Tony Allen, Pat Thomas and Elvin Brandhi
Three musicians meet at BBC Maida Vale Studios for the first time and spend the day attempting to create magic. It's the latest in a series of memorable collaboration sessions.
Three musicians meet at BBC Maida Vale Studios for the first time and spend the day attempting to create magic. It's the latest in a series of memorable Late Junction collaboration sessions.
For this sonic experiment we are excited to put together Tony Allen, Pat Thomas and Elvin Brandhi, each of them from quite distinct musical worlds and of different generations too.
Tony Allen is known as 'Mr. Afrobeat'. A masterful drummer, he was the powerhouse behind Fela Kuti's band Africa '70. It's said that four drummers were needed to replace Allen when he eventually left the group. He has since recorded with Damon Albarn, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sébastien Tellier, alongside leading his own band.
Pat Thomas studied classical piano from the age of 8 and started playing jazz at 16. He has gone on to develop an utterly unique style, embracing electroacoustic experiments, improvisation, jazz and new music. He has a rich history of amazing collaborations, with artists including Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Chris Corsano, Charles Hayward and Alexis Taylor.
Elvin Brandhi, aka Freya Edmondes, is a singer, producer and visual artist. With her father, Mykl Jaxn, she makes stream-of-consciousness, lo-fi noise pop under the name Yeah You. This year she was one of eight winners at the inaugural Oram Awards, an initiative from The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop and PRS For Music Foundation to champion innovative women in sound and music.
Tonight Verity also plays anarchic tracks from miscreant youths. Those featured include Dublin folk group Lankum, Chilean producer Kamixlo and South London nu-jazz horn player Chongo.
Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.