BLASIO KAVUMA: JUNGLE // FEATURING TOM MASON, SUITMAN JUNGLE AND CECILIA BIGNALL
Strings and breaks – jungle goes classical in this event curated by Nonclassical Associate Composer Blasio Kavuma, featuring Tom Mason, Suitman Jungle and Cecilia Bignall.
The architecture of jungle and drum & bass is knocked down and reassembled in front of our eyes, melding it with contemporary classical, jazz and live performance to explore new potential for this enduring and influential music. ‘The inspiration for the night came from my long-standing addiction to Jungle music,’ says Blasio. ‘As a composer I’m constantly seeking to bridge urban music with contemporary composition. I wanted to bring together artists who are also working to achieve this to present their work.’
Blasio electronically mangles Cecilia Bignall’s cello improvisations, the rhythm of the breakbeats lurking beneath the surface in his new work, Soundclash. Elsewhere, Suitman Jungle – the creation of percussionist Marc Pell – brings jungle to life in real time from behind his drum kit, armed with effects pedals and synth pads. Finally, improvising bassist Tom Mason plays over his own productions released under the alias Son of Mothra, exploring the different percussive textures of the classic breakbeat canon, fusing it with abstract soundscapes and fragmented jazz harmony.
DJ and producer Decibella selects tracks between sets and closes the night, capturing the authentic sound of jungle across its broad spectrum of forms.
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TICKETS £6 (CONCESSION*), £10 (ADVANCE), £12 (ON THE DOOR)
*concessions include students with valid NUS card, JSA, ESA and the over 60s.