Wednesday 15th March
SOWETO KINCH QUARTET featuring REUBEN JAMES piano, NICK JURD bass & ED RICHARDSON drums presents 'Nonagram’
The album concept revolves around a nine-sided wheel or nonagon. Each musical point along the wheel explores a feature of different numbers or shapes. For instance the track exploring ‘3’ uses frequencies such as 60Hz and relates it to 180Hz (the internal and total angles of an equilateral triangle). Through shifting time signatures, harmony and tonality the music explores how sound can describe incorporeal ideas of mathematics, traveling through each point along a digital system: how music gives form to ideas that can’t be seen in the natural world; or how these fundamentals are expressed in nature or sacred geometry. Taking broad inspiration from bird song and cymatic patterns, to the Egyptian Ennead and Platonic shapes this album will feel like a journey through a hidden world of abstraction.
“In an age where words, science or religion are often used to divide people, I’m largely inspired by these numerical and sonic aspects of music that transcend cultural differences. Whilst writing the Legend of Mike Smith, I had innumerable conversations about ‘dark forces’ controlling the music industry and keeping the populace as sheeple. Part of the inspiration is in injecting a musical antidote that instead inspires us to see new visions of the surrounding world”
Soweto Kinch is multi award-winning saxophonist, MC and composer specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world. Revered among both musicians and rappers alike, Soweto has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, BBC Best Jazz Band, Montreux Jazz Festival Award, Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz innovation, Winner of the White Foundation World Sax competition and a nomination for the much coveted Mercury Award. He now hosts his very own weekly BBC radio show ‘Jazz Planet’.
Growing up with a playwright for a father and an actress for a mother, performance has always been in Soweto’s blood and has over the years become an ambassador of urban culture as well as a British jazz institution with achievements ranging from the curation of several large international festivals to the production and scoring of various highly acclaimed music-based theatrical works to starring in a reality show series which followed him and other music figureheads like Goldie and Ms Dynamite as they each mentored and coached 12 vulnerable youths ahead of their live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.
Soweto Kinch is currently touring his new album ‘Nonagram’ in trio/quartet format with saxophone/vocals, drums, bass and piano – Expect scalding hot hard bop jazz/hip-hop grooves spliced with free flowing fiery lyrics of the likes you’ve never heard before!
“Gangsta Rappa or Jazz Supremo? Both” Jazzwise
“Hyper-talented saxman/rapper” Evening Standard
“An amazing display of verbal and musical virtuosity” Telegraph
“Kicks pure Jazz and authentic rap into a brave new world.” Guardian
“Hip-hop militant and exploratory jazz astronaut” Rochester City Newspaper
“One of the most eminent saxophonists on the British scene today” Music OMH
“Combines rap, spoken word, electronics and raw, high-energy jazz” All About Jazz
“Soweto Kinch adapts hard-bop sax to hip-hop rhythms and is a sharp MC” Metro
“Jazz and hip-hop are seamlessly blended without Kinch ever compromising either style” Time Out
“A distinct and commanding way of looking at jazz, at hip-hop, and at the whole performance situation” New York Times
“Contemporary and classic styles. It's difficult to think of anyone currently able to produce a more convincing and engaging mix than Soweto Kinch” BBC Music