Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: EFG London Jazz Festival; Riz MC; Antonio Sánchez
16 November, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Riz MC – aka rapper and Hollywood actor Riz Ahmed
THE Barbican has some standout shows coming up as part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2018. Seventy years on from the HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in Essex, British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph celebrates the impact the Caribbean diaspora has had on UK culture with Anthony Joseph & friends – Windrush: A Celebration, on Nov 17. Joining Joseph on the night will be feminist musician Calypso Rose, “Calypso King” Mighty Sparrow, Network Riddim Band singer and poet Brother Resistance, and contemporary dancehall artist, Brixton’s GAIKA. Derek Richards (Black Top, Cage Street Memorial) provides visuals. Then, be prepared to become part of the show when Bobby McFerrin performs his spontaneously composed choral piece, Circlesongs, on Nov 18 with members of his group Voicestra, augmented by a 12-piece a cappella choir – and sometimes by the whole audience. On Nov 19, free jazz pioneer and civil rights activist Archie Shepp presents his new project, Art Songs and Spirituals, featuring contributions from jazz pianist and vocalist Amina Claudina Myers and Mercury-nominated and Worldwide FM Lifetime Achievement Award winner Carleen Anderson.
• Birdman soundtrack composer Antonio Sánchez, one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in the world, has played on more than 100 albums and written scores for Oscar-winning movies. He will be playing music from debut album Migration, featuring the work of Chick Corea and Pat Metheney, 11 years after it was first released, at the Jazz Cafe on Nov 21.
• It’s no surprise that Riz MC’s – aka rapper and Hollywood actor Riz Ahmed – Village Underground show on Nov 17 is sold out. If you know someone with a spare ticket, snap it up.
• As if Piccadilly Circus was not already a haven for cult brands, Hard Rock Cafe is moving in with plans to open an 1,800-square-feet flagship café, including what they are claiming to be the world’s largest Rock Shop. With a stage for live music performances in the main dining room and the usual memorabilia, we hear this latest venue will have a special focus on trophies from contemporary artists such as Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran and Amy Winehouse, who we once witnessed parting the crowds at the Hyde Park Hard Rock back in 2009, sandwiched by her mountainous heavies as she stepped in for a bite to eat during a show by former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley.
• Acoustic folk club The Nest Collective brings its unamplified Campfire Club night to Barbican Conservatory on Nov 17 with a headline performance by This is How we Fly, featuring Irish fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Appalachian hard shoe dancer Nic Gareiss, Dublin jazzman Seán Mac Erlaine and Swedish percussionist Petter Berndalen.
• We’ve had our eye on Kojey Radical (above) since 2015. As he gears up to play Koko on Nov 20, it has been announced that he has been selected as one of YouTube’s top 10 “Ones To Watch”.
• Pop comes to Camden on Nov 18 as Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Anne-Marie, James Arthur, Ella Ayres and Olly Murs head to the Roundhouse to perform at the Music 4 Mental Health fundraiser on Nov 18.
• Pioneering Scottish jazz trio HLK appear with Dame Evelyn Glennie at Hampstead High School for Hampstead Arts Festival on Nov 20.
• Icelandic neo-classical string group Amiina play Barbican on Nov 18.
• Celebrated DJ, producer and garage king, Wookie, brings an Old School Garage Special to Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).
• Dr Feelgood and Jim Riley’s Blues Foundation play 229 tomorrow (Friday).
• Irish band The High Kings celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the release of new album, Decade – The Best of The High Kings, with a special tour this month, including a stop off at Union Chapel tomorrow (Friday).
• Folk duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts (above) play Cecil Sharp House on Nov 21.
• Nashville rock duo Larkin Poe (above) play Islington Assembly Hall on Nov 21.
• Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player Jake Morley plays The Islington on Nov 21.
• Spiritland continues its serious muso reputation with a world premiere listening party of FRAKKUR 2000-2004, a triple album of unreleased solo electronic music by Jonsí (Sigur Rós). This is a phones-off, lights-down, deep-listening experience as all 24 tracks are played in full and at volume through the venue’s specialist sound system.
• Notable gigs this week: Call Me Loop Camden Assembly; Trampled by Turtles, Electric Ballroom (Nov 16); Fritz Kalkbrenner + Gheist, Egg; Killing Joke, Roundhouse (Nov 17); Rat Boy, Electric Ballroom; Ridiculous, Dublin Castle (Nov 18); The Americans + St Paul and the Broken Bones, Roundhouse (Nov 19); Afro Celt Sound System, Barbican; Lump, The Garage (Nov 21); Bloxx, Borderline; Basement, The Forum; Israel Nash + Treetop Flyers, Scala; Sheelanagig, Cecil Sharp House; Pete Gardiner, The Islington; Green Tea Peng + Miink, Dr Martens Boot Room (Nov 22).