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Polar Bear

Jez Nelson presents a concert given at London's XOYO in which Seb Rochford's five-piece band Polar Bear perform new music from their album Each and Every One.

Iconoclastic five-piece Polar Bear perform new music from their album Each and Every One, in concert at London's XOYO.

Led by drummer Sebastian Rochford, Polar Bear have been central to the
British experimental scene for the past decade, with their unique brand of genre-bending post-jazz. On previous outings their sound has embraced everything from punk to hip hop, however their latest record sees a shift to more intense and expansive territory - with warm electronic flavours seamlessly integrated at the heart of the music. Twisting, long-form compositions come to life through the saxophone melodies of Mark Lockheart and Peter Wareham, whilst electronics whiz Leafcutter John, bassist Tom Herbert and Rochford anchor the sound in hypnotic rhythms.

Also in the programme, journalist Marcus O'Dair explores how electronic music and production are shaping the structure of jazz today.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Miranda Hinkley

First broadcast in April 2014.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 1 Dec 2014 23:00

Music Played

  • Polar Bear in concert at XOYO, London on 2 April 2014

    • Polar Bear

      They're All Ks And Qs Lucien

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

  • Sebastian Rochford and Leafcutter John in conversation with Marcus O'Dair

  • Polar Bear in concert at XOYO, London on 2 April 2014

    • Polar Bear

      Open See

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Part 2

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Be Free

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Life and Life

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Chotpot

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Sometimes

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

  • Marcus O'Dair explores a 'New Electronic World'

    • Featuring interviews with Mister Barrington, Mark Guiliana, Dawn of Midi and Polar Bear

    • Mister Barrington

      Can't Turn Back

      • Forthcoming.
    • Mr Barrington

      I Don't Know

      • Forthcoming.
    • Mehliana

      And Bob's Your Uncle (Live At The 2013 London Jazz Festival)

    • Jason Lindner

      Worrisome

      Composer: Jason Lindner

      • Now vs. Now.
      • Anzic Records.
    • Dawn of Midi

      Io

      Composer: Amino Belyamani / Aakaash Israni

      • Dysnomia.
      • Thirsty Ear.
    • Dawn of Midi

      Sinope

      Composer: Aakaash Israni / Amino Belyamani

      • Dysnomia.
      • Thirsty Ear.
    • Polar Bear

      Be Free

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

      • In Each And Every One.
      • Leaf.
  • Polar Bear in concert at XOYO, London on 2 April 2014

    • Polar Bear

      Maliana

      Composer: Sebastian Rochford

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