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.
+support: Philippe Lemm Trio
LINE-UP: Philippe Lemm - drums, Jeff Koch - bass, Angelo Di Loreto - piano
New York based drummer Philippe Lemm was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he started his musical journey at the age of 16. At the age of 19 he was admitted at The Amsterdam Conservatory. In his second year at the conservatory Philippe started touring internationally with jazz trumpeter Saskia Laroo as well as leading his own group Wazabe. At the end of his studies in Amsterdam Philippe was extensively playing with renown Dutch jazz musicians like; Karel Boehlee (Toots Thielemans), Jorg Kaaij (Jazz Orchestra of the Concert Gebouw) and Peter Tiehuis (Metropole Orchestra).
In 2009 he started his second group as a leader: Philippe Lemm Group where he released 2 records with and toured extensively with in Europe.
In 2011 he was a recipient of one of the most prestigious scholarships in The Netherlands; Huygens Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. Philippe graduated in 2013 and receives his Masters Degree from this prestigious institute and becomes the first Dutch drummer that earns his Masters Degree for Jazz Drums from the Manhattan School of Music.
Philippe Lemm performs on drum set and percussion alike, covering a broad range of styles reflecting his wide interest in everything music and his natural feel for groove and texture regardless of genre.
Renowned stages Philippe performed at include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center DC, Concert Gebouw, Bimhuis and North Sea Jazz Festival. He appears on over 50 cd’s as a side man and released 6 records with groups that he leads or co-leads.
After graduating from Manhattan School of Music Philippe was invited by India’s leading school for contemporary music, True School of Music in Mumbai, to be an Artist in Residence and Head of the Drum Department for 4 months. In india he started to collaborate with Bollywood superstar Shilpa Rao and accompanied he in her “Hard Rock Café India Tour 2013”
Currently Philippe Lemm is working with the New York based group Life Size, Angelo Di Loreto Trio, Olli Hirvonen Quartet, Sharik Hasan New York Quartet, Pat Carroll Group, Roman Rofalski Trio and vocalist Andrea Wood to name a few.