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The European buzz of the year has to be Manchester’s GoGo Penguin – skittering breakbeats, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody all contribute to a sound that’s wholly their own.
Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, the brilliant GoGo Penguin, draw on a heady brew of influences from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST to create their unique, groove-heavy, highly lyrical, acoustic-electronica sound.
Their debut album ‘Fanfares’, was released to universal acclaim in November 2012 and was named jazz album of the year at Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Awards. Their hook-laden, anthemic follow-up, v2.0, is scheduled for release in early 2014.
“Adventurous, accessible and melodic” The Times
“Destined for great things” BBC Music
“Brilliant young piano trio” The Daily Telegraph
“A beautiful mixture of cyclical piano sounds and motifs with great grooves” Jamie Cullum BBC Radio 2
GoGo Penguin at Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2012 © Mark Savage
This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London. Known as the Spring Quartet, this powerful ensemble on its first visit to the UK, brings together Jack DeJohnette, the peerless drummer at the heart of many of the...