Skittering breakbeats, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody all contribute to a sound that’s wholly GoGo Penguin’s own. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, the brilliant GoGo Penguin draw on a heady brew of influences from Squarepusher to Brian Eno, Debussy to John Cage and Massive Attack to create their unique, groove-heavy, highly lyrical, acoustic-electronica sound.
Their debut album ‘Fanfares’ (Gondwana Records) won rave reviews from the Guardian to BBC Music and support from the likes of Mike Chadwick and Gilles Peterson and was nominated for best jazz album at the World Wide Awards.
Unusually for a piano trio, all three members play simultaneously to create an energy and cohesion that is both perfect for home listening and not out of place to a receptive club audience. It is the band’s unique ability to synthesise and develop each others melodic and harmonic ideas while drawing on music from classical to electronica that makes GoGo Penguin’s music so enthralling and their debut album such a powerful opening salvo from a powerful new voice in UK music.
Support comes from Mammal Hands, a trio of like-minded musicians from Norwich: Nick Smart keyboards, Jesse Barrett drums and percussion, and Jordan Smart saxophones. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Aphex Twin and DJ Krush, alongside elements of North Indian and African music their debut album, Animalia is released on Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records label in September 2014.
Plus Matthew Halsall (Godwana Dj Set)
“Jazz, techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots”. The Guardian
“Harmonically ambitious music that’s both immediately exciting and cerebrally led.” Mercury Music Prize
“Adventurous, accessible and melodic, further evidence of a burgeoning northern jazz scene” The Times
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- Friday 7, November of 2014 at 21:00
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