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The XANA CD launch at the Forge in Camden 13/10/12

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The XANA CD launch at the Forge in Camden was overflowing with a gregarious crowd who helped us raise lots of money for WOMA – more on that in the days and weeks ahead. Here are snips of pre and post gig reviews.. (the full versions are on our PRESS page)

“Preview: Terryazoome Album Launch, Forge, Sat 13th Oct,…The pieces are carefully arranged, with lots of space for solos. Saxophonist Diane McLoughlin is the ideal choice, with her background in jazz and Balkan music (her own big band Giant Steppes fused the two). At times her sweet soprano sounds like Jan Gabarek playing oriental scales; at other times she recalls Basil Coetzee with deeper, throatier sounds over a South African Township feel. Athens-born, UK-based Angelos Georgakis improvises in the bouzouki tradition, with fiery triplets and trills which contrast with McLoughlin’s cooler tones. When they improvise together it’s very beautiful…. I predict exuberance, and (who knows?) dancing- this is music to lift the spirits. Can’t wait.”

ALISON BENTLEY 24/9/12 in London Jazz Blog

“… the first set of Terryazoome – Launch of their album Xana proved something of a revelation. … it was simply phenomenal…. a memorable musical event that I would not have wished to have missed. .. do try and catch Terryazoome live. They are a class act. And one would hope that there will be many more live appearances to come…”

RICH RAINLORE in Rainlore’s World of Music 14/10/2012

“… It is very rare that I get the opportunity to see a live performance of the bands whose CDs I review! But with TERRYAZOOME my wish was fulfilled. I was absolutely delighted by the exciting atmosphere and electricity at the gig..”

ANITA RAHM in Melodiva 8/11/2012

WINSTON CLIFFORD photo by Anita Rahm who came all the way from Germany to see us!

Here are a couple of videos of the gig. WASA MATA an instrumental and BREAK MY HEART, sung beautifully by our own Winston Clifford. The sound directly from the video is not optimal.. but wanted to get these on the website! As soon as we have a mix of the recording we will repost these and others. Have made a video of from stills of THE DALBEATTIE LION & THE ISTANBULL. Its on the CD, and didn’t want to compromise on sound!! Let us know what you think!

THE DALBEATTIE LION & THE ISTAN-BULL is about how we are all the same but different. How you can take the same ingredients, tunes, food change tempos and emphases or spices and suddenly these same things become much more culture specific. Except here in TZ… as I am a mongrel… so is my music.

TERRY GOES TO WOMEX

Terry then flew to Thessaloniki to attend WOMEX, the World Music Expo, for the first time. A full-on and up-to-date experience of the business end of World (and more) music, and a welcome break from grey skies!! WOMEX was held in the Helexpo centre shown in the plan. The other photo is of the British stand area at the Trade Fair part of the proceedings to give you a flavour.

Wonderful to visit the beautiful city of Thessaloniki for the first time. The phantom photographer… wandering about taking snaps! As I cannot put them all in, I have chosen this one as it gives a great flavour of the relationship of the Med to the port and city.

  

VISTING THE EXTENDED TZ FAMILY

Then off to Cyprus to visit with Mike and Keti – here playing Mike’s wonderful ZOZEF bouzouki at their house.

The winter months will be spent working up material for the next album. Here’s to a peaceful end to this year.

Elisavet Sotiriadou reviews XANA for fROOTS

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Elisavet Sotiriadou reviews XANA for fROOTS (for magazine No. 355/356, January/February 2013)

TERRYAZOOME – Xana WMP0012

An interesting name for a debut album, as ‘xana’ is Greek for again/once more. In Xana Terry Hunt brings together the three musical and cultural traditions that have coloured her music and perspective, namely Greek, African and Latin music. The opening track The Dalbeattie Lion & The Istan-Bul/ is a breezy musical introduction; a piece that glides above the ground, flying and travelling across borders. Terry Hunt who plays guitar and bouzouki has also written the lyrics and songs on the album. Swaying and gently touching on the sounds of Dionysis Savvopoulos and Mikis Theodorakis on this particular track, it is Diane Mcloughlin’s saxophone that gives the song the Terryazoome and Xana identity. Summer Friends is a catchy zeimpekiko with English and Greek lyrics about not taking care of one’s heart. The autobiographical Where Do We Go From Here? is a jazz-inspired reflection Terry composed after a band she previously played with folded.

One of my favourite songs is the intriguing final track Subliminal Suggestion where the saxophone and Angelos Georgakis’ bouzouki entertain all your senses. But there is more going on here with Alison Rayner’s bass and Terry’s guitar doing a broken record type of riff which is repeated throughout the song, and the rest of the instruments seeming independent from this repetitive melodic phrase as if almost on the verge of being out of synch, but without creating cacophony. This is a subtle instrumental piece full of character that you want to play once more as the album comes to an end. This is yet another example of how Terry Hunt and her musicians match the various styles of jazz, African and Latin rhythms with the Greek music on Xana, because the word ‘terryazoome’ in Greek not only means we fit together and we click, it can also mean that we make it click or we make it fit. However, this is not an album with typically Greek songs and sounds but a record by international and Greek musicians outside Greek borders who play songs influenced by the Greek tradition as well. But with such rich flavours and spices from the Latin, African and Greek tradition at hand I had expected Xana, which is very carefully and beautifully played to make more of a bold statement. But this is just the start; I think Terryazoome has potential for some zing and oomph in their follow up album. For now, Xana is a definite grower with every listening, and a very soothing and relaxing experience.

TERRY’S NOTE: http://www.frootsmag.com Please subscribe to this key magazine, it is a goldmine of information

ANITA RAHM 8/11/12

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London – grand meeting of women in jazz!

On 13 October 2012 there was a fantastic CD release with the group TERRYAZOOME ( www.terryazoome.com) in London UK (The Forge, Camden NW1). Bouzouki player, guitarist and composer Terry Hunt along with Alison Rayner (electric & bass), Angelo Georgakis (Lead Bouzouki), Diane McLoughlin (soprano & tenor saxes, accordion) and Winston Clifford (drums) five brilliant musicians performed musical mix of jazz, Latin, African music and from Greece some with traditional flavours.

It is very rare that I get the opportunity to see a live performance of the bands whose CDs I review! But with TERRYAZOOME my wish was fulfilled. I was absolutely delighted by the exciting atmosphere and electricity at the gig, which may emerge as their next musical highlight (since they were recording the event live).

Terry Hunt, with her predominantly instrumental compositions, creates a rarity in jazz, whereby she has composed a piece for each of her musicians to sing . Terryazoome’s guest singer, Lorraine Jordan (www.lorrainejordan.net ) as usual brought her own special warm voice to the two songs she sang.

This concert was not only the CD launch for Terryazoome’s Debut Album XANA, but a fundraiser for a charity they support, WOMA (World of Music and Arts assists). WOMA is a charitable foundation and helps women who are widowed or disadvantaged by war, famine and AIDS by supporting the educational grants for women. More information about it at: www.womatrust.org

London – grandioses Treffen von Frauen im Jazz!

Am 13. Oktober 2012 fand in London (The Forge) eine fantastische CD-Präsentation mit der Gruppe TERRYAZOOME (www.terryazoome.com) statt. Die Bouzouki-Spielerin, Gitarristin und Komponistin Terry Hunt vereinte mit Alison Rayner (Electric & Kontrabass), Angelos Georgakis (Lead Bouzouki), Diane McLoughlin (Sopran & Tenor Saxes, Akkordeon) und Winston Clifford (Drums) fünf brillante Musikerinnen und Musiker zu einem musikalischen Mix aus Jazz, Latin, Musik aus Griechenland und afrikanischen Traditionals. Als CD-Rezensorin habe ich in den seltensten Fällen die Möglichkeit, die Band live zu sehen. Doch bei TERRYAZOOME erfüllte sich mein Wunsch, endlich die Gruppe einmal live zu erleben. Ich war rundum begeistert von der interessanten Stimmung und aufregenden Spannung, was wohl als nächstes musikalisches Highlight auftauchen würde. Terry Hunt schafft mit ihren überwiegend instrumentalen Kompositionen eine Rarität im Jazz, indem sie für jede Musikerin und jeden Musiker ein Solo-Gesangsstück komponierte, passend für die jeweilige Stimme. Die Gastsängerin Lorraine Jordan (www.lorrainejordan.net) erfrischte das Konzert nochmal mit einer ganz besonderen Note. Eingebettet in dieses Konzert war eine Charité für WOMA (World of Music & Arts Assists). WOMA ist eine gemeinnützige Stiftung und hilft Frauen, die verwitwet sind oder benachteiligt durch Krieg, Hunger oder Aids, indem sie die Ausbildungsförderung für Frauen unterstützt. Mehr Informationen darüber unter: www.womatrust.org http://www.melodiva.de/melodiva/melodiva-news.php?t165=detail,2503

RICH RAINLORE 14/10/2012

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Gig Review: Terryazoome – Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday, 13th October 2012
Launch Of Their Album ‘Xana’

The Forge Arts Venue, in ‘cafe’ configuration extended out into the bar for this event, was packed to the rafters for Terryazoome – Launch of their album Xana.

Sadly, it became clear from the outset that the usual wonderful, friendly ambience of The Forge with its friendly, efficient staff, could not compensate for what was the rowdiest, noisiest crowd I had to suffer in any venue in a very long time, especially in the bar area. There was no stopping this crowd from continuing their extremely noisy conversations – obviously more important to them than the music – and general noisy mayhem even right through both of Terryazoome’s sets. A more disrespectful behaviour towards the musicians and their music it would be hard to imagine! With the exception perhaps of a young couple who really ought to have got a room.

However, detracting though all this mayhem was from the fullest enjoyment of the music, the first set of Terryazoome – Launch of their album Xana proved something of a revelation. With almost the same line-up of Terry Hunt on bouzouki and guitar, Diane McLoughlin on soprano, alto & tenor saxes, the lead bouzouki and vocals of Angelos Georgakis, Alison Rayner on bass and Winston Clifford on drums, with guest vocalist Lorraine Jordan, and consisting mainly of the material of the album, it was simply phenomenal. Much as I loved Xana the album, this live performance put it somewhat in the shade by comparison. This had become world jazz with a much heavier emphasis on the ‘jazz,’ and with some very strong jazz cred. The latter came especially from some outstanding bass lines from Alison Rayner, and amazing soloing from saxophonist Diane McLoughlin, with solid grooves from drummer Winston Clifford. The ‘world’/Greek side was emphasised by the fabulous bouzoukis of Terry Hunt and Angelos Georgakis. As perfect a blend as one could wish for, and a very tight band too.

Georgakis also contributed some excellent vocals, as did guest vocalist Jordan, who also appeared on the album.

All in all, this first set was as excellent as it was enjoyable, despite the best efforts of the noisy crowd.

The ensuing break provided a welcome opportunity to temporarily, briefly get away from the noise and get some fresh air.

The second set was more world jazz/world music oriented than the first, and mostly consisted of material that was new to me. Nonetheless, there were still a good number of opportunities for soloing, of which particularly McLoughlin again made excellent use. Some blog, quoted in the blurb, recently described McLoughlin’s voice as cool and Jan Garbarek-like. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth! McLoughlin’s voice, whether on soprano, alto or tenor, is rich and warm. (It is also highly debatable whether Garbarek could be considered any kind of serious jazz player, making comparison all the less valid.)

The playing all round was as excellent as it had been in the first set. And yet, the second set somehow did not seem to quite live up to the brilliant sparkle of the first for me. The undiminished and if anything increased noise of the crowd of course did not help and rather wearied one, so that may have taken some of the shine off the performance. Or, more precisely, off one’s perception and enjoyment of the performance.

Terryazoome really deserved a better kind of crowd than this. One that would not have detracted from the excellence of the music and the performance.

However, the appalling mayhem of these philistines notwithstanding (and, I have to add, who were mostly – alas! – well over 35 and ought to have known better!), Terryazoome – Launch of their album Xana was still a memorable musical event that I would not have wished to have missed. And, in spite of what I said earlier, I still would not be without their album Xana either! It is still a very much recommended buy, and do try and catch Terryazoome live. They are a class act. And one would hope that there will be many more live appearances to come.

http://www.rainloresworldofmusic.net/Reviews/Revws_S-Z/Terryazoome-LiveAtTheForge20121013.html

The Forge, Camden

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We launched our debut CD XANA at the Forge.  The venue was overflowing with a gregarious crowd who helped us raise a lots of money for WOMA, the charity we support.  One reviewer came all the way from Germany to see us live!  See press page for more.

ALISON BENTLEY REVIEWS XANA FOR LONDON JAZZ BLOG

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Preview: Terryazoome Album Launch, Forge, Sat 13th Oct,
(Video) Terryazoome play track 6 of their album “No Going Back” at Servant Jazz Quarters

Preview: Terryazoome CD Launch
(The Forge, Camden, Sat. 13th Oct. 2012. Preview by Alison Bentley)

‘Greek-flavoured jazz..a mezze of music…’ – bouzouki-player, guitarist and composer Terry Hunt describes her music.

She’s half-Greek, and brings together her musical heritage and lifelong love of jazz, Latin and African traditions. Her influences are diverse: she grew up in Nigeria, in a town with 80 nationalities, listening to everything from the flutes of Tuareg camel traders to the Greek and Brazilian songs her mother sang at home. This gig is the launch of her CD Xana (WMP0112CD) from her long-term band Terryazoome (a play on words where Terry’s name becomes part of the Greek word for ‘well-matched’).

She’s written the tunes and lyrics and there’s a wonderful variety of moods. Most have Greek rhythms- at least five are in 7/8 and one is a traditional Greek dance: a 9/8 Zeibekiko. They make total sense when you dance- that perfectly-placed hop over the extra beat. Some express a mischievous love of life; some a sense of yearning.

The pieces are carefully arranged, with lots of space for solos. Saxophonist Diane McLoughlin is the ideal choice, with her background in jazz and Balkan music (her own big band Giant Steppes fused the two). At times her sweet soprano sounds like Jan Gabarek playing oriental scales; at other times she recalls Basil Coetzee with deeper, throatier sounds over a South African Township feel.

Athens-born, UK-based Angelos Georgakis improvises in the bouzouki tradition, with fiery triplets and trills which contrast with McLoughlin’s cooler tones. When they improvise together it’s very beautiful.

Hunt loves Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock’s music, and there’s something of that in the composition as well as in Alison Rayner’s fine bass playing. Winston Clifford’s drumming brings an afro-jazz sensibility to the grooves. You’ve probably heard Rayner with Deidre Cartright, and Clifford with Jonathan Gee, among many others. Both are clearly having a lot of fun playing these tricky rhythms.

Lorraine Jordan (joined on the CD by Cypriot vocalist Keti Tanou) sings beautifully in English and Greek like a Delphic prophetess. I predict exuberance, and (who knows?) dancing- this is music to lift the spirits. Can’t wait.

http://londonjazz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/preview-terryazoome-album-launch-forge.html

CD LAUNCH GIG!!

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Well all sorted and the band is raring to go for the launch of our debut album XANA on SATURDAY 13/10/12 at THE FORGE & FOUNDRY 3-7 Delancy Street, Camden, LONDON NW1 7NL. LORRAINE JORDAN will be guesting on vocals (following her German tour)

TICKETS
Click here for tickets…

For those of you who don’t know this great venue take a look at their website. We are taking over the whole downstairs for the gig. Door entrance will be into the bar, where there will be comfy seating and standing at the back for late comers…!! There will be 10 tables for eating in the next section – these will need to be booked when you book your tickets (and soon!!). The food downstairs will be their set menu and is excellent. Did I mention the cocktails? My personal favourite is mangled strawberries… with coriander leaves, black pepper, hot red chilli.. totally yummy!

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO GET A TABLE DOWNSTAIRS!!!

The gig will also be a FUNDRAISER… for WOMA. This great charity that TZ is supporting helps women across Africa who have been widowed or disadvantaged through war, famine or Aids, support themselves and their children. They achieve this by giving small educational grants to individual women in order to help them gain skills that will lift them out of poverty.
http://www.womatrust.org/

WOMA DIRECTORS: Karen Allen (BBC Correspondent in Africa) Nora Dennehy (BBC Journalist and Producer) Debbie Dickinson (Senior Lecturer City University & Music Event promoter)

OTHER NEWS

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RADIO.. RADIO.. RADIO…. I had great fun doing an hour-long interview on RESONANCE RADIO 104.4 FM on Wednesday 11/7/12 for the organisation Cultural Cooperation – the closest I’ll ever come to doing Desert Island Discs. For the podcast, go to http://www.culturalco-operation.org/artist_network/resonance_fm/46

WOMEX: Debbie (Golt) and I will be wending our way to the World Music Expo in Thessaloniki 17-22/10 to press the flesh – my first experience of this business end of things… it will be a steep learning curve for me… but I assure you we intend to sample the delights…. may even send a postcard or two…

Well that is all for now, please LIKE our facebook page if you haven’t already http://www.facebook.com/pages/Terryazoome/224522647591235

Greenwich Summer Festival

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We WILL be playing live on the BANDSTAND at the Greenwich Summer Festival!

This is being held at the Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9NN
One of their FREE (to you!) events. See the website below for more info on the GSF and how to get there…
www.greenwichsummerfestival.co.uk/#/Info

DATE: 8th August 2012 7-8pm

Hope to see you there! (Terry standing in for Debbie)