Babelfish

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Last Show: Sunday 19 th April 2020

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

After the release of their critically acclaimed third album 'Once Upon a Tide'' last year, Babelfish are making a rare appearance here in London tonight. Featuring 'One of the most creative vocalists on the UK scene' Brigitte Beraha- voice (Bobby Wellins, Ethan Iverson, Yazz Ahmed), the 'formidably skilled' Barry Green- piano (Ingrid Laubrock, Ian Shaw), legends Chris Laurence- double bass (John Surman, Sarah Vaughan) and Paul Clarvis- drums/percussion (Lee Konitz, Norma Winstone), they play music they love, regardless of where it comes from. Babelfish are inspired by jazz, latin, classical, folk and improvised music. Their mischievous artistry gets them to seamlessly play their rendition of a beautiful classical piece followed with a standard by Duke Ellington: "It’s a pleasure to enter the original music language of this band: a world of playfulness and beauty, where anything could happen- you’re caught up in their sense of mystery and imagination.” LondonJazz

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"Babelfish is one of the most rewarding and creatively fecund modern jazz quartets about."

Jane Cornwell, Jazzwise

“Once Upon a Tide is a beautiful and intriguing album, full of superb musicianship and thrilling improvisation” Londonjazz

"Babelfish are a definition of a contemporary jazz class act." John Fordham, The Guardian

“Amazing” John Surman

“Superb” Sarah Walker, Sunday Morning BBC Radio 3

“This album is a joy from beginning to end” - BebopSpokenHere

"This remarkable quartet has evolved its own musical language. […] Unfamiliar at first, but gently seductive, it keeps you listening through the sheer power of invention.” Dave Gelly, The Observer

"It’s a pleasure to enter the original music language of this band: a world of playfulness and beauty, where anything could happen- you’re caught up in their sense of mystery and imagination.” Alison Bentley, LondonJazz

'One of the most creative vocalists on the UK scene' Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3

"The excellent Beraha"- Kevin Legendre, Jazzwise

Band Lineup

Brigitte Beraha (vocals) 

Barry Green (piano) 

Chris Laurence (double bass) 

Paul Clarvis (percussion)