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Mon 27th Aug at 8:00pm
Brass & Percussion Ensembles
@ Cafe Oto, London
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Brass & Percussion Ensembles: Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith + Gail Brand + Ian Smith + Byron Wallen + Charles Hayward
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Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith has been active in the creative contemporary music world for over 30 years. A trumpet player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, his original theory of jazz and world music has been significant in his musical development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in high school concert and marching bands. At the age of 13, he became immersed in the Delta Blues and improvisational music traditions. As an improvisor-composer, Smith has studied a variety of music cultures (African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American) and to fully express this music, he has developed an original theory and notation system for jazz and world music which he calls Ankhrasmation.
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One of the new crop of emerging acts, Ian Smith employs a careful, unhurried delivery that conceals a nicely pointed attitude with a sack full of neat gags to match.
'Fantastically funny' (The Times)
'Star of the future' (Time Out).
'... delightfully offbeat writing, a mastery of phrasing and summons up some
fine comic images. A talent, for sure' (http://www.chortle.co.uk).
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Byron Wallen is ‘one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive’ (Jazzwise Magazine).As well as touring, playing with a wide variety of well known artists such as Mica Paris, Caron Wheeler, Shola Ama, Roland Gift, Desmond Dekker, Janet Kay and Grace Jones, and playing the trumpet in movies such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and De-Lovely: The Cole Porter Story, Byron is also a teacher and a composer with several albums, including Indigo, which contributed towards his BBC award for Innovation in Jazz.
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Venue: Cafe Oto
18-22 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL 51.546963, -0.074741
→ Dalston Junction 2 min walk