Soweto Kinch gives evidence to the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee streaming inquiry

"We'd never have a Kate Bush or a David Bowie in today's music ecology, because it's very risk averse. You are making songs for playlists, you are not taking the incredible musical risks that Bowie might have taken years ago" – the words of Soweto …

Published: 8 Dec 2020. Updated: 2 years.

"We'd never have a Kate Bush or a David Bowie in today's music ecology, because it's very risk averse. You are making songs for playlists, you are not taking the incredible musical risks that Bowie might have taken years ago" – the words of Soweto Kinch giving evidence to a House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into the economics of streaming. Alto saxophonist/MC Kinch was one of a number of musicians giving evidence.

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Sarathy Korwar and Upaj Collective

It has not taken long for Sarathy Korwar to become a major artist, 'major' in the sense that the tabla player-drummer-percussionist producer DJ is of major interest to anyone interested at all in jazz and how it connects with music from the Indian …

Published: 8 Dec 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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It has not taken long for Sarathy Korwar to become a major artist, 'major' in the sense that the tabla player-drummer-percussionist producer DJ is of major interest to anyone interested at all in jazz and how it connects with music from the Indian subcontinent. The Upaj Collective understand him best and this is an incredible record sophisticated in its sound production organic in its realisation. Sarathy is on drums with Tamar Osborn playing saxophone; Achuthan Sripathamanathan, violin; Giuliano Modarelli, guitar; Alistair MacSween, on keyboards. I hope they all can go on the road some time and bring this incredible music to the people where it belongs up close and personal. Check out especially what they have done as a parallel running taking the foot of the accelerator to the State of Bengal's 'Flight IC 408' and dive in to a record that without any exaggeration is a shatteringly immersive experience. Out now on Night Dreamer