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Fizzi Events presents/yn cyflwyno
Slowly Rolling Camera
Leighton Jones band
IAU//THURS 9th OCTOBER/HYDREF 2014
Clwb Ifor Bach
7:30pm doors / 18+
£7adv/£5 (NUS/Student Cards) from
Slowly Rolling Camera, a new project that teams pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett and drummer Elliot Bennett, is proof positive that some of the most interesting work often arises from a meeting of many minds. The result is music that has distinct echoes of the 'invisible soundtracks' of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead as well as the polychrome textures of maverick Scandinavian artists like Sigor Ros and Oddarrang.
The intricate deployment of glowing keyboard colours and shifting rhythmic patterns imbues tracks such as Temptation and Eight Days In with the kind of stark atmospheres that often define the best scores for both big and small screen. Stapleton's keyboards and Elliot Bennett's drums create a wide range of sharp, often crunching timbres that are augmented by Roberts' artful electronic washes, but it is the presence of guest players, double bassist Jasper Hoiby, guitarist Chris Montague and saxophonist Mark Lockheart that significantly enriches the sound palette. These greatly respected figures in British jazz contribute a heavy, bulky low end, eerie, crackling chords and crystalline solos that make for much more than a cut 'n' paste studio session. Their attention to detail is great.
Furthermore, the orchestral scope of the project is epitomized by the lush, plaintive string charts that embellish tracks such as Coin. There is also Dionne Bennett's measured, highly soulful vocal performance on 21 Nov and Rain That Falls, two gorgeously wistful songs that skillfully weave together understated but nonetheless resonant chord sequences and soaring crescendos.
Slowly Rolling Camera is not a name without meaning. The whole aesthetic of the music vividly suggests a series of frames or images that unfold at a leisurely pace, thus settling strongly into the sub-conscious to reveal layer upon layer of detail. The combination of lean but incisive production and tightly focused live playing has yielded music that has the dot-matrix finesse of the digital age without being bloodless or clinical. Slowly Rolling Camera are purveyors of mysterious audio vignettes that are moulded by a structural sophistication that is plugged straight into the vibrant emotional current of pop culture.
LEIGHTON JONES BAND
The charismatic and charming singer songwriter Leighton Jones once shared the stage with the legendary Bob Dylan, Pino Palladino, Eric Clapton, and Jools Holland, to name just a few. Over the years Leighton has established himself as one of Cardiff's most premium solo acts performing in a multitude of iconic touring venues across the South Wales area. Leighton will be showcasing tracks from some of his most popular albums as well as a few new ones to wet the appetite.
From the fertile musical ground of South Wales comes the fresh, soulful sound of Man May'd. Based around the stunning vocals of sassy lead singer Miss May, the Man May'd sound is a heady cocktail of smooth soul, funky grooves and melodic jazziness. These are well-crafted, catchy songs with sophisticated arrangements that will make your heart soar and your feet dance. With lush vocals, classy playing and irresistible grooves, Man May'd are a sharp, smart outfit with their own unique take on modern soul.
I'm a soulful young artist originating from the beautiful Rhondda Valley in South Wales. I first started singing around the house when I was aged about 13 and shortly after started to perform live a local covers band.
I began song-writing around age 15, when I was fortunate to be introduced to Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran) who unleashed my potential and love for songwriting.
In 2013 I played SWN festival in Cardiff when I received praise from Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales). I have since been chosen as one of the BBC Horizons performers and this has resulted in many great opportunities by way radio performances and interviews. Over the past few months I have been lucky enough to perform at many Festivals to include Wakestock and Brecon Jazz.