Take Five Presents: Robocobra Quartet
Sun 22 November
Stream time / 6:00pmWATCH HERE
EFG London Jazz Festival is very proud to present its inaugural showcase of artists from Serious’ prestigious Take Five talent development programme – a scheme that supports emerging jazz and improvising musicians through mentorship, residencies, and collaborations. Past participants include Seb Rochford, Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, and Nubya Garcia. The inaugural Take Five presents features performances by 10 artists from the last two years of Take Five, who Serious have commissioned to create a bespoke video of a performance of some of their newest material which will be broadcast throughout the festival.
Comprising saxophones, bass guitar and samplers surrounding a drummer-vocalist, Robocobra Quartet’s unmatched live performances channel-hop from moments of joy and playfulness to periods of intense fury. This reputation has earned them invitations to festivals across the world including Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), SXSW (USA), Latitude Festival (UK) and Inversia Festival (RU).
Their self-produced Northern Ireland Music Prize-nominated album 'Plays Hard To Get' pulls you like a rag doll through its nine tracks of improvisation-soaked post-punk. Featuring oblique production nods to influences as disparate as modern classical music and 60s pop, the album track 'Short Stretch of Day' was recently used in the HBO documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.
A cunning marriage of jazz, spoken word and punkThe Quietus
Exploratory pioneers.BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
Fugazi meets Mingus.Drowned in Sound