For those of you who attended our Nubiyan Twist & K.O.G gig in October this is another one for you!! We are collaborating again with DJ Lubi/Soul Rebels (Leeds) and Hop Hideout to bring you two incredible bands full of amazing musicians! Tantz and Mansion of Snakes are coming to Abbeydale Picture House. This is a show not to be missed!!
TANTZ on Sofar Sounds:
MANSION OF SNAKES on Sofar Sounds:
The Abbeydale Picture House is proud to collaborate with Leeds jazz/soul/hip-hop/global beats session Soul Rebels (hosted by DJ Lubi), to present a night of live music in this beautiful listed building. Co-promoters include Sheffield’s Inner City Events, CADS and Hop Hideout.
If you love global beats, soul, Klezmer and spiritual jazz then get down and support the 2nd live gig at Abbeydale Picture House of this genre. It promises to be an amazing show in the beautiful auditorium. The last one sold out so please get your tickets early!!
Over the last few years, Leeds’ based klezmer/Balkan beats/gypsy jazz bohemians Tantz have taken the UK world/roots music scene apart with their full-on musical attack on audiences across the length and breadth of this nation. With awesome musical chops, an energy not seen since punk rock’s halcyon days and ability to turn a gentle world music festival crowd into a heaving, pogoing mosh-pit, there’s something special about this band that manages to touch almost everyone who hears and sees them live, no matter what music they’re into.
Formed at the Leeds College Of Music by mates to play the music they all loved – klezmer, gypsy jazz, Balkan music – at small venues in the city, they soon built up a loyal local following. A Tantz gig was not just a gig, it was a party. As they ventured further afield and word spread about them, the band’s sound evolved over the years into this roaring blend of the traditional and the new that has seen them working non-stop at all kinds of events. World music festivals like WOMAD, rock/electronic gatherings like Bestival and Kendall Calling, clubnights like Balkanarama and Soul Rebels. They even played at the Brit Awards After Party 2014. The great thing is they rock every gig like it’s their last one. Bottle of rum onstage, “1-2-3-4, let’s go” count and they’re off. Then it’s a 90 minute ride of pure musical maelstrom that encompasses thumping bass lines, frenetic violin fiddling, in-yer-face drums and percussion, ska-punk chopped guitar and stratospheric soaring clarinet solos played so fast Charlie Parker would be proud of them.
MANSION OF SNAKES:
2016 was not the year of the Red Fire Monkey. 2017 is not the year of the Red Fire Chicken. This is the time of the Snake.
Mansion of Snakes is a 12 piece behemoth playing earth-shaking afrobeat, devil-funk and cosmic jazz. Fronted by blazing horns and backed by pounding percussion and bass, the band fuses the influences of Nigerian afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti with Pharoah Sanders, Funkadelic and a punk energy.
After melting audiences at venues and festivals across the country, the Leeds afrobeat/cosmic jazz warriors have now released their eponymous EP into the wild. Recorded live and hot to tape, this is the one way to feel the power without feeling the sweat. ‘Paper Pictures’ and ‘Forty Miles Per Wolf Hour’ are the singles leading the pack. This deadly pair shows the two Jekyll and Hyde sides to the band. ‘Paper Pictures’ is propelled by the percussion and politically slanted lyrics of Vanessa Rani, following the well-trodden path of afrobeat as protest music. The velvet tones of ‘Paper Pictures’ hide an anger over social injustice, but ‘Forty Miles Per Wolf Hour’ is a wild beast heading for the jugular. Searing brass and afro-funk guitars conjure up a police chase from Lagos to Brazil, as saxophones duel with furious Latin percussion.
The earth shall shake and the serpents will dance, for Mansion of Snakes is here.
Abbeydale Picture House: www.theabbeydalepicturehouse.com