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Paul Booth's Bansangu play Pet Sounds

18th May 2024

Bansangu Orchestra is a fresh contemporary orchestra formed by Paul Booth, Giorgio Serci and Kevin Robinson. It boasts some of the finest London-based musicians, such as Jason Yarde, Ryan Quigley, Shanti Paul Jayasinha, Trevor Mires, Steve Fishwick, Davide Mantovani and many more.

Ticket prices

£40 – £60

Line-up

PAUL BOOTH – musical director, sax
NATALIE DUNCAN, LIANE CARROLL – vocals
SAM MAYNE, JASON YARDE, RICHARD BEESLEY, GEMMA MOORE – saxes
RYAN QUIGLEY, KEVIN ROBINSON, SHANTI JAYASINHA, STEVE FISHWICK – trumpets
TREVOR MIRES, NICHOL THOMSON, PAUL DUNLEA, RICHARD HENRY – trombones
GIORGIO SERCI – guitar
ROSS STANLEY – piano
DAVIDE MONTOVANI – bass
SATIN SINGH – perc
TRISTAN BANKS – drums

While retaining a traditional big band format, Bansangu consciously steers clear of the traditional big band jazz and swing repertoire, choosing instead to perform self-penned compositions and original arrangements that showcase the rich and diverse musical influences from Brazilian, African, Cuban, Caribbean, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures, all performed with the intelligent skill and sensitivity fast becoming the trademark of this exciting ensemble.

The band’s name comes from the compliment Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira would pay his band in English: ‘Ban San Goo’ meaning ‘Band Sounds Good!

This particular project stems from Paul’s love of the Beach Boys album ‘Pet Sounds. He decided to transcribe the original album in its entirety in order to learn the music to its core before arranging it for this particular line-up. Then came the task of putting the songs into a context that fits within the possibilities and potential of a big band setting.