A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 36: Soweto Kinch

Posted by: russell on August 24, 2016 @ 11:50 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Soweto14Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.

Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampad’s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India for a month.

Most recently, he has collaborated with the BBC and Drum and Bass producer Goldie. By Royal Appointment is 3-part prime time reality music show, following Goldie, Soweto, Guy Chamber and Ms Dynamite as they discover and coach a group of 12 vulnerable young mentees towards their first live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace. Kinch, describe how the programme (due for transmission on the 23rd February, 2011) really allowed him to extended his work as an curator and mentor, “it was a radically fresh approach to discovering and nurturing new talent, and an antedote to the usual pop formulae and manufactured music.”

The Flyover Show is Soweto’s flagship project. Currently in its 5th year, this groundbreaking daylong, music and arts festival takes place in its unusual setting beneath a motorway flyover in Birmingham. 2011’s years event continued a theme from 2010, celebrating black male icons who’ve been influential in successful in redefining Britishness. Featuring artists as divergent as Goldie, Akala and Omar the festival continues to build on its reputation, bringing world class rostra to an often neglected corner of inner city Birmingham – its previous guests having included Bashy, Ms Dynamite, Janet Kay, Ty, Speech Debelle and Jonzi D to name a few.

Following on from links made during his time in India and South Africa, Soweto is preparing to extend the The Flyover Show concept, globally: taking breakout performances abroad and working with artists from the Dharavi slum of Mumbai and in Johannesburg. The vision and impact of this idea continues to grow, transforming derelict and abandoned spaces into exciting creative spaces, and presenting a new model of urban renewal.

Kinch also continues to curate seasons of The Live Box, a Birmingham based jam session and showcase that has been run from venues across Birmingham for over 9 years. Moreover, he was invited as a special guest curator at the Harrogate Festival 2011.

Soweto’s 2010 release The New Emancipation drew its inspiration from 19th century work songs and early blues, exploring the modern resonances of the emancipation story. From debt/wage slavery, to creative oppression in the music industry and ideas of race in a post-Obama age it combined this rich musical inheritance and revisited it with stellar jazz ensemble and modern hip hop production. Number one on the Rise Best Albums of 2010, the album featured a prestigious international lineup, including Byron Wallen, Justin Brown (US), Eska Mtungwazi, Femi Temowo, Shabaka Hutchings and Harry Brown among others.

The ‘Legend of Mike Smith’ tour sees Soweto Kinch presenting all new material in anticipation of a new album of the same name. The performance draws on Dante and The Seven Deadly sins, telling the tale of a young MC caught in a very modern world of temptation. Featuring a core trio including Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Shaney Forbes on Drums the subject matter allows Kinch to explore the full breadth of human emotion in Hip Hop and jazz form. It will be touring extensively from February 2013 onwards.

‘I’m really excited about these shows, the stripped trio format allows me more harmonic freedom and space to deliver lyrics. Moreover, I’m excited about integrating new things into the show, such as tenor sax and live looping’ – Soweto Kinch

‘A real tour de force – a contemporary take on The Seven Deadly Sins’. John Fordham – The Guardian ****

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New Sanctuary | Agosto

Posted by: russell on August 12, 2016 @ 1:07 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads

 

Agosto. Maybe the most “straight ahead” piece in the batch drives us to mutability on all levels. Listen to the way Susie shifts subtly between tempos and feels. Listen to the way Ribot hints at chord comping and walking bass. Listen to the way the cup mute gives off some 1930s steam. I stole that mute from my middle school. I still use it. I’ve never told anyone. Sorry.

Join us if you haven’t and get the rest of the New Sanctuary tracks as they come out.

Best,

Dave

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Greg Ward to play Hyde Park Jazz Festival Sept. 24

Posted by: mark on August 4, 2016 @ 11:39 am
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward

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In support of their new release, Touch My Beloved’s Thought, Greg Ward & 10 Tongues will play the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago on September 24th. For more information on the event, go here.

You can pick up the new record at Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

Details:

Greg Ward & 10 Tongues
Saturday, September 24, 4:45-5:45pmWest Stage

Personnel:

Greg Ward – saxophone
Tim Halderman – saxophone
Keefe Jackson – saxophone
Norman Palm – trombone
Christopher Davis – trombone
Ben LaMar – cornet
Russ Johnson – trumpet
Dennis Luxion – piano
Matt Ulery – bass
Marcus Evans – drums

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Press Roundup for Dark Territory

Posted by: mark on July 20, 2016 @ 10:28 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Releases

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Dark Territory, the new album by Dave Douglas & High Risk, has been receiving some great press. As the band begins their European tour today, check out these quotes on the record.

NYTimes

“Mr. Douglas, the trumpeter and composer, renewed his smartly probing engagement with electronic music on “High Risk,” an album featuring Shigeto, a beat-minded producer, along with Jonathan Maron on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The same coalition just released an engaging sequel, “Dark Territory,” … expanding on its designs with spontaneous interplay.”
Nate Chinen, The New York Times

NewYorker

“…Douglas fearlessly follows his muse farther down the rabbit hole, to a place where jazz improvisation collides with contemporary sonics.”
– Steve Futterman, The New Yorker

Billboard

“Prolific jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas has always been an experimentalist—he’s collaborated with everyone from the Trisha Brown Dance Company to Tom Waits—but his most recent project, High Risk, might just be his most eclectic yet.”
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“By trade, Dave Douglas is a trumpeter, composer, and fearless explorer of jazz and other types of music that can be both composed and improvised (they often lie somewhere in between).  The group’s individual talents allow the band to put itself in ‘high risk’ situations that ultimately pay dividends in equally high rewards.”
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AllAboutJazz

“Dave Douglas’s second release with his electronic group ‘High Risk’ is true to form of the trumpeter’s modus operandi to avoid repeating the same thing twice. From art-noise to spastic dub tempos curious themes run the gamut with each track presenting something unique.”
AllAboutJazz.com

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“His volume of output and clarity of vision is highly impressive.”
Simon Rentner, WBGO

irish-times

“Dave Douglas and his ‘High Risk’ quartet are doing is what jazz musicians do best: taking the sounds and influences around them, personalising them, adapting them and moulding them into an expressive language.”
The Irish Times

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“Dark Territory is a terrific album—dark, moody, virtuosic in a manner both combustible and streamlined.”
Stereophile

The album is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

The High Risk European tour takes place July 20-29. Details here.

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High Risk Tours Europe July 20-29

Posted by: mark on July 18, 2016 @ 4:06 pm
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In support of the new record Dark Territory, Dave Douglas & High Risk will tour Europe July 20-29, with shows in France, Spain, Germany, England and Italy.


The group will feature electronic artist Shigeto, bassist Jonathan Maron and special guest Ian Chang from Son Lux on drums.

Check out the complete schedule:

Dave Douglas & High Risk – European Tour July 2016

07.20 Narbonne, France | Palais Des Archevêques
07.21 San Sebastian, Spain | 51 Heineken Jazzaldia
07.22 Souillac, France | Place Pierre Betz
07.23 Munich, Germany | Unterfahrt Jazzclub
07.24 Madrid, Spain | Terraza Teatro Galileo
07.25 London, England | Pizza Express Jazz Club
07.26 London, England | Pizza Express Jazz Club
07.27 Rome, Italy | Casa del Jazz
07.29 Marciac, France | L’Astrada

Read some of the great press about the new record here.

You can purchase the new album via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

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