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Fat-Suit is on a collective journey through music, using jazz as the point of departure to explore a myriad of sound worlds. This ensemble of rotating musicians originated in the collegiate surroundings of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, but it has wasted no time enervating the already vibrant jazz scene in Glasgow.
The cast has been assembled from a diversity of musical backgrounds and it includes folk musicians with finesse, house artists with grit, rockers with attitude and hard boppers with style. The influence of contemporary exponents of jazz, funk and fusion such as Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck and GoGoPenguin are obvious influences, but Fat-Suit are already opening up fresh lines of enquiry. The approach may appear looser and more relaxed, but the aim is to entertain as much as it is to dazzle with technical ability.
Fat-Suit have a strength in depth as well as in numbers, and can call on some of Scotland’s finest young musicians, many of whom were making waves even before graduating.
The larger than life rhythm section is held down by the solid application of funk power to the subtleties of jazz. Guitars raise their voices, cutting through waves of burnished brass, while keyboards create alchemic shapes around elegant strings. This is the sound of next generation jazz, where highly informed and extremely open-minded players curate new music for a new century.
WERKHA LIVE BAND
Werkha has fine-crafted a singular sonic portfolio; exploring a vast array of live instrumentation, band arrangement, electronic production, DJ and remix work. These are going to be very special shows you don’t want to miss.
Like his busy schedule, Werkha’s productions demonstrate an infectious energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm for exploring the ways in which sound can traverse time and space, taking in transatlantic jazz and soul, diasporic West African percussion, trembling Chinese guzhengs, rolling Lancashire hillsides and vibrating urban tenements.
Supported consistently by Gilles Peterson, who included early single “Sidesteppin” on his Brownswood Bubblers Ten, Werkha’s music has also been heavily championed by THUMP, Eton Messy, Rob da Bank, BBC R1’s Monki, John Kennedy at Radio X, and a broad range of BBC 6Music tastemakers including Lauren Laverne, Nemone and Tom Ravenscroft.
Werkha’s virtuoso live band, fronted by regular collaborator Bryony Jarman-Pinto, alongside Matt Davies (kit), Alan Keary (bass), Dom Morris (FOH), have been busily honing their craft for a while now, playing clubs and festivals across Europe, alongside high profile support tours with Bonobo and Chet Faker. Werkha’s DJ chops are also impressive, most effortlessly at home in the context of the So Flute club-night he helps run in Manchester, alongside fellow residents Baloo, Bolts, Danuka and Yadava.
With a new album out now, see Werkha live at The Lemon Tree as he continues to expand his already wide musical ideas in depth and breadth, exploring the possibilities of movement through sound.
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