For the second iteration of the series, Pouya Ehsaei will be joined by Yelfris Valdés, a Cuban trumpeter taking inspirations from Yoruba traditions and Cuban and jazz music. Yelfris has collaborated with Sierra Maestra, Chucho Valdés, Moses Boyd, Kano and Ariwo. Hammadi Rencurrell Valdes a dynamic percussionist and musical director who has worked closely with legendary dancer, Carlos Acosta, for over a decade, and been involved in the production of seminal albums like “Irakere 30 años", and Chucho Valdés’ “New Conceptions”, which was awarded a Latin Grammy. Hammadi is also the co-founder of the Cuban-Iranian band Ariwo.
John Law’s Congregation releases their latest album, CONFIGURATION, on Ubuntu Music. Captivating, anthemic melodies, mixed with powerful rhythms and grooves of subtle electronic soundscapes.
An exciting EFG London Jazz Festival double-bill from the two bands; Robocobra Quartet, with their irrisesistable improvisation-soaked take on post-punk, and Newcastle trio Archipelago, presenting their genre-fusing sound.
EFG London Jazz Festival and Kings Place are proud to present the biggest London headline show to date for Irreversible Entanglements, the liberation-oriented free jazz and spoken word collective formed by poet Camae Ayewa (aka
Cleveland Watkiss and Django Bates have travelled independent paths for the past forty years, each imparting purpose and direction to their craft, and in tonight’s concert they unite for the first time at the EFG
Anthony Joseph is an award-winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. The author of four poetry collections and three novels – his 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon was shortlisted for
Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King is considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, known both for her technical mastery and for her constant quest to push the boundaries of the instrument.In 2015 Kaki launched The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, a ground-breaking multimedia performance that used her guitar as projection screen to explore the genesis of the instrument and her relationship to it as well as her own origin story. The show toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Turkey, Japan and Brazil, marking her first foray into multimedia.
Joining Pouya Ehsaei for the third iteration of the series, Sarah Tandy is an inspiring bandleader and keyboard player whose compositions are steeped in the rich traditions of jazz whilst enthusiastically rupturing the confines of the genre. Afla Sackey, Ghanaian-born percussionist, vocalist and composer who started his creative life as a dancer with the Bukom Ensemble of Ghana, known for their infectious folk-driven rhythms. Afla’s elders soon recognised the musical potential of this youth and encouraged him with careful guidance and training. This provided the foundations upon which Sackey has developed his career in music and dance. Wonky Logic, aka Dwayne Kilvington, who is an upcoming force on the left-field hip-hop scene – blending soulful electronics with crunk beats.
Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra are joined by one of London Unwrapped’s Artists in Residence, the composer, band-leader and saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi for a special new London Unwrapped collaboration with members of her SEED Ensemble.
Without doubt the most celebrated gypsy jazz guitarist since Django Reinhardt and arguably the finest jazz guitarist in Europe right now, the Dutch Sinti Gypsy Stochelo Rosenberg has performed at the world's major jazz festivals.