This very special mini-festival features two bands who mix exciting new music and electronica influences with contemporary jazz creating something new and exciting along the way: The mighty Manchester based piano trio GoGo Penguin and local heroes Mammal Hands (album launch).
Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians from Norwich: Nick Smart keyboards, Jesse Barrett drums and percussion, and Jordan Smart saxophones. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Aphex Twin and DJ Krush, alongside elements of North Indian and African music their debut album, Animalia is released on Gondwana Records in September 2014.
“It’s obvious why the Manchester clubs are jumping to this band.” – The Guardian
“A stirring re-evaluation of what a piano trio should sound like in the 21st century” – Barclaycard Mercury Prize
“Closer to Aphex Twin than Dave Brubeck… a group marking out their own musical world” – The Times
Manchester based Gondwana Records is one of the UK’s hippest labels releasing outstanding albums by deep saxophonist Nat Birchall, label boss Matthew Halsall and the genre-smashing trio GoGo Penguin.
Hotly tipped as the rising stars of UK Jazz by The Times newspaper, – skittering breakbeats, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody all contribute to a sound that’s wholly GoGo Penguin’s own. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, the brilliant GoGo Penguin, draw on a heady brew of influences from Squarepusher to Brian Eno, Debussy to John Cage and Massive Attack to create their unique, groove-heavy, highly lyrical, acoustic-electronica sound. Their latest album, v2.0, was released to widespread acclaim in March 2014.