Thursday Feb. 22nd, Broomhill Art Hotel: Bahla Inês Loubet • Voice, Tal Janes • Guitar, Joseph Costi • Piano, Andrea Di Biase • Double Bass, Ben Brown • Drums
Bahla is a London-based five-piece outfit, breaking new ground with their unique mix of cinematic jazz entangled with Jewish folklore. By learning how different cultures have met in the past, they have developed a way to organically marry their individual influences into an arresting and dynamic sound of their own. Formed by Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi and English guitarist Tal Janes while studying together in London, their meeting unearthed a sound world of Jewish folk melodies hidden in their memories from childhood, albeit in two different corners of the world. They curiously began researching and learning about the wide spread geography and history of the music, ranging from North-African rhythms, liturgical melodies and yiddish art songs from Russia. Bahla was born to bring their findings to life. Their debut album Imprints is a collection of 8 songs inspired by different stories of identity, migration and displacement. The music is home to many different influences ranging from Radiohead to Polar Bear and Shai Maestro, but has kept Jewish folk traditions at its core. Music and culture are joined at the hip and particularly in the current climate, Bahla have been driven to show that it is not only possible for different cultures to meet peacefully, but these moments of collaboration can lead to something new and exciting. Across the album, a distinctive palette is underset by a bold and dynamic rhythm section, while radiant vocals - echoing the modal form of Jewish prayer music - rise and fall over searching, delicate melodies on keys and guitar. Since their debut performance at the late BBC Proms, Bahla have kept a busy schedule including performances at the London Jazz Festival and Brecon Jazz Festival, and will support the release of Imprints with a number of UK shows in 2018.
Monday Feb.26th, Beaver Inn, Appledore: David Ferris Septet
Led by award-winning pianist/composer David Ferris and featuring Hugh Pascall on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, Chris Young and Vittorio Mura on saxophones and woodwind, Nick Jurd on bass and Euan Palmer on drums.