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Burning Ghosts & TORU

Making their London debut, Burning Ghosts is a politically motivated quartet at the forefront of the jazz-metal underground featuring four of the most acclaimed musicians in the LA experimental music scene. Playing scorching instrumentals that touch on heavy metal and jazz, the music is uncompromising and intense, filled with precise rhythmic complexity and textural power. Their 2017 release Reclamation on John Zorn’s Tzadik was an internationally-acclaimed, incendiary blockbuster, and their fiery sound has thrilled audiences in Europe and across the US. This is music with a short fuse on a razor’s edge.

Dan Rosenboom – Trumpet/Cornet
Jake Vossler – Electric Gutiar
Richard Giddens – Double Bass
Aaron McLendon – Drums

”One of the best bands to emerge from L.A. in years.” –Downtown Music Gallery (NYC)

“The middle ground between Bitches Brew and Bloodlet.” —Observer

“Boxes be damned, classifying this as jazz- rock or jazz-metal is a waste of energy. It is simply what it is, which is great music… Marvelous.” –Jazz In Europe

“Progressive anger can blast down some ugly walls, and Burning Ghosts’ new recording shows how to do it without saying a word (or firing a shot)… This hard-jammin’ quartet has jelled. Last year’s debut raged with energy, but a span of seasoning and an appropriate alignment with John Zorn’s avantist Tzadik label (Naked City, Secret Chiefs 3) have left the Ghosts focused and ready to dominate… Touched with Aylerlike churn and serene Coltranian confidence, “Reclamation” harks back to a time when revolution sprang directly from phonograph grooves into the hearts of millions. If you’re wishing for this decade’s most potent way of declaring “We’re not gonna take it,” look no further.” —MetalJazz.com

TORU is an experimental trumpet trio project comprising Sam Eastmond (John Zorn, The Spike Orchestra) Celeste Cantor-Stephens and Andy Watts (London Afrobeat Collective) formed one year ago, they record and release a new album of spontaneously created music every month.
Each volume features a different guest who brings their own magic and energy to the group resulting in radically different results. The first year has featured Volumes with Sarah Gail Brand, Mike Wilkins, Julian Nicholas, Sam Day Harmet, Francesca Ter-Berg, Harriet Riley, Shirley Smart,Ben Greenslade-Stanton, Dave Powell.
A compilation of the first six months releases featuring one track from each guest Anthology 1. was released on New York Label Chant Records earlier this year.
For this live show TORU will be joined by year 1 alumni Otto Willberg (Bass), Marco Quarantotto (Drums) and THE Moss Freed (Guitar), to celebrate TORU’s first birthday.

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