Empirical – Deeper Connections

April16-coverEight years into their ever-questing and consistently creative existence, acclaimed British four-piece Empirical have recently adopted unusual tactics in a bid to alter the dynamics of the artist-audience relationship. Recording their most recent album, Connection, after a week of highly interactive gigs in January last year, they’ve recently taken their music direct to the public via a series of performances at Old Street underground station in London. Kevin Le Gendre catches up with the group to discover how directly connecting with their listeners has shaped their music in new and unexpected ways

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Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – Between Sound and Silence

April16-coverWhat exactly is the noise of two stars colliding? It’s this nebulous concept that underscores the haunting new recording, a cosmic rhythm with each stroke, by multi-award winning pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpet heavyweight Wadada Leo Smith. Inspired by the work of Indian abstract artist Nasreen Mohamedi, the pair create sounds that arc across a vast sonic canvas. Kevin Le Gendre discovers this revered duo’s earthier connections and the silences between the notes are all part of their star-crossed creativity

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Ian Shaw – Standing Up For Joy

001 cover March16 8Charismatic jazz voice, actor, activist and sometime stand-up comic, Ian Shaw’s flamboyantly vibrant approach to songcraft continues to reveal itself in myriad forms, unravelling a canon of variegated vocal colour. Andy Robson caught up with the Welsh polymath to discusses the disparate cohesion of latest album, The Theory of Joy, the impact of Mark Murphy on his muse and the ramifications of the refugee crisis as a critique of the human condition

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Tord Gustavsen – Spiritual Uninity

001 cover March16 8Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen returns with a new album, What Was Said, and trio featuring Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and fellow countryman Jarle Vespestad on drums. Exploring an alchemic blend of Sufi and Christian sacred hymns, Norwegian folk songs and seminal American Beat poetry, interwoven with subtle electronics and jazz improvisation, it’s Gustavsen’s most bewitchingly beautiful work to date. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the pianist about how all these disparate themes melt seamlessly together into a unifying spiritual sound

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Bill Frisell – Tales from the Far Side

001 cover March16 8Master guitarist Bill Frisell’s latest album, When You Wish Upon A Star, finds him continuing to refashion the emotions of his past by reimagining the music of cinematic classics such as Psycho and Once Upon a Time in the West, to deliciously bucolic effect. Selwyn Harris spoke to the Grammy-winner about the lifelines of memory and the latent power of Hollywood’s forgotten soundtrack heroes

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