Friday, 7 July 2017

Poetry on a Summer's Afternoon

Benjamin Cusden
Poets Anonymous

Date - 2nd July 2017
Venue - The Bandstand, Wandle Park, Croydon CR0 4XT

Future performance
7th July 2017 - Poets Anonymous at Ruskin House
8th July 2017 - Poets Anonymous at the URC, East Croydon United Reform Church

On one of the most perfectly light and dazzling Summer days of 2017 a group of poets gathered in the Victorian Bandstand in Wandle Park. Each poet read 3 or 4 poems, with a range of styles and rhythms. The poems darted between themes, those that caught the ear were entertaining, perceptive, political, humorous, vengeful and proud, to name just a few. Each passing stranger dipped in for a few minutes, joined the throng underneath the bandstand's canopy, and then moved on into the park. There the ice cream seller pushed his cart from one spot to another in the hope of catching the sunbathers' attention. 

Andy Frost
As you listened to the poems you could see the characters come alive in front of your eyes. Beyond the bandstand there were the lovers, the children frolicking beside the Wandle, the homeless man sleeping in the afternoon heat. Nature played its role too as the light danced through the trees. It was a day to remember.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Julian Costello Quartet - Early Transitions

Julian Costello
Julian Costello Quartet
Julian Costello - saxophones
Maciek Pysz - guitar
Yuri Goloubev - bass
Adam Teixeira - drums

Date - 10th June 2017
Venue - Café Posk, Hammersmith, UK
BUY - Tea and Scandal (576675 Records DK)

Adam Teixeira
Future performance
Wednesday 19th July - The Bulls Head 373 Lonsdale Road Barnes SW13 9PY
Friday 21st July - The Agile Rabbit  Brixton Market SW9 8PR
Saturday 22nd July - The Agile Rabbit  Brixton Market SW9 8PR
Sunday 10th September 12pm - Herne Hill Festival Bandstand.
Friday 6th October - JATP Jazz Glydegate, Little Horton Rd, Bradford BD5 OBQ
Saturday 7th October - Jazz Coop Newcastle
Sunday 8th October - Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, High Peak SK22 4BH
Tuesday 10th October - Pizza Express  CD Launch Transitions on 33 Jazz Records 10 Dean St  W1D 3RW
​Friday 13th October - Bridport Arts centre, 9 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR
Sunday 22nd October - 1pm The Oval, Oval road Croydon CRO 6BR 1pm
Sunday 29th October Black - Mountain Jazz, Melville Theatre Abergavenny NP7 5UD
Wednesday 8th Nov SUJC - 275 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Ferndown, BH22 8SQ
​Friday 10th November - Birmingham Jazz

Yuri Goloubev
Julian Costello is a London-based musician, composer and teacher. He got a scholarship from Trinity College of Music where he took a Postgraduate Certificate of Performance in the Saxophone. Julian writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet, plays in a number of jazz big Bands, in a vocal/cello and guitar trio and in a world music trio that uses tabla, guitar/loops and soprano saxophone.

 Transitions, the latest album by the Julian Costello Quartet, will be released in September 2017 on 33 Jazz Records. It was recorded at Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy and mixed and mastered by ECM engineer Stefano Amerio.

Maciek Pysz
This new Quartet features Maciek Pysz on guitar, Yuri Goloubev/Michele Tacchi on bass  and Adam Teixeira on drums. They have been playing venues in London and the UK to sell out crowds.

This quirky quartet loves to jam, is full of humour and has been playing concerts as a segue, a continuous unbroken set. By the end of the first set, so much tension has built up that the release of pent-up applause by the audience is fantastic. We love jamming!

The critic Ian Mann wrote:

"The combination of soprano saxophone and guitar was highly effective and Costello adopted a warm, clarinet like tone on his soprano ... on an episodic piece that also featured some exquisite interplay between Pysz and Costello."

Julian Costello

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Bernhard Schimpelsberger - Rhythm Diaries

Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Date - 17th May 2017
Venue - A World in London, SOAS, London, UK

Rhythm Diaries - Cuban Encounters Crowdfunding
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We got our first sneaky peek into the diary of Bernhard Schimpelsberger back in December and  the next juicy entry is revealed on this A World In London! 
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Multi-percussionist composer, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, launches his Crowdfunder for the Rhythm Diaries on May 23rd so you can pre-order this release, plus ensure the next instalment which will take him to Cuba! It’s a unique opportunity to plunge yourself into 10 European cities and the unique creations of fifteen cutting-edge musicians, collaborating with Bernhard on a groove postcard written in jazz & electronica. With all this Euro-tunnelling through sound & space you can be sure that after Bernhard explores Afro-Cuban drumscapes in the hidden depths of Havana, there’ll be more journeys in store and musical equivalents of the Trans-Siberian or Orient Express. Hop on board now!! Order here:

17/5/17 – AWIL at Res 127  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, sketches by Alban Low. Also this week Srdjan Beronja at SOAS Radio! Next week Munto Valdo @ Resonance & Koki Nakano at SOAS.

#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Alan Franks - Wherever You Go album launch

Alan Franks

Alan Franks
Kathleen Williamson
Charlotte Moore
Amanda MacLean
Syd Maddicott
Ross Baxter
Chrys Salt
Isabella Pappas
Dorten Yonder
Glen Strachan
Tim Whitehead
Jonathan Gee
Dorten Yonder - Jan Lawrence

Date - 6th May 2017
Venue - Oddfellows Hall, Richmond-upon-Thames, UK

Ross Baxter

Current release

Wherever You Go (2017)

Future Performance
Alan's latest play, Looking At Lucian, about the painter Lucian Freud, opens at The Theatre Royal, Bath on 31st August 2017, starring Henry Goodman.

Kathleen Williamson
A gig to launch the album Wherever You Go which features the lyrics of playwright and journalist Alan Franks. The tunes, which range from jazz, through pop ballads to folk, are the work of many musicians, including the internationally renowned saxophonist Tim Whitehead, Indie rock star Glen Strachan, and Franks himself. This is the sixth CD of Alan’s songs.

Tim Whitehead
Of the making of Wherever You Go Franks says: ‘It’s been a joy to work with all these gifted people and to hear their musical response to my words. In many cases, I don’t think I knew quite what I was trying to say until I heard their performances.’

Amanda MacLean
A collection of oddfellows came together for Alan Franks album launch and although Franks was the catalyst for this night (and the CD, Wherever You Go) it was the strength and depth of talent on show that was the greatest pleasure for the packed audience.

Glen Strachan
There were effortless performances of the highest quality from Tim Whitehead's trio and Isabella Pappas but it was in the eddies of Alan Franks' flowing words where this mind was caught. The purity of Amanda MacLean, first with Dorten Yonder and subsequently unaccompanied, rushed the bones like a chilling wind. The peripheries of life dropped away and nothing mattered but the voice and its icy truths. Glen Strachan has a very different charm, in a similar way to MacLean he can cut through the artistic fluff but he is also pure Art itself. In another life, on another island he would be a pictorial Dora Maar, a split personality that both weeps and dazzles through its intense colour. I'm sure Alan Franks will achieve ample recognition with Wherever You Go but you feel this is also a seedbed of collaboration just waiting to spring forth.

Isabella Pappas
Isabella Pappas is a singer and actor. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in The Nether at the Royal Court and Duke of York's Theatre in 2015.

Dorten Yonder - Maggie Eiseman-Renyard
Dorten Yonder formed in 2013 when Pete and Maggie Eiseman-Renyard joined forces with Spootiskerry (Richard Cryan, Jan Lawrence and Neil Rogers) to record a CD of Maggie's songs.

Dorten Yonder - Neil Rogers
That CD is now available, but the five of them have enjoyed the project so much that they are going to carry on performing together - broadening the repertoire to include traditional dance music and song, and compositions by other band members.

Dorten Yonder - Richard Cryan
As Maggie's songs called for varied arrangements, with a wide range of timbres, they have continued to use guitars, bass guitar, mandolins, fiddle, whistles, flute, concertina, bouzouki, tenor and bass recorder, banjo and percussion in their performances.

Chrys Salt
Chrys Salt is an award winning writer who has performed her poetry across the UK, in Europe and the USA. Work has been published in journals, magazines and anthologies and broadcast on Radio 3 and 4. She is Artistic Director of The Bakehouse, a flourishing arts venue in SW Scotland and Literature Convener for The Dumfries and Galloway Festival.

Syd Maddicott 
Syd Maddicott was a British diplomat who was High Commissioner to Cameroon from 2006 to 2009.
He sings and records both a soloist and as a member of the shanty crew the Old Gaffers, and well known for their renditions of sea songs and shanties.


Pete Eiseman-Renyard

Friday, 28 April 2017

Eliane Correa - Tornado of Passion

Eliane Correa
Manuela Panizzo

Date - 26th April 2017
Venue - A World in London, SOAS, London, UK

Future Performance
April 29th 2017 at La Linea 2107, Rich Mix London

Eliane Correa and Manuela Panizzo on this A World In London! 
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Manuela Panizzo
A tornado of energy, passion, and infinite talent breezed into AWIL this week in the form of Eliane Correa! Pianist, composer, and musical director of numerous outstanding projects, Eliane has an enquiring and restless mind that challenges the status quo and seeks out the truth. She champions the unrepresented and digs out the undiscovered, surging the treasure found deep within Afro-Cuban roots and rhythms through her compositions. Piano may be her primary instrument given that she was drawn to it as a toddler, but equally remarkable is her sultry voice with raw gypsy power. For this session at AWIL, we had two Latin hearts in vocal harmony – Italian & Spanish – beating as one, as Manuela Panizzo joined Eliane in the studio.

Their voices will pair again this Saturday at Rich Mix for La Linea Festival 2017, adding to a perfect line up that includes The London Lucumi Choir. Together they’ll also premiere a new single – ‘Love In the Ashes’ – raising much needed funds for domestic violence charities. Although she thrives in every setting, choirs make sense as Eliane naturally gravitates towards big collaborations, matching the enormity of her own talent and vision; thirty-one musicians from Havana feature on her album, ‘Rumba Con Flores’. When asked ‘’where is home?’’, Eliane  replies ‘’neither London nor Havana’’ because she is a citizen of the world. For an artist of world-class calibre and infinite capability like Eliane, perhaps even the world is not enough! 

26/4/17 – AWIL at Res 124  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Sketches by Alban Low. Also this week, new global albums at SOAS Radio! Next week Dashni Morad @ Resonance & non-stop music at SOAS. HAPPY FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY RESONANCE FM!!!!!!!
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Chico Chica - Witty Jazz-Pop at AWIL

Barbara Snow

Chico Chica
Hilary Cameron - voice/piano
Tom Hannah - voice/guitar
Barbara Snow - voice/trumpet/percussion

Date - 12th April 2017
Venue - A World in London, SOAS, London, UK

Current releases

Falling, Falling (2017)

Future Performance
19th April 2017 - The Pheasantry, Kings Road, Chelsea

Tom Hannah
This Bank Holiday treat your ears to a multiplex of songs & spoken word wrapped around Salsa, Samba, Tango and Rai by London 5-piece Chico Chica! This witty, worldy wordy collective dazzled us on A World in London with their bumper-packed treasure chest of new goodies from their forthcoming album ‘Falling Falling’!

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Hilary Cameron
AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Apr 15 She'koyokh @ Beans & Barley, Apr 19 Chico Chica @ Pizza Express Kings Road ChelseaThe Pheasantry, Apr 21 Olcay Bayir Offical & Djanan Turan @ Epic Dalston, Apr 21+22 Bubble Schmeisis @ Battersea Arts, Apr 22 NAMLO @ St Ethelburga’s Listen to the World, Apr 23 Amizade at Pizza Express Jazz Club 23.04.17, Apr 28 Don Kipper @ Stour Space, Apr 28 Hura Nights with Djanan Turan & Special Guests @ the Library, Apr 29 Don Kipper Trio @ The Stable, Whitechapel, Apr 29 Oysland @ Jamboree, Apr 29 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ The Alice Bar. APR 18 – 29 La Linea - The London Latin Music Festival @ various ...more at

AWIL visitor Jess Low

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Give a Gig Week - Youth Music Charity & Tourino Records

Florence Glen
Tourino Records
Florence Glen
Jahi the poet

Date - 31st March 2017
Venue - The Pocket Watch, Shepherd's Bush, UK

Current releases

Florence Glen - Spread Them Eggs
Tourino Records - "Barrington Way" by Politburo (March 18, 2017)                                                                                                           

Future Performance 2017
Florence Glen
10th April. Blue Monday @ Boogaloo, Highgate, London
14th April. Sofar Sounds @ London - secret location!
16th April. @ Wendell Park Farmer's market  

Jahi the Poet
A evening of conversation, poetry and acoustic music at The Pocket Watch in Shepherd's Bush, London, UK in aid of the Youth Music Charity. On the final day of Give A Gig A Week an embrace of beautiful West London people gathered to share music and spoken word as the populace boozed themselves into the weekend. Rather than battle the background chatter from the bar Florence Glen slowly brought the audience closer in a conspiratorial huddle, gathering us like the selected few. We swam against the tide, a shoal of glittering minds eagerly listening to the wash of Glen's music. In contrast the audience leaned back for Jahi The Poet's performance, he was a wave, a personality and talent of some force.

Emily Somerville
Give a Gig Week is a nationwide extravaganza of live music and fundraising. Hundreds of gigs of all shapes and sizes took place during 24-31 March 2017. Give a Gig Week is an initiative to raise funds for Youth Music. They are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances.