Coronavirus pandemic forces Punkt postponement

The upcoming Punkt festival in Birmingham will not take place. The festival statement signalling a postponement indicates that the cancellation is ''due to the ongoing developments surrounding the coronavirus.'' Postponing the acclaimed remix …

Published: 13 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 years.

The upcoming Punkt festival in Birmingham will not take place.

The festival statement signalling a postponement indicates that the cancellation is ''due to the ongoing developments surrounding the coronavirus.'' Postponing the acclaimed remix festival, which first began in Norway, the organisers add, ''has not been an easy decision to make, however, because of concerns around public safety and international travel, we are looking at rescheduling the event.''

''If you are one of the people who has already booked tickets for Punkt Birmingham you have two options. Firstly, you can contact the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Box Office for a refund. Alternatively you can contact them now and ask for your ticket to be transferred to the new date when it is confirmed.''

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Track of the day 'Shabazi' by Omer Avital and Qantar

From the upcoming Omer Avital Qantar New York Paradox release, a quintet album that Zamzama/Jazz&People are putting out in April. A bustling heritage hard bop record on which drummer Ofri Nehemya shows formidable power and bassist leader Avital …

Published: 12 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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From the upcoming Omer Avital Qantar New York Paradox release, a quintet album that Zamzama/Jazz&People are putting out in April.

A bustling heritage hard bop record on which drummer Ofri Nehemya shows formidable power and bassist leader Avital familiar from last year's tremendous Yes! trio: Groove du Jour with Ali Jackson and Aaron Goldberg once again shows his ideas and flair.

The track we've chosen from the album is named for 17th century Jewish Yemenite poet Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. Avital says he ''grew up on his poems and songs. It is also a name of a nice street/area in the south part of Tel-Aviv.''