Summer with Serious - a thank you and an invitation
27th Jul 2020
Dubbed ‘the Golden Girl of Jazz’ by the Evening Standard, Camilla George took part in our Talent Development scheme last year as well as wowed at our EFG London Jazz Festival SummerStage alongside Kefaya and Elaha Soroor.
Rising through the ranks of Tomorrow's Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine's Venus Warriors band, her African roots and Caribbean ancestry shine through in a mix of jazz, calypso, afrobeat and hard bop with both precision and playfulness.
‘The world is safe because we have Camilla’ (Dee Dee Bridgewater)
During her Serious Livestream Session, Camilla will be performing her original material and arrangements, and Daniel Casimir joins her on bass for a number.
We’re pleased to present Abel Selaocoe, award-winning South African cellist who took part in our talent development scheme last year and showcased an exceptional performance together with percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger at our EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.
Redefining the parameters of the cello, Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation and passionate vocals. He’ll be performing songs from his upcoming solo album for the first time, as well as old tunes and improvisations.
This Serious Livestream Sessions takes place on the very same day Abel would have been in the studio recording this new record.
Hae ke kae? Where is home? is an album inspired by understanding the concept of taking refuge in different facets of life as a universal urge. It is about literal homes, politics, family, friends, strangers, religion and all things that help to strengthen one’s identity; a celebration of Abel’s home South Africa and an ode to some of those countries that gave him forefathers refuge in the times of apartheid such as Tanzania, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana and more. Through the vessel of the cello and voice, Abel creates a sound world inspired by stringed instruments of the African diaspora such as the Zeze violin (Tanzania), Uhadi (South Africa), Sekhankula (violin from Lesotho) together with an unwavering strength of the voice.
‘Abel is a truly unique musician, whose musical voice is as heartfelt and honest as they come. This humanity, coupled with his immense technical facility as a cellist - and singer - makes him an absolute joy to listen to and to make music with’ (Gwilym Simcock, jazz pianist)
Following taking part in our
‘Saxophonist Duncan Eagles holds the stage with his attractively dry tone, sharpness and the urgent ferocity of his tenor improvising’ (The Guardian)
‘Eagles is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene’ (Jazzwise)
Now, he joins forces with electronic artist Max Luthert to create Million Square – a duo of multi-layered electronic beats and accents with jazz saxophone licks floating above
‘Million Square are a band I’m particularly excited about. Led by two eclectic and masterful musicians. They’re on the fringe of electronic and acoustic brilliance' (Moses Boyd)
During their Serious Livestream Session, they will be performing their brand new release Spirit Bloom, as well as some tracks from their previous release Between Suns, and an exclusive performance of their new single to be released the day after
‘Million Square create swirling, hyper-complex compositions that pull inspiration from Coltrane as much as they do from Autechre’ (Tome To The Weather Machine)
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