The Barbican Centre
London EC2Y 8DS
World renowned rhythm section Sly and Robbie have already played with “everyone” in Jamaica, from the likes of Peter Tosh in the 1970s, via their central part in the development of modern dub and dancehall in the 1980s and 90s. Between them, they have been involved in playing and producing an estimated 200 000 recordings within and outside the Jamaican reggae scene over the last 40 years. Artists such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Herbie Hancock are only a few that have enjoyed the producing skills of Sly & Robbie. Their latest adventure hooks them up with Norwegian trumpet player and composer Nils Petter Molvær, and the result of the unlikely union may be heard at the Barbican July 17th.
Nils Petter Molvær is one of Norway’s most prolific jazz musicians, with a sound that can best be described as “molværesque” – his trumpet paints soundscapes which brings the listener to thinking of the open horizon of Molvær’s native Sula island on the northwestern coast of Norway. Molvær’s style has often been described as arctic, even as polar, and what many listeners associate with his music is a airy and lone trumpet, lingering over a background of traditional jazz, but more often of electronic beats.
This time around, Molvær will be joined by Norwegian guitar player Eivind Aarseth as well as Finnish electronic musician Vladislav Delay for a truly unique set together with Sly & Robbie, performing brand new material specially composed for the tour.
Make sure not to miss the blend of Molvær’s arctic trumpet and the bass driven beat of Sly & Robbie at The Barbican.