Whiskey Moon Face perform "Panspermia" + Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: 'Vyamanikal'
Saturday 6 October 2018, 7pm
£10 advance, £15 on the door
The Gresham Centre, Gresham Street
This event took place on 6 October 2018
We are back for our second quarterly show at the Gresham Centre in the beautiful Grade I listed church near St Paul’s.
Whiskey Moon Face
Joyously jovial, yet sincere and poignant, Whiskey Moon Face are one of a kind. This London based trio combine accordion, double bass and clarinet alongside Louisa’s ethereal vocals to create a sound both rooted in the folk traditions of Eastern Europe and New Orleans Jazz that is also strikingly original.
Their latest two albums transport you to the epitome of a late night jazz club, smoke in the air, a couple slowing dancing as their music fills the room. These albums have soaked up the memory of the recently lost venue, The Jamboree in Limehouse, London, where they had a weekly residency. A welcome reminiscence for those who knew it and a beautiful discovery for those that didn’t.
Music meets physics as this group offer you the answers to the universe and everything, if only we had the means to understand it.
“Their shows are life-affirming, with make-you-grin dance music mixed in with the poignant ballads” - London Jazz News
Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: 'Vyamanikal'
Kit Downes and Tom Challenger perform their most recent album - ‘Vyamanikal’ - music for saxophone and church organ.
From October 2014-October 2015 they were part of Aldeburgh Music’s ‘Open Space’ residency programme - a project that saw them travel to different local churches in Suffolk, investigating the differing acoustics and different organs (often in various states of disrepair) that they found, all documented in an album recording, their second album as a duo - ‘Vyamanikal’.
They have performed at the Royal Festival Hall (as part of the ‘Pull Out the Stops’ Festival - to welcome the return of the newly-refurbished organ), The London Contemporary Music Festival, Cologne Philharmonie, Stavanger Konserthus, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Darmstadt Stadtkirche concert series and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - as well as several live broadcasts for the BBC.
“an inspired blow-out that raises the church roof” - John Bungay, The Times. ****
“Enticingly strange and wonderful sounds, so odd you can hardly believe it’s an organ making them” - **Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph **
“Downes and Challenger are onto something here and it goes beyond niche or novelty - deserves a spot near the top of this year’s best” - **Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz **