Glad to say I’ll be performing an unplugged mbira set at this year’s Chilled Cider event, lunchtime Saturday 21st June at the Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset. Quite possibly the best pub in the world. Thanks to Pete Lawrence for the invite.
Just scored the next film – “Happy Thoughts” – from Layke Anderson (director) and Jean-Paul Berthoin (DP) of Little Cricket Films, who made the awarding-winning Dylan’s Room (which featured Erebus & Terror)
Fingers crossed this one hits the spot as well – further info at the FB page below
Thursday 20th February 2014 6pm – 7pm Charing Cross Road Ray’s Jazz Event, Free Event
Newanderthal is a music project featuring Ansuman Biswas, Malcolm Darwen, Tom Green, and Haymanot Tesfa. A potent blend of sraj accompanied Ethiopian and Bengali song forms, with mbira patterns derived from Steve Reich and jazz-infused bass riffs.
Ansuman Biswas :: Hang, percussion, esraj, sarod
Tickets: FREE, no need to book, just come along!
MSF are running a competition to find music for this video – and they’re good people, so I thought I’d have a go. The number of youtube ‘likes’ it gets will count towards the result, so if you do like what I’ve done please ‘like it’ on youtube. Many thanks.
No, not Another Fine Day, but also yes… since three of those who make up Newanderthal performed in the AFD ‘massive’ that used to be the line-up for the Sunday shows at the Big Chill Festival, 1994-2010 (and now RIP as the festival we knew and loved)
Newanderthal is an occasional mostly improvised acoustic ‘world’ music hybrid-side-project-sort-of-thing, and we just played a short set last Saturday at the 108, Rich Mix, Bethnal Grn, London. To a fine reaction, it has to be said, thanks to those who came. No recordings available for now but it’ll happen one day.
Photos copyright Sonja Fowler - no further use without her permission.
Ansuman Biswas (esraj), Haymanot Tesfa (vox), Tom Green (array mbira)
Malcolm Darwen (guitar) Ansuman Biswas (hang)
Tom Green (array mbira)
So happens that this photo (taken on my allotment) has just won first prize in a tiny competition run by the Soil Association to promote the growing of bee-friendly flowers.
Which is nice …
But what’s that to do with music ? Well, there’s a strong line of the pastoral (dare I say romantic) running through a lot of my music. And I think a lot of people like that- we all come from a long line of hunter-gatherers, then growers, and we’re still tuned to the sounds out there. Birdsong may have become a new age cliche but they’re still better composers than we will ever be. And the sound of bees on my plot in May is one of the best sounds there is. It would be a total disaster for us, and the bees, if their music disappears. Quite probably the end of our civilisation, literally. Our lives depend on it.
Definitely looking forward to playing a short acoustic set with Ansuman Biswas, Malcolm Darwen, and Haymanot Tesfa (we’re collectively known as Newanderthal) at the 108 event at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, this Saturday 19th October. 8.00 pm – though the event lasts all day.
Further info here