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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 | 30/10/2015
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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 | 30/10/2015
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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 | 20/10/2015

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 | 08/10/2015

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 | 27/09/2015

Preview: Anglo-Hungarian Jazz Festival (23rd – 25th September)

Continuing its now well-established association with the Hungarian jazz scene, and the Budapest Jazz Club in particular, the 606 Club is excited to present this three-day festival featuring some of Hungary’s finest musicians joining with British stars to perform in an extraordinary Trans-European jazz collaboration. Liliana Chachian (vocals), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Gareth Williams and Jim Watson (piano) and Winston Clifford and James Maddren (drums) are among the…

Robin Ashenden | 16/09/2015

Anglo-Ukrainian Band ‘Muha’ at Night of Festivals, reviewed by Ian Mole


The actual venue for this gig was rather hard to find but was located in a small, hot and rather muddied tent on a field not far from Barking Town Hall. About a dozen people were present in the audience as the four-piece band launched into their first song. Muha began in 2004 and play…

Ian Mole | 20/07/2015
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Shepherds of Cats featuring Panelak, reviewed by Depo Olukotun


Pasterze Kotów’s (Shepherds of Cats) improv music creeps up on you and steals your attention but not in a ghoulish sense. The ensemble start their set without introducing themselves or their tracks, and only a good few minutes into their playing does it dawn on you that what you thought was a process of tuning…

Depo Olukotun | 15/07/2015

Czech Band Mydy Rabycad at the Henley Festival, reviewed by Ian Mole


It seemed a difficult task at first. A young band from the Czech Republic playing their first U.K. gig and trying to win over an audience – with an average age of about sixty – who’d almost certainly never heard their music before. Also, Mydy Rabycad are a dance band and this was an all-seater…

Ian Mole | 15/07/2015