Karen P Presents… Broad Casting w/ Mulatu Astatke + The Heliocentrics @ Cargo March 26, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Events.
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Karen P Presents… Broad Casting @ Cargo, 83 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Thursday 17th April
LIVE: Mulatu Astatke, Heliocentrics
DJ: Karen P, Gilles Peterson, Karl Injex
As part of this year’s Red Bull Music Academy programme in London, this special edition of ‘Broad Casting’ presents Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics.
Playing in London for the first time in 15 years Ethio-Jazz sound pioneer Mulatu Astatke, plays an exclusive live date at Cargo. His backing band will be made up of the fantastic Heliocentrics (Now Again / Stones Throw), who also provide a support set on the night. Host and DJ Karen P is also very happy to be joined by long-time friend, Gilles Peterson alongside NYC’s legendary party purveyor Karl Injex.
This is the third instalment of Karen P’s Broad Casting series at Cargo. It’s already established itself as an innovative, musically-rich session, having pulled in a couple of Scandinavia’s hottest acts already, Little Dragon in February and Jimi Tenor in March. This month, Broad Casting sees Karen P hauling in one of the true godfathers of world music all the way from Ethiopia.
Born in Ethiopia in 1943, Mulatu Astatke is an innovative multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and originator of the Ethio-Jazz sound. Having studied music in London and then the US, he established himself as a vital vibraphone, conga and percussion player on both sides of the Atlantic before returning to his homeland to introduce Jazz, Soul and Latin to Ethiopia’s native musicians and artists. Included in the now legendary Ethiopiques compilations, Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers soundtrack, and much sampled by Hip-Hop and Dance producers alike, his sound will be familiar to many even if his name isn’t.
These days Mulatu regularly lectures at Harvard and gave a memorable lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy in Toronto last year. Karen P’s Broad Casting is honoured to host Mulatu’s first UK performance in over 15 years.
The Heliocentrics are drummer Malcolm Catto’s collective and are signed to Stones Throw’s sister imprint Now-Again. Having performed and recorded as DJ Shadow’s backing band, they have individually played major parts in bands such as the Soul Destroyers, Quantic Soul Orchestra and The Herbaliser. Malcolm himself released a solo album on Mo Wax and has been sampled by none other than Madlib.
Pigeonholing The Heliocentrics sound is hard. Suffice to say that it takes in all manner of jazz, electronica, psychedelia and world music. Whilst they inhabit the funk universe of James Brown, they also capture some of the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone and the sublime fusion of David Axelrod.
Tonight sees a very rare live collaboration between Mulatu and this incredible collective of musicians, with The Heliocentrics also performing their own work in support.
The Broad Casting night will be recorded especially for Red Bull Music Academy Radio. It will fit snugly amongst an archive of music from the most iconoclastic DJs & musicians of our time. Left-field, underground, contemporary, genre-crossing; RBMA Radio is Karen’s biggest project since leaving ‘Worldwide’.
Get ready for ‘Karen P… Broad Casting‘
(VARIOUS/CD) released on Sonar Kollektiv (May ’08)