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Monday, August 17, 2015

And Now For Something Completely Different: Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Ladies Of Midnight Blue: August 15

Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis (djembes, congas, dunduns, mbiras, Tyler the bass trombone, various percussion).
I entered to the exciting sound of 2 djembes (African hand drums) playing rhythms and counter rhythms, fast, slow, a long piece with many climaxes, surely partly improvised, or maybe instructions were coming from Hannabiell’s occasional whistle blasts – words are inadequate to describe this music, and then suddenly it was over and time for a break, well earned after all the energy expended.  
In the second half we were introduced to the mbira, which is half of a globe hollowed out, holding tuned keys which sound something like a marimba, which rather reminded me of running water in a dry part of Africa, a pleasing fresh sound.  Tyler now made an entrance, an instrument which seems to have his/her own personality, a trombonist from the audience joined in and we were encouraged to hum along.  We all gradually became part of the music before we realised what was happening, as we sang call and response with Hannabiell, the words ‘peace be with us now’ to insistent riffs from the drums.  We all introduced ourselves to the band and Hannabiell explained that this was ‘musicing’,  when everyone joins in, even the bar staff.
The musicing continued as we were all given a percussion instrument to play, such as agogo bells (2 bells with different tones, hit with a stick); various shaped metallic instruments to be hit, rows of bells, and we had great fun making our own music to the drumbeats, ever faster, more than one climax, then a sudden stop.  Then we swapped instruments and did it all over again, helped by Tyler and all the drums.
A very lively and enjoyable evening of music, just the thing to rid you of musical inhibitions.  You can see the whole band (yes, there are many more players and instruments), doing what Hannabiell described as ‘Afro Psychedelic Funk’ on Thursday 10th September at the Cluny in Ouseburn.   
Ann Alex

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