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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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 13 Jan 2014 23:00

Music Played

  • BBC Introducing track

    • Moss Project

      Freud and Jung Ride the Tunnel of Love

      • What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?.
      • Babel.
  • Pat Metheny Introduces his new album

    • Pat Metheny Unity Group

      Kin

      • Kin.
      • Nonesuch.
  • The Claudia Quintet & Tom Cawley recorded at the Clore Ballroom, London on 23 November 2013

    • Line up: John Hollenbeck (drums), Chris Speed (clarinet and sax), Matt Moran (vibraphone),

    • Red Wierenga (accordion), Drew Gress (double bass), Tom Cawley (piano)

    • The Claudia Quintet

      Zurn

      Composer: John Hollenbeck

    • The Claudia Quintet

      Sphinx

      Composer: John Hollenbeck

    • The Claudia Quintet

      Armitage Shanks

      Composer: John Hollenbeck

    • The Claudia Quintet

      Ideal Standard

      Composer: John Hollenbeck

    • The Claudia Quintet

      Keramag

      Composer: John Hollenbeck

    • The Claudia Quintet

      Paterna Terra

      Composer: John Hollenbeck

  • Mopo recorded at Strongroom Studios, London on 22 November 2013

    • Line up: Linda Frederiksson (saxophones), Eero Tikkanen (double bass), Eeti Nieminen (drums)

    • Mopo

      Mopodisco

      Composer: Mopo

    • Mopo

      Luonto Kutsuu (Nature Calling)

      Composer: Eero Tikkanen

    • Mopo

      Lisaa Koiria (More Dogs)

      Composer: Eeti Nieminen

  • New release

    • Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell

      Longing

      • Parallel Moments.
      • Babel.

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