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SPECTRUM: Sons of Kemet & Snowpoet


An exciting double header for the opening night of SPECTRUM festival with two of the hottest acts on the UK jazz scene!


After a thrilling live show in Dublin in April 2016, MOBO award-winners Sons of Kemet return to Dublin as part of SPECTRUM! This rambunctious double-drumming quartet led by saxophonist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, creates a revolutionary mix of jazz, rock, dub and Caribbean folk.

Hutchings, who was recently name-checked by the New York Times in a round-up of best live jazz performances of 2017, draws on a motley collection of influences, bringing links to early Caribbean and Rastafarian music, Afrobeat rhythms and funky New Orleans brass into play. This intriguing melting pot is fuelled by the voracious beats of the two drummers Tom Skinnerand Eddie Hick, overlaid with Theon Cross’s versatile tuba playing, which lends both bass and melody to the tracks. Their eagerly awaited third record, Your Queen is a Reptile, will be released on 30 March on the iconic Impulse! label.

This is jazz, but not as you know it. It’s fresh, accessible, loaded with cultural capital…and you will dance.

“One of the hippest new UK bands... almost certain to dominate the ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year” - The Guardian



Snowpoet, the London based band led by Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year (2016) Lauren Kinsella and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson, also featuring Josh Arcoleo on saxophone, Matt Robinson on keys, Nick Costley-White on guitar and Dave Hamblett on drums. Dublin native Lauren Kinsella is held in high regard on the international jazz scene, and in recent years has performed for Irish audiences with Snowpoet as well as other projects Blue Eyed Hawk, the Lauren Kinsella Quintet and Thought-fox.

Celebrating the release of their 2nd album 'Thought You Knew' with an extensive UK and Irish Tour, including this date at SPECTRUM festival, Snowpoet are taking their musical collaboration and compelling sound to the next level, blending sweet hook-laden vocal lines with warm and lush arrangements. This music is infectious, delicate and tasteful. With a new home at Edition Records, they are set to reach new heights in their profile, confirming their reputation as one of the most innovative and creative new bands in the UK today.


Standard Online Ticket €20 / €22 on the door

*Attendees please note that this is a STANDING event and there will be no seating provided

Lauren Kinsella

Lauren Kinsella is an Irish vocalist and composer based in London. Awarded UK Vocalist of the year at the JazzFM Awards (2016), she is known as one of London cities most adventurous artists performing throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist, a bandleader, and within several cross-arts projects. She sings and composes in many outfits including her own ensemble and Snowpoet with multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. She is a passionate educator and holds a senior lecturing post at Leeds Conservatoire. Lauren Kinsella is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

She is the featured vocalist in several recent projects including French saxophonist Julien Pontvianne’s Abhra, Turkish composer Onur Turkmenn’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ and Irish composer Ian Wilson’s ‘The Last Siren. Kinsella also performs in Monster Music Improv; a musical and visual theatre show for children presented by The Ark and IMC.

In the past she has been awarded the Young Musicwide Performance Award (2010), the Kenny Wheeler Prize (2013), the THSH Birmingham Jazzlines Fellowship (2015) and she was a participant on the Take 5 10th Edition with Serious. She has received commissions from BBC Radio 3 and from Marsden Jazz Festival.

Kinsella’s performance and music are reviewed worldwide and she regularly features on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6, RTE Lyric FM, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland, Le Bande Passante, Sverigesradio and ORF Radio. To date, she has released critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords, Diatribe and Two Rivers Records.

Originally born in Dublin, she completed her masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

One of the brightest creative sparks to come out of the contemporary jazz vocal field in a long while.

– Jazzwise

There’s a very approving whisper going around jazz circles – deservedly – and it’s about Lauren Kinsella.

– Max Reinhardt BBC Radio 3

Pure and slightly vulnerable yet with a determined inner strength to it Lauren Kinsella’s is a voice that soars and swoops.

– Marlbank
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