The Claudia Quintet, Mopo
Jez Nelson presents American ensemble the Claudia Quintet performing at London's Southbank Centre as part of the 2013 London Jazz Festival. Plus Finnish trio Mopo in session.
The Claudia Quintet have been grooving somewhere in the space between jazz, minimalism and post-rock for over 15 years. This performance at a special London Jazz Festival edition of Jez Nelson's Jazz in the Round event shows that bandleader and composer John Hollenbeck's music sounds as fresh as ever. The set, with guest pianist Tom Cawley, features music from their Royal Toast album - pieces named after toilet manufacturers from around the world, although happily, this is about as far as the connection goes!
Also in the programme, Finnish trio Mopo are in session. 'Mopo' means 'moped' in Finnish, and the name matches their raw, at times punkish approach; but it also evokes a more playful element to the music, summed up by the group's more than occasional use of children's toys.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Miranda Hinkley.