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Ishmael Ensemble Live at SVA, Stroud
15 December 2018
Hot on the heels of their performance at Maida Vale for Gilles Peterson's U.K. Jazz special on BBC6music, Bristol based experimental electronic jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble make their Stroud debut!
As a multi-instrumentalist and established DJ who divides his time between the club and the live circuit, Pete Cunningham defies categorisation. He initially bubbled up amongst an emergent class of young guns coming through the Wolf Music and Church stables, alongside Seb Wildblood, Medlar & Frits Wentink. With his name now established, Cunningham has brought his history of playing in bands around full circle and the latest stage of his career has taken shape to reflect this: enter Ishmael Ensemble.
2017 saw the Ishmael Ensemble’s first EP, Songs for Knotty, followed by a remix for Detroit techno demigod Carl Craig. These formative steps have become a sprint in 2018, as a string of 7”s entitled Severn Songs began flowing out across the year. The Bristol-inspired records variously bridge fleet-footed jazz, lush downtempo, modulated electronica, Fourth World tones, and all manner of stirring sonic swells. This overall thrum of activity shows a group bristling with confidence and itching to prise open new possibilities.
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