been known in the West since 1986 and the U.S. release of “Red Wave”, the first compilation of rock music from St Petersburg. Three years later, MTV audiences could see him on video clips, singing in English, and he was likened to a “Russian Bob Dylan, David Bowie or Marc Bolan” depending on the critics. Every Western journalist was trying to find an equivalent to the multiform talent of Boris, who had signed with CBS/Columbia. 

Boris Grebenshikov was not the first Soviet citizen seduced by rock and roll even though this music style, which communist ideologists considered as a sort of bourgeois perversion, was not to be found in record shops. He was not the first one singing rock in Russian or wearing long hair and faded jeans. But he was the first to fully pass on the whole Western spirit of his time. BG really is The Godfather of Russian rock. But he is also The Godfather of Russian reggae. And…he invented Russian Celtic music as well! He assimilated the cultures of the wide world and adapted them for present-day Russian-speakers. 

If he was discovering the outside world during the Soviet Eighties, when it was impossible to actually set foot across the Iron Curtain, the Capitalist Nineties were the years when he “discovered his own country” as he now says, visiting just about every Russian city and small town that had a concert venue. The “endless tour” that he undertook right after Russia became independent from the Soviet Union and that he still pursues today– have proved another inexhaustible source of inspiration for his songs.

Boris Grebenshikov is extremely popular. His band, Aquarium, performs to packed houses. People are ready to pay a hundred dollars to see BG. But don’t look for his villa on the French Riviera. All his earnings go to the next albums, so that he can record his songs exactly as he hears them. One song calls for a full orchestra? He rents a great royal orchestra with a great conductor – and to record it he has to have the famous Beatles studio, Abbey Road… 

For Grebenshikov, recent years have indeed been marked by the exploration of a new world of borderless possibilities. The “Russian Bob Dylan” thus recorded in the U.S.A in 1997, accompanied by his American counterpart’s musicians: The Band. In 1999, he revamped his blues in the electronic mirrors of Great Britain.

Grebenshikov can now allow himself the luxury of inviting great masters of traditional instruments on some of his songs: the Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan, the Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia or the American guitarist Henry Kaiser. In 2015 he made a record with Robert Wyatt.

The band that accompanies Grebenshikov in concert has also become cross-border. "Elements of Light" will be the place to come and taste this band!

Albert Kuvesin and Yat-Kha
Albert Kuvesin and Yat-Kha

The music of Yat-Kha is an organic mix of rock and musical traditions of Siberian and Central Asian peoples. Albert Kuvesin, founder& led of Yat-Kha, was never a typical traditionalist, and his recordings with Yat-Kha have included folk songs, furious electric guitar work and cover versions of songs by his western heroes, including Led Zeppelin. For almost 20 years the band have made several Worldwide, European, Russian and Siberian tours, participated in hundreds of festivals around the world.

yat-kha

Albert Kuvesin has always been a maverick. He comes from Tuva, out on the borders of Siberia and western Mongolia, where he became an expert in the extraordinary local style of throat singing, which allows him to hold two notes at once while producing strange, deep growling effects. But he was never a typical traditionalist, and his recordings with Yat-Kha have included folk songs, furious electric guitar work and cover versions of songs by his western heroes, including Led Zeppelin.

Now he has changed direction yet again, moving to the remote Scottish island of Jura and the studio of producer and multi-instrumentalist Giles Perring to record this unlikely but often compelling set, which combines throat singing with Japanese poetry (which clearly fascinates Kuvesin) and sturdy acoustic melodies, performed by the now all-British members of the latest version of Yat-Kha. Kuvesin recites much in the way that he sings, with an extraordinary, deep growl, and his readings are matched by equally surprising and varied melodic backing work by the band.

For almost 20 years the band have made several Worldwide, European, Russian and Siberian tours, participated in hundreds of festivals around the world such as WOMAD, WOMEX, Glastonbury, Reading, Roskilde, Sfinks, Chicago World Music Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Quebec Summer Fest, Meltdown, Riddu Riddu, and others.

Duo Mosalini-Grouet
Duo Mosalini-Grouet

This duo presents a combination of two tango pioneer instruments, which had nonetheless never been associated before the seventies, the bandoneon replacing the flute in the second half of the twentieth century. 

 

Duo Mosalini-Grouet

This duo presents a combination of two tango pioneer instruments, which had nonetheless never been associated before the seventies, the bandoneon replacing the flute in the second half of the twentieth century. 

Both stir emotions, by revisiting tango masterpieces as well as  contemporary compositions and Argentinian music in a broad sense. Juan José Mosalini and Nathalie Grouet become the interpreters of great composers such as la Guardia Vieja, Gardel and  Arolas,  Guardia Nueva as well as  Troilo, Piazzolla, Ginastera et Mosalini.

https://www.duomosalinigrouet.com/