Upcoming Concerts

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https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/moor-mother/

MOOR MOTHER + PAT THOMAS / ORPHY ROBINSON (DUO)

TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2017, 7.30PM

“Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886.” – WIRE

Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. Her music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. Using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers, Ayewa constructs fractured, cacophonous waves for her words of punishing pertinence to ride.

As a musician performing under the name she has toured in Europe and the U.S. at numerous festivals, colleges and universities sharing the stage with King Britt, Islam Chipsy, Claudia Rankine and Bell Hooks. As a soundscape artist she has had work featured at Samek Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, and Everson Museum of Art.

Her latest album, Fetish Bones, was released through Don Giovanni Records in September 2016. The album features 13 songs conceived and recorded in Camae’s home studio and it is an album intended as a form of protest and as form of time travel — a collection of sounds that are events themselves, telling stories rich in history about the journey that brings us to today and the future we are creating. Fetish Bones is not an album meant to help you forget. It is made so that you will remember the injustices that we bear witness to and participate in.

Ayewa is also a renowned poet and author of the forthcoming poetry book, also named Fetish Bones, and a member of Black Quantum Futurism, A Collective which has recently released its first book, Black Quantum Futurism theory and practice Vol. 1. BQF has presented in Copenhagen Perspectives on Time Conference, Ferguson is the Future at Yale and Afrofuturism Now festival in Holland. Camae is a 2016 Leeway Award recipient and 2016 Blade of Grass Fellow.

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Black Top is the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson 
and pianist Pat Thomas, who createdynamic and purely 
improvised collaborations.The two are joined at the 
Jazz Café,by Sonic Youthfrontman Thurston Moore.
A key member of the cult art punk band, Thurston Moore has 
remained at the forefront leftfield music, exploring new 
sounds and ideas with each new project.
Collaborating with artists like DJ Spooky, Dinosaur Jr., 
Yoko Ono, and even joining the black metal group Twilight, 
Moore has truly cemented his place on the musical fringe in 
recent years. Highly revered for his offhand improvisations, 
Moore has joined forces with the UK'S leading Avant Garde group
Black Top for what will undoubtably be an unforgettable live 
performance to be remembered.
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BLACK TOP W/ THURSTON MOORE AND CLEVELAND WATKISS Live Stream 
from the concert..
10.04.17
https://www.nts.live/editorial/black-top-w–thurston-moore-and-cleveland-watkiss

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                             Thurs 16th March 2017 –

                                 AGMP Presents

ORPHY ROBINSON &  THE THIRD EYE ALL STARS
present VAN MORRISON’S “ASTRAL WEEKS”

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LIONEL LOUEKE / NICHOLAS KUMMERT RAINBOW (2 NIGHTS) 1ST NIGHT W/ SPECIAL GUESTS ORPHY ROBINSON / JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS

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Lionel Loueke is known as the renowned guitarist for many years with Herbie Hancock, with releases on the Blue Note label. This performance with Nicolas Kummert presents a departure from the previous times at the Vortex.

Tonight they play a set based on the Nicolas’ new album Rainbow on Edition Records, before joining with Orphy Robinson, John Edwards and Mark Sanders, three improvisers with stellar reputations themselves.

“Rainbow stands for an idea that was somehow present in my mind during the whole process of putting the band together and composing the music…” Nicolas recalls, “…the need to embrace differences and praise them, because we need every color, every single shade of them, to make the beautiful world we live in”. With titles like -Diversity over purity- -Rainbow people- or Nicolas older composition -Liberté- it is clear there is more then just music at stake.
Maybe it is also that sensible humanity that convinced Lionel Loueke, who is also known for his profound humanity and openness, to accept the invitation of a relatively unknown belgian sax player between his collaborations with NY peers like Herbie Hancock, Chris Potter or Robert Glasper…

The result is a rich, but never complicated music that proved very compelling to their audiences sofar… and this is just the beginning of a beautiful collaboration.

http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/nicholas-kummertlionel-loueke-two-night-residency/

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EVAN PARKER WITH GUESTS ORPHY ROBINSON AND JOHN EDWARDS

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Evan Parker with Guest Orphy Robinson (Xylosynth/Tech/Fx) plus John Edwards (bass).

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The first in the New Year with the master of free improvisation. Evan’s involvement with the Vortex goes back many years, during which time he has invited an incredible roster of musicians to perform with him. Whether you are looking for your first taster of free improvisation, or have already caught the bug, this night is a must. http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/evan-parker-9/

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SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM

Photo by Dawid Laskowski

ORPHY ROBINSON PRESENTS “THE UNEASY LISTENING CLUB” VOLUME TWO – “WHO, WHAT,WHEN,WHERE ARE WE NOW”

Orphy Robinson presents the second volume in his “Uneasy Listening Club” series – “Who.What,When,Where are we now” – with multimedia visuals by Derek “Rizomorph” Richards and special guest, Charles Hayward.

In 2012 Hayward and Robinson appeared with Trumpet/Composer Wadada Leo Smith. Robinson and Hayward had previously toured in 2008 alongside celebrated Free Improv Saxophonist Lol Coxhill and the Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper in the band “Clear frame“, where they recorded the groups critically acclaimed album of the same name with Special guest Robert Wyatt on Cornet.

ORPHY ROBINSON

Orphy Robinson is one of the major figures of the jazz scene – he has released records on Blue Note and played with Don Cherry, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors and Andy Shepherd.

He has composed for Film and TV- including “In answer to your question” for the Balanescu String Quartet and “ 42 Shades of Black” for Phoenix Dance Theatre,which was performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Currently leads the groups CODEFIVE- NUBIAN VIBES – he also plays in the groups BRUISE and CLEAR FRAME

“As the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter once famously remarked in a 1992 interview with Mel Martin, “The word ‘jazz’ means to me no category”. You would similarly search in vain for a pigeon hole in which to place Black Top #5. An evening of surpassing invention and ambition, there might be a more creative, more engaging and more inspiring gig at this year’s London Jazz Festival. But I somehow doubt it.” – The Arts Desk

DEREK ‘RIZOMORPH’ RICHARDS

Having developed tools to allow the triggering, compositing and mixing of imagery to be ‘played’ like or with percussion instruments,He has become interested in parallels between the relationships of improvised music to non-improvised music, and documentary filmmaking (in particular observational documentary or cinéma vérité) to scripted filmmaking. Robinson and Derek Richards have been collaborators on a range of projects for some years. These artistic collaborations have seen Richards performing as a live visual artist although he is also known in his own right as a respected percussionist.
His website is http://www.derekrichards.me

CHARLES HAYWARD

Charles Hayward (born 1951) is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock group This Heat. He also played with Mal Dean’s Amazing Band, Radar Favourites, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with old schoolfriend and “Pooh and the Ostrich Feather” member Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. On one occasion he also played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass.

“As impassioned and animated offstage as behind his massive drumkit, Charles Hayward radiates a genuine intensity. He first came to wide attention as drummer with the highly influential This Heat as the embers of Post-Punk simmered off into wilder experimental tangents. He has released a dozen solo and colaborative albums, and puts on rare solo live shows which pull the raw muscular percussion at the heart of Rock into new shapes with devastatingly powerful results.” – Freq

“Telepathic magic……. Hayward is one of the most life-affirming people who stalks this dark globe.” – SOUND PROJECTOR

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Ethereal World returns to the Thursday, Jazzlive at the Crypt, Camberwell, for their Xmas Special on 15/12/16, doors 8pm, bringing tidings of groove and joy with the superb ensemble strings of Tori Handsley (harp) and Dominic Lash (double bass) and stunning guests Orphy Robinson (xylosynth, electronics) and Ansuman Biswas (Indian strings, percussion).

Led by Rowland Sutherland (flutes) and Jackie Walduck (vibes), Ethereal World brings together a dazzling array of global improvisations. Focusing on the celestial and spatial in improvised music, at times radiantly ethereal, at times turbulent and volcanic.

Joining us for this seasonal club night will be the fabulous DJ Gordon Wedderburn playing some eclectic improv sounds from across the globe during the night.

NB! There’ll be some hearty Senegalese food available from the Crypt kitchen by the bar..

There may even be a festive drinks special list all night at the bar!

Don’t forget, MU members are added to the £5 concessions.

Not to be missed!!!

For further details:
www.etherealworldmusic.com/events

Ethereal World club nights are every third Thursday of the month at Jazzlive at The Crypt!

DJ Gordon Wedderburn:
www.facebook.com/GWJazz

With support from ACE.

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Church Of Sound Presents : Orphy Robinson All Stars | Bobby Hutchinson Songbook

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St James the Great, London

Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 at 7:00pm – Friday, 30 Sep 2016 at 12:00am

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Church Of Sound is back from its summer hiatus with an event that means a lot to us.
We had been thinking to do the Bobby Hutcherson songbook for a while, but his recent passing urged us to make it happen and give his music the homage it deserves.
To cover this amazing repertoire, we have got the immense honor to welcome the great Vibe and Marimba player Orphy Robinson.

Orphy Robinson is one of the major figures of the jazz scene – he has released records on Blue Note and played with Don Cherry, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors and Andy Shepherd.

For this special occasion he will be joined by some of the best London based jazz musicians:

Tony Kofi – Alto Sax
Robert Mitchell – Piano
Moses Boyd – Drums
Nubya Garcia – Saxophone
Byron Wallen – Trumpet
Rowland Sutherland – Flutes
Dudley Phillips- Double bass
Orphy Robinson – Vibes / Marimba

Because Bobby Hutcherson’s repertoire is so vast and varied we thought that one set of covers wouldn’t do it justice, so we will have two 45 minute sets covering some of his best tunes.
The tunes that we have selected are mainly from the Blue Note catalogue, either as a leader or sideman.
The albums we looked at were ‘Components’, ‘Stick up!’ , ‘San Francisco’,’Montara’, Knucklebean’ and more.

We will announce the track listing closer to the date.

Curator for this show, Lexus Blondin will be spinning records before, during & after bands.

We will be serving food from the start, so don’t hesitate to come early to get in the mood.

All proceeds from the booking fees will be going to Calais Action, via Party for the People.

Peace, Love and Harmony

The Church Of Sound team.

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Jamal Moss, Orphy Robinson,

Yaw Tembé & Evan Parker.

OUT.FEST Festival Internacional de Música Exploratória do Barreiro.

october 6th09:30 pm

Velvet Be Jazz Club / Barreiro Jazz School

Buy Ticket( 3 Bands )

10€

Jamal Moss (who will also perform on Saturday the 8th as Hieroglyphic Being, his working name in electronic dance music) accepted our invitation to bring his well-regarded forays into live improvisation under the sign of free and fusion jazz to OUT.FEST’s opening night. Channeling his intense personal relationship with Sun Ra’s music and work, he will join forces with Orphy Robinson (a British vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist of Jamaican descent), the saxophonist Evan Parker and Yaw Tembé, a trumpet player born in Swaziland living in Lisbon for the past years for a unique performance.

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The Festival

OUT.FEST -The Barreiro International Exploratory Music Festival is an annual event celebrating experimental music in all its forms since its inception in 2004. From improvised to electronic music to jazz and contemporary classical music, OUT.FEST brings together trailblazers and living legends with the present and the future of groundbreaking experimental music every year in Barreiro.

Contacts

General

outfest@outra.pt

Volunteer / Educational Services

Igor de Brito
924 147 201
igor@outra.pt

Press

André Ferreira
andre@filhounico.com

Requests for accreditation: press@outra.pt

Contacts

General

outfest@outra.pt

Volunteer / Educational Services

Igor de Brito
924 147 201
igor@outra.pt

Press

André Ferreira
andre@filhounico.com

Requests for accreditation: press@outra.pt

 Press Kit (Português)
 Press Kit (English)

Sponsors

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THU 3rd NOVEMBER 2016 LIVE: LONDON INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL- PROJECT 23 & BLACK TOP at OSLO HACKNEY. Doors – 19:30.

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London International Arts Festival 2016 presents:

 Project 23/Black Top.

Over the course of the 1990s Drum ‘n Bass shook conceptions of what could be achieved artistically with electronic dance music. Drawing on the dub techniques of Jamaican mixologists and Detroit techno, it transcended the limitations of four-on-the-floor dance grooves and introduced sub-bass to the musical spectrum. But it was music destined to be chained to the studio – or was it?
In 1996 when the world was just getting its head around the genre, something happened to take everything to another level.
Three times winner of The Wire/Guardian best jazz vocalist award Cleveland Watkiss was already established as the voice of Metalheadz – Goldies’ epochal Sunday sessions at the legendary Blue Note club in Hoxton. Drawing on his immersion in jazz, soul, reggae and dub, Watkiss brought the sophisticated musicality to MC’ing that Drum ‘n Bass deserved and redefined the art of the MC. Assuming the moniker “Origin”, he teamed up with American drum innovator Marque “the innamost” Gilmore – (sideman of Joe Zawinul and Roy Ayers among many jazz and world giants) to compose and record the album”23”. Joined by cut master DJ Le Rouge they took to the road as the first ever live Drum ‘n Bass band.
23 is considered to be a “landmark album” [Straight No Chaser] of 90s electronic music. Until then if you asked anyone if it was possible to play Drum ‘n Bass with live instruments, the answer would have been a firm NO. But it was Gilmore’s almost superhuman fusion of lightning fast acoustic kit drumming and sample triggering from electronic drum pads that proved the naysayers wrong. “Seeking to reproduce the results [of 23] live would be impossible without the awesome talents of jazz drummer Marque Gilmore” – Neil Spencer, The Observer.
However, with musicians of such lineage and with such creativity, 23 is more than a Drum n Bass album. It “translates to areas outside the dancefloor. …resulting in a refreshingly multi-hued jungle trip”. – Tony Green, Jazz Times.
“This is Drum n’ Bass that will progress, that will access new audiences. This is the future.” – Mixmag
This year is the 20th anniversary of the release of 23, an event that was followed by a year long tour featuring interactive visuals from live multimedia pioneer Derek Richards (aka hyperjam aka rizomorph). Just as technology has evolved, none of these artists have stood still. This special show brings the collective back together for the first time in 20 years. Drawing on the original material from the “23” shows, it will once again take the audience on an audio-visual, consciousness raising journey from the past to the future.
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Black Top

Black Top was initiated in the latter part of 2011 by Jazz Warrior and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist/sound-sculptor, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer of the Year Award Pat Thomas. The duo of Robinson and Thomas, are shape-shifting unit dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots with a spontaneity and daring rooted in experimental free-jazz.and with the spirit of pure improvisation that’s rooted in the experiments of NYC musicians like Sam Rivers. The result is always a journey that conjures evocative and dramatic soundscapes, which mirror Black Top’s expansive worldview.
The ensemble made its debut at Dalston’s innovative and prestigious venue Café Oto and in doing so found a regular home for their excursions.
While Orphy and Pat throw around random phrases like “Archaic Nubian Step Dub” this meeting of musical minds is dedicated to developing working relationships with virtuoso musicians from across the cultural and generational spectrum that can match their own technical dexterity and handle the element of surprise. Each in the series is moulded by the contributions of a unique guest collaborator. Now with two critically acclaimed albums, “Black Top Number One” and “Black Top Number Two”, released on Babel Records, Black Top has performed at The Gateshead Festival at the Sage and at the Jazz Festival Konfrontationen in Nikelsdorf, Austria. They’ve filmed and recorded with SunRa Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and legendary Bassist Henry Grimes in their Magic Science Quartet tour 2015 and were nominated for the Jazz Innovation of the year award at the 2016 JazzFM awards.
The project could be said to represent a synthesis of both the roots and shoots of Project 23’s 90s explorations. It’s therefore fitting that this night’s guest collaborator will be none other than Marque “the innamost” Gilmore. Expect the unexpected!

www.liaf.co.uk

This event is strictly 18+

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JAMES BLOOD ULMER Trio – Are You Glad To Be In America? + BLACK TOP (ORPHY ROBINSON & PAT THOMAS) with Special Guest Violinist – Mandhira De Saram.

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LONDON Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

£17.50 + Booking fee BUY TICKETS

Blood hurtled headlong from the maelstrom of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time in the early 80s with a visceral collision of rock, jazz and edgy, blues-inflected funk that defined a post-punk jazz attitude.
Are You Glad to Be in America was a massive cult hit on its 1980 release – still laying down a stream of guitar improv consciousness that sounds like no-one else on the planet, Blood revisits a seminal statement in the evolution of contemporary black music with a fast and furious power trio.  Jazz is the teacher – funk is the preacher.

BLACK TOP with Special guest Mandhira De Saram (Violin)..

Opening set from the Black Top core team – Orphy Robinson’s vibes and percussion projecting intricate patterns, colliding and colluding with improv maestro Pat Thomas’s live looping and electronics with special guest the exciting Violinist Mandhira De Saram.   Echoes of dub and reggae, swing and freedom, digital,  analogue and acoustic are welded in music that carries the ‘forceful dignity and beauty of a Jackson Pollock painting’ (All About Jazz)

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/info/james-blood-ulmer-trio-are-you-glad-to-be-in-america

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DERBY OUTFRONT SERIES PRESENTS

                 BLACK TOP

  WITH SPECIAL GUEST PHILIP ACHILLE

                                 29th Aug 2016

BLACK TOP + PHILLIP ACHILLE

29th Aug 16 // 14:00

British jazz/improv legends Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinsonare the critically acclaimed Black Top.

Their music is Archaic Nubian Step Dub, which explores the intersection of live instruments and technology in the myriad of styles in African Classical Music such as the looping and sampling used in dub, reggae and other worldly noises. Black Top pick the best and brightest to collaborate; and this time they are joined by classical and jazz harmonica star Phillip Achille.

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CAFE OTO

BLACK TOP – ANNOUNCING THEIR FIRST EVER TWO-DAY RESIDENCY: PAT THOMAS & ORPHY ROBINSON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HAMID DRAKE & WILLIAM PARKER + CLEVELAND WATKISS & PHILIP ACHILLE (SUN ONLY)

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Photos by David Laskowski

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, is a shape-shifting unit dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in experimental free-jazz.

Each in the series is moulded by the contributions of unique guest collaborators and for this very special two-day residency Robinson and Thomas will be joined by the incredible pairing of Hamid Drake (drums/percussion) and William Parker (double bass).  In 1995 the Village Voice called William Parker “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” As band leader, composer, author & instrumentalist Parker is among the most influential artists in Jazz. One of the world’s most widely respected drummers, Hamid Drake was born in Louisiana in 1955 & grew up in Chicago playing jazz, reggae & world musics.

Drake and Parker will form a quartet with Robinson and Thomas for the Saturday before expanding out to a sextet with the addition of vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and harmonica player Philip Achille on the Sunday.

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BLACK TOP NOMINATED FOR THE 2016 Jazzfm JAZZ INNOVATION AWARD..

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Black Top have finally received some recognition from the UK Jazz establishment for their unique approach to new music.  Last year’s recipient was USA jazz pianist Jason Moran with his Fats Waller project. Black Top with their ground-breaking Concerts and innovative use of Digital and Acoustic instruments, have been attracting musicians of the calibre of Ornette Coleman Bass player Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Celebrated Free jazz stalwart Henry Grimes through to SunRa Arkestra Alumni Marshall Allen alongside their new album Black Top (Number Two) with Saxophonist Evan Parker. Black Top have been nominated for this years award alongside American Trumpet player Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah & Cuban Pianist David Virelles. http://www.jazzfmawards.com/nominees/2016-nominees/

BLACK TOP ARE BACK FOR THE FOURTH YEAR RUNNING AT CAFE OTO FOR THE LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015.THIS TIME WITH SPECIAL GUEST EVAN PARKER.

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 8pm…CAFE OTO  £12 £10 Advance £6 Members

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt

Last year Black Top had two sold out days of fantastic music with Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time cohort the incredible bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Formidable drummer Mark Mondesir & the extraordinary Harmonica player Philip Achille.

This year Black Top are joined by very special guest Evan Parker,Parker had invited Black Top to be his guests as part of his 70th Birthday celebrations last year. The subsequent concert was recorded and sees its launch this month titled Black Top No 2 with Evan Parker. they have recorded their second album

Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s.

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Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker’s activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups, but both jazz and art music composers have also deployed the arresting physicality of his sound as a contrasting and energising element. His saxophones have been heard inside jazz big bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and in the chamber music of Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others.

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, was initiated in late 2011, as a shape-shifting unit, dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Cover artists on Jazzwise earlier this year, their first release on Babel has gained many top notch reviews, such as 5* in allaboutjazz.com. They reprise their successful collaboration with Evan Parker from early 2014.

Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in the free-jazz experiments of New York loft-scene innovators such as Sam Rivers. To date, live collaborators have included saxophonists Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, flugel horn player Claude Deppa and trumpeter Byron Wallen and tonight, Evan Parker.

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/black-top-14/

 

 

This is seriously going to be unmissable.. Black Top are back for the 3rd year running at Cafe Oto for their now customary 2 night residency for the 2014 London Jazz Festival. This the 12th event in their series.. With the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Black Top “Number One” with Special Guest Steve Williamson out on the Babel label. Causing serious waves on the International Improv scene.
Performing with them across both nights will be one of the music world most celebrated Bass players Jamaaladeen Tacuma on Electric bass and joining them on Harmonica the young award winning musician Phillip Achille.

They will be joined by Japanese drum Whizz Tatsuhisa Yamamoto on the first night 19th & the UK’s own Phenomenal drummer Mark Mondesir for the 2nd night 20th.

In the 1970’s, Tacuma became a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band and subsequently toured with and performed on some of Coleman’s historic recordings, as well as performing with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, and The Roots among others.

TATSUHISA YAMAMOTO
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, born on Oct 25, 1982, in Yamaguchi, Japan, is a pure acoustic drummer, not an electric drummer. He plays primarily improvised music, and participates in a variety of bands, projects, supporting singers, and has produced multiple recordings. Yamamoto’s solo acoustic performance succeeds in combining dynamism, melodicism and polyrhythm, fusing overwhelming volume with delicate technique.

“Tatsuhisa is one of the most exciting young drummers in Japan at the moment.” – Otomo Yoshihide
Yamamoto has also collaborated with artists such as Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Sachiko M, RUINS, Seiichi Yamamoto (ex.boredoms), Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Keiji Haino, Akira Sakata, Kumio Kurachi, Daisuke Takaoka, Makoto Kawabata (AcidMotherTemple), Munehiro Narita(HIGHRISE), Mitsuru Tabata(ZENI-GEVA/AMT&TCI), Masahiko Sato, Yuji Takahashi, Gianni Gebbia, Ned Rothenberg, Daniele Camalda, Alan Silva, and many others.

Yamamoto’s main projects are SSW, a duo with “Eiko Ishibashi”; “NATSUMEN”, a band lead by AxSxE; acoustic & synthesized drums duo with Muneomi Senju (ex.Boredoms); “Plus Minus Zero”a live electronica & psychedelic prog jam trio with Yuji Katsui (ROVO) and marron a.k.a. dubmarronics; “FirstMeeting,” an acoustic noise improvisation Quartet with Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, and Kelly Churko; “Ohanami,” a unit with Yoshio Machida on the steelpan; as well as recordings with the Kahimi Karie band featuring Otomo Yoshihide and Jim O’Rourke. Recently he has been performing regularly with Jim O’Rourke. He participates in, and organizes multiple projects around Tokyo.

Mark Mondesir is without any doubt one of the UK’s most extraordinary drumming talents, Mondesir is simply a master of the kit. Born in East London, Mark is largely self-taught, a surprising fact to those who witness his incredible drum independence in action.
His career really took off when he turned 20 and he has since worked with an incredible line up of top artists including Julian Joseph, Kevin Eubanks, John Scofield, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, The London Symphony Orchestra, Joe Zawinul, Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis and many more.

The ad hoc ‘Black Top’ series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live instruments and technology such as the looping and sampling used in dub, reggae and other worldly noises – using improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective.

Also on the bill are Xomaltesc Tbobhni, the relentlessly exacting duo of drummer Paul Abbott and saxophonist Seymour Wright, forming part of their own four night residency at OTO across the week of the London Jazz Festival.

To Pre Book check the website.. Black Top #12: Pat Thomas, Orphy Robinson with special guest Jamaaladeen Tacuma + Xomaltesc Tbobhni

WED 19 NOVEMBER ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 door / £15 two-day pass
THU 20 NOVEMBER ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 door / £15 two-day pass

Black Top is back with the 12th event in the series for two nights as part of the 2014 London Jazz Festival. Performing with them across both nights will be very special guest, Jamaaladeen Tacuma on electric bass. In the 1970’s, Tacuma became a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band and subsequently toured with and performed on some of Coleman’s historic recordings, as well as performing with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, and The Roots among others.

The ad hoc ‘Black Top’ series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live instruments and technology such as the looping and sampling used in dub, reggae and other worldly noises – using improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective. Also on the bill are Xomaltesc Tbobhni, the relentlessly exacting duo of drummer Paul Abbott and saxophonist Seymour Wright, forming part of their own four night residency at OTO across the week of the London Jazz Festival…………..MORE>

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Evan Parker + Black Top/John Edwards / Steve Noble

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt

Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark his 70th year, Parker curates a week of performances at the Vortex and Cafe Oto, performing with some of the artists he’s worked so closely with over the years. Both venues are close to Parker’s heart, having built reputations as spaces where musicians can experiment and take risks, and for this week they present a very special programme of concerts on alternating nights.

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Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker’s activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups, but both jazz and art music composers have also deployed the arresting physicality of his sound as a contrasting and energising element. His saxophones have been heard inside jazz big bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and in the chamber music of Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others.

Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, was initiated in late 2011, as a shape-shifting unit, dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Cover artists on Jazzwise earlier this year, their first release on Babel has gained many top notch reviews, such as 5* in allaboutjazz.com. They reprise their successful collaboration with Evan Parker from early 2014.

Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in the free-jazz experiments of New York loft-scene innovators such as Sam Rivers. To date, live collaborators have included saxophonists Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, flugel horn player Claude Deppa and trumpeter Byron Wallen and tonight, Evan Parker.

John Edwards

John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.

Steve Noble

Steve Noble is London’s leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O’Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.

In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey’s excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).

 

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This Friday 7th March, 7:45pm.. In a cutting edge combination, for what can best be described as unique dramatic, cosmic, spatial and sonic journey across the sound barrier!
Nu-Jazz (not Jazz) is mixed with classic Dub style to create a musical fusion at room temperature termed ‘The Dub Feel-Harmonic Series’ 432 Ra-Dub.
Expect plenty of soulful inspiration from Creation to Re-Creation with split second timing & live sound manipulations.
Age Guidance TBC
£12, £10 concs Book early..
Box Office: 020 8692 4446
http://canadawaterculturespace.org.uk/

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Eclectic Electric London Jazz Festival Jam Session
19th November 2013
The Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, East London (Pavillion Room upstairs).
When: Tuesday 19th November 2013
Who: ORPHY ROBINSON/CLEVELAND WATKISS/ STEVE LAWSON.PARCHMAUNE Renell Shaw/Michael Antoniou
What: An Eclectic Electric Improv Jam session with a difference.
Loop master Bassist Lawson joins Orphy & Cleveland in a no holds barred 21st century jam dedicated to exploring Sound, frequencies, Looping & Sampling.
Expect Aural journeys into the unknown.
Plus new cutting edge sounds from live bands
Renell Shaw/Michael Antoniou’s “UNIVERSAL MIND SYSTEMS”
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Jam session participants free entry.. Musicians who have always wanted to attend a jam session where electronics, Fx pedals etc are the order of the day this one is especially for you!
Jam session participants free entry.
:Pavilion at The Vibe Bar 91 – 95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL. Tel no: 020 7247 3479
Doors 7pm Fee :£5.00

 

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The Jazz Warriors International announce the return of their Popular Nexus/One World music series with the last one for this year another special evening is promised.. Thursday 7th November 6.30pm Nexus – One World Music at St Georges Bloomsbury. Tickets £10 at the door, £8 advance booking, £6 concession For tickets rings 020 7242 1976 or email concerts@stgb.org.uk

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Thursday 7th November 6.30pm – Sona Jobarteh (Kora/Cello) and Waka Hasegawa (piano), Troupe Collective,
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Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso from a prestigious West African Griot family, coming from a long line of hereditary musicians. She is the granddaughter of the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and cousin to the celebrated Kora maestro Toumani Diabaté. As a multi- instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer Sona works with musicians from around the world. As a versatile artist Sona has collaborated as a singer, guitarist and Kora player with highly-respected musicians such as Cleveland Watkiss, Oumou Sangaré, Kasse Mady Diabaté, Toumani Diabaté, Sambou Suso, Juldeh Camara, and Damon Albarn. Sona is also a member of the African Classical Music Ensemble which tours worldwide under the leadership of composer Tunde Jegede. www.sonajobarteh.com
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Waka Hasegawa.. Having established a successful career as an internationally acclaimed piano duo Piano 4 Hands with the British pianist Joseph Tong, Waka Hasegawa is also much in demand as a soloist. She has given recitals in various venues in UK, America, Europe and Japan as well as giving broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service and WFMT Radio Chicago. Waka also enjoys performing new works and has worked with many composers including Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu, John McCabe, Edwin Roxburgh and many more to name. She has recently recorded some solo piano works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to celebrate his centenary this year and it will be released from Naxos America later this year. “..one of Dutilleux’s piano preludes, ‘Le jeu des contraires’ was a keenly delineated play of opposites, as if the textures of Debussy’s piano music had been fantastically enhanced…” – The Guardian.
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Troupe: A Line in the Sand: A Hundred Years since World War One “Once upon a time the world was round and you could go on it around and around. Everywhere there was somewhere and everywhere there were men, women, children…” (Gertrude Stein) A work about shifting identities and the real and imagined journeys of war, told through stories of courage, suffering and adventure, from the sorrow of Ivor Gurney to the glitter and intrigue of Mata Hari. Brought to life by dance, physical theatre and spoken word, Troupe’s commemorative concert features chamber works for voice, strings, flute and piano by Debussy, Kodaly, Handel, Gurney, Cage and Ives. Catherine Carter – voice, Jessie Maryon-Davies – piano, Sophie Rivlin – cello, Kate Wakeling – dance www.troupecollective.co.uk
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Black Top ‘7 with Special guests

Violinist Satoko Fukuda & Vocalist Fumi Okiji

Cafe Oto Thursday 18th April 2013

Cafe Oto – Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL.

Doors – 8pm

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Satoko Fukuda was born in Japan 1981. She started the violin at the age of seven and at nine came over to England to study with Catherine Lord. Her first concerto debut was at the age of thirteen for the Anglo-Japanese Society and she has since performed and recorded all over the world. She was awarded the Concordia Serena Nevill prize for 2007. She appears as an improviser on the critically acclaimed CD ‘Unlocked’ (Emanem, 2007) with pianist Veryan Weston and Hannah Marshall and has a classical CD in preparation.

Fumi Okiji is a London-based singer exploring free improvisation using jazz language, speech and human emotionality. She’s known for her rich, sonorous, contralto and her ability to inhabit each note she sings.Her interest in improvised music was sparked in her teens by weekly workshop sessions led by trumpeter Jim Dvorak. Fumi was one half of the experimental duo, The Man Who Laughs, who released an album of ‘industrial scrapyard, jazz-noir’ standards, Deep Songs on the F-ire label in 2009. She is currently working with VIT (Vocal Improv Trio) led by Cleveland Watkiss. Her influences are wide and varied, taking in Ellington, Billie Holiday, Monk, Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Eric Dolphy, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Jeanne Lee.

Café Oto is easily accessible by public transport, see details below.

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Overground & East London Line

There are two overground stations very close to Cafe Oto including the new East London Line. Click here to see full map.

Bus

Dalston is well served for buses from all-over London . The following buses stop nearby: 30, 38, N38, 67, 76, 149, N149, 56, 277 & 242.

Bicycle

There are a limited number of bicycle racks opposite Cafe OTO.
FAQ

Can I buy advance tickets in person?
Sorry, but in order to keep our costs down, we only sell advance tickets online.
Advance Tickets

What time does the concert start?
The music usually starts about 45 minutes after doors open.

The website says X is sold out. Is that really true?
Yes. We do not usually reserve tickets for sale on the door, so if we’ve marked it as sold out on the website then its definitely sold out.

We Got Tickets says ‘Contact Venue’ – What does that mean?
We Got Tickets take an event offsale at 6pm on the day of the concert. If it doesn’t say that it’s sold out on the website then there is a very good chance that tickets will be available on the door.

24th March 2013! SESSION No.2 –

FREEDOM: The Art Of Improvisation

“In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds.” Steve Lacy

Freedom EFLYER(3)

Greetings…
Every 4th Sunday of each month……Orphy Robinson and the Jazz Warriors International crew at Charlie Wrights in Pitfield Street, Hoxton…..

FREEDOM is the name of the game and Paul Bradshaw shall provide the ridim & sounds around 2 sets of pure-live-free-style that pays homage to Sam Rivers’ legendary jam sessions,  the AACM and the St Louis group amongst others.

Already in the box:  Julius Hemphill, Cedric Brooks & The Divine Light, Gato Barbieri, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Black Arthur Blythe, Grachan Moncur III, McCoy Tyner, Amiri Baraka, Human Arts Ensemble, Defunkt, Yusef Lateef, Dudu Pukwana .. maybe even Parliament and Miles….

Orphy will build the live sessions with Claude (Deppa)…   So, if you wanna play? Get there early and get your name down!

GATE FEE is a modest 5 quid… put it in the diary right now!

“Jazz is there & gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.”

Keith Jarrett

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24th February 2013! SESSION No.1 –

FREEDOM: The Art Of Improvisation

“In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds.” Steve Lacy

Freedom EFLYER(3)

Greetings…
Every 4th Sunday of each month……Orphy Robinson and the Jazz Warriors International crew at Charlie Wrights in Pitfield Street, Hoxton…..

FREEDOM is the name of the game and Paul Bradshaw shall provide the ridim & sounds around 2 sets of pure-live-free-style that pays homage to Sam Rivers’ legendary jam sessions,  the AACM and the St Louis group amongst others.

Already in the box:  Julius Hemphill, Cedric Brooks & The Divine Light, Gato Barbieri, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Black Arthur Blythe, Grachan Moncur III, McCoy Tyner, Amiri Baraka, Human Arts Ensemble, Defunkt, Yusef Lateef, Dudu Pukwana .. maybe even Parliament and Miles….

Orphy will build the live sessions with Claude (Deppa)…   So, if you wanna play? Get there early and get your name down!

GATE FEE is a modest 5 quid… put it in the diary right now!

“Jazz is there & gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.”

Keith Jarrett

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Black Top*6 with Claude Deppa and Neil Charles
Cafe Oto Friday 15th February 2013
Cafe Oto – Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL.
Doors – 8pm

Café Oto is easily accessible by public transport, see details below.

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Overground & East London Line

There are two overground stations very close to Cafe Oto including the new East London Line. Click here to see full map.

Bus

Dalston is well served for buses from all-over London . The following buses stop nearby: 30, 38, N38, 67, 76, 149, N149, 56, 277 & 242.

Bicycle

There are a limited number of bicycle racks opposite Cafe OTO.
FAQ

Can I buy advance tickets in person?
Sorry, but in order to keep our costs down, we only sell advance tickets online.
Advance Tickets

What time does the concert start?
The music usually starts about 45 minutes after doors open.

The website says X is sold out. Is that really true?
Yes. We do not usually reserve tickets for sale on the door, so if we’ve marked it as sold out on the website then its definitely sold out.

We Got Tickets says ‘Contact Venue’ – What does that mean?
We Got Tickets take an event offsale at 6pm on the day of the concert. If it doesn’t say that it’s sold out on the website then there is a very good chance that tickets will be available on the door.