Lőrinc Barabás at The Forge Camden London, Friday  11 December 2015

Lőrinc Barabás at the Forge Camden, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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A live music set isn’t often a metaphor for staying power and rising to a challenge, yet Lőrinc Barabás’ appearance at the Forge Camden certainly is. Lőrinc Barabás or Barabás Lőrinc – in Hungary the surname is written first – launching his latest studio album Elevator Dance Music on the night, is a multi-instrumentalist one-man-band:…

Depo Olukotun | 16/12/2015
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Polish Psychedelic Folk Group Księżyc at Cafe OTO, reviewed by Ian Mole

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They played for just over an hour without any breaks and mesmerized the vast majority of the audience packed into this small Dalston venue. This Polish five-piece were originally together from 1990 to 1996 but reformed in 2014. Their name means ‘moon’ and appropriately their music is about the symbolism of the moon : femininity,…

Ian Mole | 06/12/2015
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Violin and Piano: Clara Cernat and Thierry Huillet at the RCI, reviewed by Lucy Murphy

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The grand old building of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgravia was the venue for tonight’s concert, where renowned duo Clara Cernat (violin) and Thierry Huillet (piano)  played a programme of musical masterpieces, with works by Enescu, Saint-Saens, Gershwin and many more. The concert was dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Colectiv…

Lucy Murphy | 09/11/2015
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Norwegian-Czech Jazz Quartet at The Spice of Life, reviewed by Lucy Murphy

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It’s not often a pub in London survives two world wars only to end up becoming a thriving 21st Century Jazz Club, but The Spice of Life on Cambridge Circus has done just that and The Norwegian-Czech Jazz Quartet (NOCZ) exploded onto the stage tonight with their fiery, free jazz. NOCZ is a Norwegian/Czech band…

Lucy Murphy | 30/10/2015
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Folk Album ‘Tři Hlasy’ (Three Voices) reviewed by Ian Mole

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This live album was recorded at a folklore festival in Náměšti nad Oslavou in the Czech Republic in early August 2014 and the three voices of the title belong to Irén Lovász from Hungary, Michal Elia Kamal (from Iran with a Jewish background) and Jitka Šuranská from the Czech Republic, whose idea it was to put the band…

Ian Mole | 30/10/2015
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Harpsichordist Alina Ratkowska at the Handel House Museum, reviewed by Lucy Murphy

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It was Handel’s very own recital room at the Handel House Museum, Brook Street, where Alina Ratowska’s London concert took place. A resonant nostalgia filled the room: here Handel himself rehearsed his musicians and singers between 1723 and 1759.  Ratowska, born in Gdynia, Poland (1976), gave us here an eclectic Baroque programme on the harpsichord with…

Lucy Murphy | 20/10/2015
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Klezmer Band Oysland at Jamboree, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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It was a twenty-something crowd – mainly – that was basking in the glow of Oysland’s klezmer music: Klezmer, a label roughly alluding to Eastern European or Balkan Jewish music, making Oysland a Yiddish folk act. Being both Balkan and Jewish, the band’s set was European with an unmistakable combination of Middle Eastern, Romani and…

Depo Olukotun | 08/10/2015