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Polish Psychedelic Folk Group Księżyc at Cafe OTO, reviewed by Ian Mole


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 | December 6, 2015
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Violin and Piano: Clara Cernat and Thierry Huillet at the RCI, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


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 | November 9, 2015
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Norwegian-Czech Jazz Quartet at The Spice of Life, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


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 | October 30, 2015
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Folk Album ‘Tři Hlasy’ (Three Voices) reviewed by Ian Mole


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 | October 30, 2015
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St.Martin in the Fields Lunchtime Concert: Mircea Belei & Attila Szekely, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


Commended by Vladimir Mendelssohn for his ‘outstanding personality not only as a viola soloist, but also as a chamber musician’, Mircea Belei entered the hall at St. Martin in the-Fields alongside pianist Attila Szekely, a graduate from the Music Academy in Cluj, to rapturous applause – and they began their first piece Kol Nidrei,  for…

Lucy Murphy | October 29, 2015
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Harpsichordist Alina Ratkowska at the Handel House Museum, reviewed by Lucy Murphy


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 | October 20, 2015

Klezmer Band Oysland at Jamboree, reviewed by Depo Olukotun


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 | October 8, 2015

Anglo-Hungarian Jazz Festival at the 606 Club, reviewed by Valenka Navea


My time machine has landed in the swinging 60’s, bang-dot in the middle of a beatnik jazz-den, the 606 Club, near classy Chelsea Harbour. I’m slightly annoyed this little gem of a venue has been sitting under my nose for decades without my knowing it, but happy to be at the Anglo Hungarian Jazz Festival…

Valenka Navea | September 27, 2015