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Tin Men and the Telephone is an Amsterdam based band that employs live electronics, projected visuals, and audience participation in combination with jazz and improvised music to create a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience. Looking beyond the obvious immediate inspirations of classical music, modern jazz and the visceral rhythms of hip hop, Tin Men have found music in the sounds of everyday life, locating melodies in the cries of tennis players, rhythms in the patterns of human speech or structures in the bustle of rush-hour traffic. More recently, pianist Tony Roe, bassist Pat Cleaver and drummer Bobby Petrov have developed a highly interactive show that allows audience members to actively take part in the performances in real time. Voting on what direction the music should take next, sending short audio or video messages that serve as the basis for instant compositions, creating beats for the band to play around with, controlling the stage lighting, even frantically shaking one’s device to take part in a musical camel race: these are just of few of the things an audience member will find themselves doing at a Tin Men show. All of these elements come together in a performance that is always surprising and flexible, unique to both the venue and moment in which it takes place, and tailored on the spot to the sensibilities of any type of audience.
Christophe Chassol discovered music at a young age joining the Paris Conservatoire at the age of four. He would spend sixteen years there, mastering harmonies, scales and melodies as an essential precursor to what he would go on to create. His initial ambition was to compose for cinema and after several years composing film scores, Chassol came up with the concept of an “ultrascore” as a way of creating harmonies and symphonies that could trace their origins back to sounds from the world.
Big Sun, Christophe Chassol’s dazzling fourth album, crowns his trilogy of ultrascores. The album is a tribute to Chassol’s native Martinique and is comprised of a mixture of birdsong with the whistling of Pipo Gertrude, the poetry of Joby Bernabes with the hubbub of a game of dominoes and the noises of carnival with conch shell echoes. Chassol’s ultrascores are far from standardized yet everything appears effortless, highlighting the pianists’ technical brilliance and musical elegance. There’s no metronome and no sequencer so everything is played as the words, the sounds, the bird songs and Chassol’s musical genius unfold allowing him to turn pieces that start out from a non-musical origin into fantastic compositions. Frank Ocean has made no mistake in choosing to collaborate with the Parisian on his upcoming album as Chassol is one of the most innovative and interesting artists today.
Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, UK, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of Jazz, A cappella, Groove, Folk, Gospel and Soul which all blend together to create the world of "Jacob Collier." Jacob has spent the last six months collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, designing and building a ground-breaking solo live performance vehicle, which brings his one-man, multi-instrumental, multi-visual format of music to the stage through the use of technologies never seen or heard before in performance. Jacob recently debuted this show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
His new album titled ‘In My Room’, out on July 1st, recorded from the comforts of his room at home, takes full advantage of the technology afforded him in his new performance allowing Jacob to create seemingly endless layers of harmonies with none other than himself for company. Having already been a feature on ‘BBC’s Music Introducing’ Jacob’s talent has been recognised as a truly innovative style of performance by many of the current giants of the Jazz and wider musical world.