A supergroup of some of the best young performers from across the musical spectrum.
Shabaka Hutchings on clarinet and tenor saxophone
Oren Marshall on tuba and electronics
Seb Rochford (Polar Bear) on drums
Tom Skinner (Zero 7 and Zed-U) on drums
Sons of Kemet is the brainchild of young reeds player and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings, whose ambition for this ensemble was to assemble the most unlikeliest of line-ups and allow them free rein for their distinct musical personalities to shine through.
The resultant music is loud, earthy, vital, and refreshingly rough-edged at times but surprisingly danceable; the two drummers spur off each others’ energies and the tuba occupies a variety of roles from breathless walking bass to subtle, overdubbed layers of sound. Shabaka’s plaintive tone and uncluttered compositions frame the sound.
‘This interesting combination of instruments erupts into glorious free jazz with an accessible edge’
– Mary James reviewing gig at Warwick Arts Centre 17/10/12.