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CONCERT REVIEW: Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants (Courtyard Theatre 4/11/16)

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It says in Sasha Ilyukevich’s publicity that he’s a ‘punk rocker’, but put away thoughts of 1976 and safety pins  – he’s a punk rocker in the true sense and as John Lydon would define it: a genuine individualist. London-based Ilyukevich is a songwriter and vocalist from Belarus and his songs at the Courtyard Theatre…

Ian Mole | November 7, 2016
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CONCERT REVIEW: ‘Jazz from the Playing Card Factory’ – Sorin Zlat and his Trio

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Jazz certainly isn’t the type of music that would come to mind for most people on hearing the names ‘Rimbaud’ and ‘Verlaine’. This feeling of surprise persisted throughout the duration of the evening at Kings Place, with Sorin Zlat as composer and pianist, Andrew Trim on the drums and Michele Montolli on the bass. There…

Andreea Scridon | October 17, 2016
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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Delivery Boy’ by Kállay-Saunders Band

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András Kállay-Saunders is thirty-one years old, and born in NYC to a Hungarian mother and an American father, who was Lou Reed’s bass-player for many years. Kállay-Saunders now lives in Hungary after representing them in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest – but there’s nothing particularly Hungarian about this album. It comprises eleven well-performed and well-produced…

Ian Mole | September 24, 2016
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Album Review: ‘Velesu’ by Tomáš Kočko & Orchestra

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Also known as Tom Cat, Tomáš Kočko is a songwriter, film and opera director, an actor and a researcher into Moravian artistic history and religion. The nine tracks on Velesu, his ninth album, were produced and almost entirely composed by him. The lyrics are all sung in Czech and thematically this collection deals with the…

Ian Mole | July 23, 2016
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CONCERT REVIEW: ‘Scores for Scores’ by the Bega Blues Band at Rich Mix Shoreditch

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After the tension of three Euro 2016 footballs matches back to back, the Bega Blues Band – on Wednesday 15th June – was thankfully on hand to defuse the evening at Richmix Shoreditch. The Bega Blues Band’s sound was unapologetically steeped in its genre’s roots and reminded us of the merits of what would now…

Depo Olukotun | June 20, 2016