Sunday, February 27, 2011

Disintegrate the divisive - integrate the diverse


That heading is the strapline of the Charming Transport Band. Led by sometime Loose Tubes and London Philharmonic tuba player Oren Marshall the cosmopolitan band play a syncretic mix of jazz, Afro-beat, traditional Ghanaian, Sephardic and European free-improvised music on tuba, reads, guitar, piano, keyboards, atenteben bamboo flute, djembe, congas and gome drum. They have just mentored a week long Snape workshop with Aldeburgh Young Musicians; this culminated in an hour long open session that truly integrated the diverse and proved that music education is alive and kicking in Britain if the experts would but leave London to find it.

* Featured CD is the Charming Transport Band's divisiveness disintegrating Family Connections. Released on the F-IRE Collective label it is available from the usual sources with tuba and percussion providing bass to die for.

Also on Facebook and Twitter. CD and tickets for the Snape open session were purchsed. Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

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