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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 | September 16, 2015
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Anglo-Ukrainian Band ‘Muha’ at Night of Festivals, reviewed by Ian Mole

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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 | July 20, 2015
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Shepherds of Cats featuring Panelak, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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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 | July 15, 2015
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Czech Band Mydy Rabycad at the Henley Festival, reviewed by Ian Mole

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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 | July 15, 2015
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Review of Mydy Rabycad’s ‘Glamtronic’, by Ian Mole

Mydy Rabycad are a four piece group from Prague who describe themselves as an electroswing dance band: a good way to encapsulate their sound. Nero Scartch on drums and keyboards is the mainstay of the band, co-writing the music for ten out of the eleven songs here,  as well as writing the lyrics for three…

Ian Mole | June 8, 2015
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‘Hungarian Musical Life in the Shadow of Nazism’, reviewed by Nick Barlay

‘It’s not pretty,’ says Ágnes Kőry, Hungarian-born musician, teacher and researcher in historical musicology, to open her talk marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hungarian Cultural Centre. ‘It’s not a happy story but it must be told.’ The story in question relates to Jewish musicians during that uncertain, troubled and ultimately murderous period of Hungary’s…

Nick Barlay | April 25, 2015

‘Paris of the East: An Evening of French and Romanian Songs’, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

The Romanian Cultural Institute London  has just celebrated the International Week of the Francophonie, an organization that recognizes 57 countries affiliated with French culture, either through having French as mother tongue or through cultural and historical ties. Together with the newly born Rimbaud &Verlaine Foundation  in London, the ICR  put together an evening of poetry…

Camelia Ciobanu | March 31, 2015
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‘Fanfare Ciocarlia’ at Koko Camden reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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Comically large tubas, the wailing wah-wah of trumpets and an exuberant crowd with their hands in the air, it sounded and looked like the circus had come to town. Close, but not quite, it was Fanfare Ciocarlia that had come to Koko Camden. Fanfare Ciocarlia,  a Romanian brass ensemble, basking unashamedly in pure showmanship oblivious…

Depo Olukotun | March 22, 2015
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Gypsy Fever at the Hootananny Brixton, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

The country that was Yugoslavia might not exist anymore but it lives on in the hearts of some.  Katarina Gadjanski and other “ex-Yugoslavians” who came to see her ensemble The Gypsy Fever Quartet at the Hootananny Brixton proved the case, on what would have otherwise been just another Wednesday night. Gadjanski took a packed house…

Depo Olukotun | March 3, 2015