UK Jazz triumphs at SXSW
photo credit: Nicole Fara Silver
Friday 17 March, London/Austin – Jazz re:freshed and British Underground helped spotlight UK Jazz on the global stage this week, hosting a highly publicised emerging British Jazz showcase at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin. Performing at premium SXSW venue The Main II on Wednesday evening, artists including Sarathy Korwar, GoGo Penguin, Native Dancer, Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd Exodus all delivered incredible performances to jam packed crowds of fans keen to sample the very best in emerging UK jazz. Closing the showcase Jazz re:freshed Solidarity Jam paid tribute to members of Yussef Kamaal and United Vibrations. United Vibrations were unable to perform at the event when their ESTA’s were revoked by the US Department of Homeland Security. The issues faced by United Vibrations also impacted upon Yussef Kamaal as the bands share a drummer. The showcase was recorded by national radio network NPR who will be broadcasting the showcase.
Jazz re:freshed and British Underground also hosted a private boat party on Thursday morning, attended by high profile UK and USA media including BBC, NPR and New York Times. The guests were treated to performances from Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd and Theon Cross whilst sailing down the Colorado River in Austin.
Notes to editors:
Jazz re:freshed have issued a statement about the ESTA situation issue which can be found here: http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/sxsw-jazz-refreshed-members-were-denied-entry-into-the-u-s
Jazz re:freshed have been leaders in the alternative UK jazz scene for 14 years, setting up a record label, annual festival, club nights, and a weekly live music night in Notting Hill to support alternative jazz artists like Moses Boyd and Yussef Kamaal. Justin McKenzie from Jazz re:freshed stated: “In the UK, jazz music is undergoing a revolution – where the culture and the music reflect the varying influences and times we are living in. Now is one of the most interesting and creative times for jazz globally and SXSW is a great platform to share the UK’s modern perspective. This music sector is often overlooked internationally, and Jazz re:freshed is striving to resolve the many challenges UK musicians face getting comparable levels of international exposure, by creating this unique global opportunity which provides exposure to business opportunities and audiences worldwide.”
In 2017 BRITISH UNDERGROUND is celebrating 16 years curating and producing UK music showcases that have helped hundreds of music-makers break into international markets at events like SXSW, Americanafest, Folk Alliance and British House at the Rio Olympics. Since creating the first ever UK showcase at SXSW in 2002 (featuring Elbow and Oxide and Neutrino) we have worked with artists from every genre including household names like Amy Winehouse and Stormzy to pioneers like Gabriel Prokofiev and Moses Boyd. We offer financial help with travel and accommodation for musicians through our relationship with the PRSF International Showcase Fund and we produce new music radio shows for British Airways in-flight entertainment system. We are funded by Arts Council England and our offices are in the Musicians’ Union in Oval, London.