Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita braid tales of Wales and Senegal

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (photo: Josh-Pulman) ‘The harp and the kora appear to us like old instruments, designed for quieter sparser times’, instruments which ‘can seem out of place in this cacophonous world’, writes Andy Morgan in the sleeve-notes to Clychau Dibon, the album that took the folk-roots world by storm last year.  In … Continue reading Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita braid tales of Wales and Senegal

Reisjeger/Fraanje/Sylla: classicism, African rhythms and jazz improvisation

Our first evening in London was spent listening to Mozart.  The next two evenings were occupied with music of a very different kind, taking in concerts that were part of the 2013 London Jazz Festival.  On Saturday we went along to the Southbank Centre to hear Arild Andersen’s star-studded Quintet, and were blown away by … Continue reading Reisjeger/Fraanje/Sylla: classicism, African rhythms and jazz improvisation

Les Triaboliques

Three faces that might have been chiselled from Mount Rushmore, Les Triaboliques took to the stage in the Rodewald Suite at the Phil last night and gave a blinding performance of dazzling fretwork on guitar and other, less-familiar stringed instruments.  Les Triaboliques are Justin Adams, Lu Edmunds and Ben Mandelson, all guitarists with long pedigrees, … Continue reading Les Triaboliques