Keyna Wilkins is a Sydney-based composer-musician whose music has been variously characterised as (amongst other labels) Art Music, Space Jazz and Indigenous-Jazz Fusion. Certain of her preoccupations resonate with issues that we here in Scotland, likewise face. Scottish Jazz Space’s FM had the pleasure of interviewing her recently.
Photo credit: Phyllis Wong. https://jazzineurope.mfmmedia.nl/2021/12/keyna-wilkins-composing-soundtracks-to-some-of-the-biggest-issues-of-our-time/
Lukas Ligeti is a composer, drummer, electronic percussionist and improvisor whose conceptually rich and genre transcending music is attracting increasing attention world-wide. He hasn’t played in Scotland for a few years now, but hopefully he’ll tour through here again in the not too distant future! 🤞 Here is SJS’ (under my name FM) recent interview with him, as appeared in Jazz In Europe today 5th July 2021.
Credits for within-article photos: Markus Sepperer. https://jazzineurope.mfmmedia.nl/2021/07/lukas-ligeti-discovering-new-types-of-beauty/?fbclid=IwAR3H9f78i7oH0AF9BhPGYK3ryhLPNc1eDfVtKd7RosPpZF2YYVdkyp4l33M
Jazz in Europe have run an interview with me (FM) to promote the Scottish jazz scene! 😀 A bit of a stream of consciousness gush from me, but hey, Scottish jazz IS AMAZING!
(This article was originally planned to come out on International Women’s Day, hence the greater focus on women jazzers.) https://jazzineurope.mfmmedia.nl/2021/05/the-scottish-jazz-space/
Baz Gordon and The Tomorrow Band, a new Scottish funk and soul supergroup release their debut single on 26 March 2021: ‘Time At Last’. Judging by this song & the the wee video below, the album ‘Inside/Outside’ due to launch at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, will be stonking!
This is a concept album about living in lockdown over the course of a day, written by Gordon during the…
Tele-Port, the final band to appear at SHUFFLE Luxembourg on 11 March 2021, played up a very free and adventurous storm. Here is the quartet playing ‘Epiphany’. Their album ‘Tele-Port’ was released in 2019. Tele-Port with Jeff Herr, Pol Belardi, Zhenya Strigalev and Jerome Klein. Congratulations to the organisers of SHUFFLE for sharing some of Luxembourg’s very best music. 👏
Vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher was 7th to play at SHUFFLE Luxembourg on 11 March 2021, presenting a beautiful solo set. His album ‘Sol’ (the musical note, the sun, going solo for the first time, the present lonely time) came out in 2020. Here is the very lovely title tune.
Michel Meis 4tet with outstanding violinist Théo Ceccaldi was the 6th band featured at SHUFFLE Luxembourg on 11 March 2021. They played some rich and lyrical modern jazz. Their album ‘KaBoom’ will be out this May 2021; here is their ‘Re:build’.
Claire Parsons and her band, the 5th band featured at SHUFFLE Luxembourg on 11 March 2021, presented a very beautiful set. Her album ‘In Geometry’ was released in 2020. Here is their slow-burn ‘Line. Dot. Curve.’
Benoit Martiny Band, the 4th band featured at SHUFFLE Luxembourg on 11 March 2021, playing their highly energetic jazz-rock. Their album ‘Moon Of Uranus’ was released in 2020 by BYP Records. Definitely a crowd-pleaser, judging by the live online comments!
Their humorous/poignant tune, ‘The world goes to shit but you still play that jazz’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1NFHsVZSP4&list=PLvxzHiKNCHiMX_TJRIwYB3XrTUz9SXMZ3&index=12&ab_channel=music%3ALX%2CLuxembourgExportOffice
‘Lockdown Patchwork’ by Leafcutter John. Made from over three hundred diverse field recordings that were contributed by members of the public. Commissioned by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival & Leeds Art Gallery, it premieres on 25 March 2021 at 7pm GMT. Likely to be really interesting. 👍