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.