Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: I Am Warrior; Adrianne Lenker; Mochi Men
10 January, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
ENJOY some of the best emerging jazz at I Am Warrior, a special fundraiser at the Jazz Cafe on Jan 12. Five generations of alumni of charity Tomorrow’s Warriors will come together to premiere new commissions specially created for the next generation of Warriors, followed by a multi-generational Warriors reunion jam, featuring Zara McFarlane, Soweto Kinch, Binker Golding, Cassie Kinoshi, Shirley Tetteh, Mark Crown, Peter Edwards and more. Tomorrow’s Warriors has been nurturing aspiring jazz musicians since 1991 with the aim of improving diversity and equality through a pioneering development programme championing young jazz musicians from the African diaspora, and those whose limited financial circumstances might prevent them from pursuing a career in music.
• The Dublin Castle Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club continues on Jan 16 with an evening with writer, musician, composer, nightclub host, curator, actor and adventurer Richard Strange, who will be performing solo show An Accent Waiting To Happen, in an evening of songs, films clips, stories, readings and gossip from his 40 years in the arts and entertainment world. As well as being frontman of protopunk art-rock band Doctors of Madness, Richard’s long and eclectic career includes narrating and singing baritone in the UK premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, featuring in Hal Willner’s concert Amarcord…Nino Rota, and collaborating on Language Is A Virus From Outer Space with composer Gavin Bryars, a cantata based around the life and work of William Burroughs. His memoir, Strange: Punks and Drunks and Flicks and Kicks, was published by Andre Deutsch in 2005.
• The third London Blues Week begins on Jan 14, running for six nights at The 100 Club. It concludes with a show from Mud Morganfield, son of blues legend Muddy Waters. This year’s line-up also includes Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Sugaray Rayford, Chantel McGregor, Sharrie Williams, Sari Schorr, Bruce Mississippi Johnson, Lisa Mills, Jo Harman and more.
• Adrianne Lenker, singer with Brooklyn band Big Thief, has had a prolific few years as a songwriter. She takes her solo self to Union Chapel on Jan 17.
• Brit reggae stalwarts Aswad have been going for more than 40 years. They play the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday) with support from rootsy reggae group The Hempolics.
• Francois K began his career in dance music in Studio 54 and The Paradise Garage, before founding New York’s “Body & Soul” parties. A well-respected figure in the global club scene, Francois K appears at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).
• Venture over to Kensington this week for three special performances to celebrate the history of the electric guitar and its impact on music and culture. The Story of Three Guitars That Changed The World, at the V&A Museum (Jan 11-13), combines video projections and documentary footage with live music, performed by a seven-piece band. Seven Decades, co-created by Phillip Hylander and Michael John Ross, weaves together live music, documentary, and rare vintage guitars to tell the story of how a simple musical invention had a revolutionary impact on the world. The 90-minute performances, specially written for the V&A, will chart the evolution of rock and roll from the 1950s to the present day, covering genres ranging from rockabilly, country and rock and roll, to heavy metal, punk and disco, and featuring music from James Burton and Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine. The band, led by guitarist and co-creator Michael John Ross, will play vintage instruments from the period to highlight the enduring influence that the Fender Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Fender Stratocaster have had on modern music and culture.
• Nashville-based independent artist Ron Pope (above) attracts millions of streams online. He plays Union Chapel on Jan 12.
• Parisian duo Mochi Men (DJ/producer of Young Pulse (G.A.M.M.) and selector ATN (New Morning)) share their love of disco, funk, AOR and deeper selections at Spiritland on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13).