Thursday 17th October 2019
- Saturday 19th October 2019
£20.00 - £52.50
WATCH SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS LIVE TONIGHT (SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER) AT 11.15PM
SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS is an explosive Japanese jazz band, comprised of five musicians; Shacho (agitator, spirit), Tabu zombie (trumpet), Josei (piano), Akita Goldman (bass) and Midorin (drums).
At its core, the group is about giving pulsating live performances. SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS combine the highest musicianship with the coolest of cool sounds and atmosphere. Their brand of jazz is rough around the edges, unadulterated entertainment and constantly kept at boiling point.
Each member brings his own unique talent and perspective. They originally met at a club event in Tokyo in 2001. The Tokyo club scene was dominated by DJs until SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS arrived, breaking the mold as live pioneers. Calling their music "DEATH JAZZ", they gained recognition for performing an original form of aggressive alternative jazz. The band comments; “We always felt that in the world of jazz, there was an unwritten rule that the musicians were to concentrate on their techniques and the audience were simply there to admire, like a transmitter/ receiver relationship. We wanted to break away from that and create exciting jazz with far more interaction between the players and the audience”. Shacho, who holds a rather unusual title in a jazz band as “the agitator”, plays a key role in this by stirring and stimulating the audience.
It did not take long for SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS to become one of the hottest new bands in Japan and becoming favorites of major festivals including Fuji Rock. Their international breakthrough came when Gilles Peterson, the renowned British DJ, introduced the them through his Radio 1 show "WorldWide'. In the summer of 2005, by invitation from Giles, the band traveled to the UK to perform on his program. The name spread further via the international jazz network and at the BBC World Wide Award later that year, SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS was awarded with the "John Peel Play More Jazz Award".
The band's album ‘Pimp Master' was released in 2006 through Compost in Europe and Brownswood Recordings in the UK. The band played at Glastonbury Festival in June 2007 coincide with release of their “Pimpoint' album in Europe and the UK. They came back to Europe in the fall of 2007, appeared BBC’s popular music program “Later…with Jools Holland”, played with Jamie Cullum for BBC’s Electric Prom show.
While continuing to perform in Japan, the band expanded their playing field performing in overseas countries and at major international festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival (Japan-’03, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’11, ’13), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland - ‘06) , Glastonbury Festival (UK- ‘07), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherland- ’06,’08’&09), Java Jazz festival (Indonesia- ’09, ’12), Mosaic Music Festival (Singapore- ’08, ’09), Roskilde Festival(Denmark- ’09), Cape Town Jazz Festival(South Africa- ’10) , Sydney Festival (Australia-’14) and many more.
New album “Black Track ” were release on April, 2016.
Philippe Lemm Trio
LINE-UP: PHILIPPE LEMM drums; JEFF KOCH bass; SHARIK HASAN piano
“Stunning, beautiful, and magnificent music was performed at the 2017 Northwest Jazz Festival. An overwhelming audience favorite. The Philippe Lemm Trio are consummate musicians with intricate and exciting arrangements. One of the most refreshing jazz music to hit our festival in years!” Tony Zambito, Artistic Director North West Jazz Festival
The Philippe Lemm Trio, one of the most exciting and dynamic jazz groups of the last decade, makes a major statement with their latest release First Steps. A follow up to their 2018 OiM debut City Birds, First Steps demonstrates the trio's unique, dynamic voice that has developed after ten years of stellar creative output and consistent touring.
First Steps is centered around the bandleader's background in dance. Lemm notes: "Before I played the drums I was a dancer, and in a way, I still feel like the drums are my expression of movement." A reflection on the events of the past year, Lemm says, "2020 felt like an uncertain choreography. We had to practice slow-dancing by ourselves and learn to maneuver without reference. It dictated its own movement and made us more aware of our fundamental need for one another and how much we desired our dance partners." Musically, First Steps draws inspiration from traditional folkloric dances and their rhythms while some songs take inspiration from reflections on life and the events of the past year.
A bittersweet moment for bandleader Lemm, this release celebrates the life and musicianship of longtime friend and collaborator, pianist Angelo Di Loreto who passed away in October of last year. Alongside Lemm's drums and percussion and Jeff Koch on bass, Di Loreto's musical voice is woven intrinsically on this poignant ten track collection.
The overall message is to "keep moving, keep flowing, be flexible."
The trio has performed on stages like: Blue Note New York, Ronnie Scotts, North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Concertgebouw, Getxo Festival (Bilbao), Rockwood Musichall (New York), Loftas (Vilnius), Tivoli (Utrecht), Blue Frog (Mumbai)
“Subtile, powerful and wayward. Drummer Phillippe Lemm found his voice in New York and we want more of it!.“- Radio 6
"From the first note till the last on the edge of your seat.......mesmerized by the trio" - Erik Raayman, Draai om je oren
“From Wayne Shorter to Jenny Arean... The Philippe Lemm Trio completely wins you over.”
"This concert was a revelation" Michiel van Ree, Artishock
"New Amsterdam is a true discovery full of enthusiasm and intrigues you from the first note" - WritteninMusic.com