After a great set at Hidden Door 2017, the outstanding Soweto Kinch Trio are coming back to Edinburgh to play at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival!
Double MOBO Award winner Soweto Kinch is one of the British jazz scene's brightest stars. His distinctive brand combining technically brilliant, bebop-influenced alto saxophone and imaginative, incisive, hip-hop lyricism; ignores musical barriers to deliver thrilling live concerts infused with showmanship and sheer energy.
“A real tour de force… scalding saxophone” (The Guardian)
The trio will be playing songs from the acclaimed latest album Nonagram:
The album concept revolves around a nine-sided wheel or nonagon. Each musical point along the wheel explores a feature of different numbers or shapes. For instance the track exploring ‘3’ uses frequencies such as 60Hz and relates it to 180Hz (the internal and total angles of an equilateral triangle). Through shifting time signatures, harmony and tonality the music explores how sound can describe incorporeal ideas of mathematics, traveling through each point along a digital system: how music gives form to ideas that can’t be seen in the natural world; or how these fundamentals are expressed in nature or sacred geometry. Taking broad inspiration from bird song and cymatic patterns, to the Egyptian Ennead and Platonic shapes this album will feel like a journey through a hidden world of abstraction.
“In an age where words, science or religion are often used to divide people, I’m largely inspired by these numerical and sonic aspects of music that transcend cultural differences. Whilst writing the Legend of Mike Smith, I had innumerable conversations about ‘dark forces’ controlling the music industry and keeping the populace as sheeple. Part of the inspiration is in injecting a musical antidote that instead inspires us to see new visions of the surrounding world” (Soweto Kinch)