Travel Around the World with Jazz at the Forge

The EFG London Jazz Festival

Don't miss the EFG London Jazz Festival! 

This 10-day celebration of jazz runs from Friday 11 – Sunday 20 November 2016. Produced by Serious, the Festival has a deserved reputation for bringing world-class music to the capital throughout its long history, and this year is shaping up to be no exception.

This year, the Forge in Camden have programmed 12 events during the festival, many of which focus on crossovers between jazz and world music. From Cuba to Moldova, there's something for everyone. Here's a taster of what's in store.

There are two opportunities to experience the infectious, joyful rhythms of Afro, Dub and African music. First up, Soothsayers meet Wu-Lu (Nov 11th). This collaboration brings together Afro/Dub/Funk legends Soothsayers with bassist and producer Wu-Lu and DJ and producer Hector Plimmer. Then there's The Kutonoka Project (Nov 12th). They bring the music of Angola to Camden, blending it with jazz, makossa, funk, samba and rhumba and this time they welcome the world renowned West African guitarist Tony Dudu.

Record label Funkiwala Records will presenting a whole host of musicians that feature on their upcoming album releases on November 18th. Audiences can expect everything from Cuban to music to Indian with musicians like Pandit Dinesh, Dele Sosimi and 'probably the afrobeat-cuban-bangladeshi group' LoKkhi TeRra.

For fans of the guitar, Sunday 13th November provides not one but two opportunities to see masters at work. Maciek Pysz teams up with pianist Ivo Neame to explore the music of the great Hermeto Pascoal, inspired by the great piano/guitar duos like Fred Hersch/Bill Frisell and Bill Evans/Jim Hall. Then, John Cervantes presents a brand new show for 2016 which features choreography from flamenco dancer Jesus Olmedo and quintet – an evening of flamenco music and dance.

Shez Raja's gig on November 16th is truly a global experience; Raja presents the music from his latest album Gurutopia (which features Randy Brecker and Mike Stern). Indo-jazz funk perfoemd by a group that includes Polish singer Monika Lidke, saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos, Pascal Roggen on violin, Alexander Stanford on keyboards and drummer Chris Nickolls.

And that's just the start – multi-award winning drummer Ollie Howell plays on the 12th, Trigon fuse Romanian and Moldvan folk with jazz on the 17th, ,troubador Joanna Wallfisch appears on the 19th,Gary Crosby and Denys Baptiste celebrate Ochùn, the Patroness of Cuba, La Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre on the 19th and Cleveland Watkiss and Randolph Matthews are pit against each other in a vocal battle on the 20th. They close proceedings on 20th with Ariwo & DJ Vince Vella – Cuban music mixed with live electronic processing and a heavy jazz influence.

To find out more and to book tickets, visit the EFG London Jazz Festival website.

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