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Wed 31 May

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Soundcrash proudly present the inimitable, experimental, genre-shaking creative jazz ensemble that is Sons of Kemet on their anticipated return to Village Underground.

Kinetic, earth-revering and with famously electrifying live performances, Sons of Kemet features four of the UK jazz scene’s brightest stars, culminating in a revolutionary mix of music that spans jazz, rock, dub and Caribbean folk.

Led by saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and ‘BBC New Generation Artist’ Shabaka Hutchings, Sons of Kemet counts Theon Cross on tuba and both Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Babyshambles) and Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down, Mulatu Astatke) on drums. Hypnotic double drum rhythms frame the colourful interplay of saxophone, clarinet and tuba as the original compositions are brought to life by four fiercely creative musicians.

Sessions on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz On 3 and at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 2 have catapulted the band into the limelight. This is set to be a incredible night in a space that magnifies the band’s undeniably explosive sound.

“There’s the burble, shriek and honk of Shabaka Hutchings’ sax, underlined with dark smudgy sounds from Theon Cross on tuba, and two very different drummers; the clouting, funky, polyrhythmic presence of Seb Rochford contrasts brilliantly with lighter ticking and hissing percussive work on cymbals by Tom Skinner,” Jon Lusk for Village Underground.

An unmissable event for jazz lovers of all stripes.
16+ Each under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Right of admission reserved.