Ear Trumpet Music presents
Thu 28 March // 20:00
Tickets: £12.50 first release, £15 second release
The trio of music makers called Vula Viel bring their unique musical journey centred around the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) to The Cube, celebrating the release of their sophomore album, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’.
The band’s new set confidently weaves sparse polyrhythms and intricate rhythm structures around bandleader Bex Burch’s Gyil lines and take the instrument’s sound into new territory, with bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down,) and drummer Jim Hart (Cloudmakers) introducing a rough, post-punk edge to the band’s sound.
In Bex’s own words: “I have loved making this music. The incredible Dagaare systems which form the foundation have given me the structure on which to write tunes, craft grooves and choose my own meanings. I’ve gone deeper into what moves me in the Dagaare music, the fundamentals - asymmetry, space and chaos.”
Burch embarked on a life-changing three-year period living, farming and studying with xylophone master Thomas Segura in Upper West Ghana. After being mentored in the deep traditions around the Gyil, a large African xylophone made of sacred lliga wood, Burch began the journey to bring the instrument into her own music. The acclaimed début Vula Viel album in 2015, ‘Good is Good’, was the first realisation of her vision and ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ is the first set of Burch originals,written on traditional Dagaare forms.
Described as “Ghanaian minimalism”, with the unassuming ability to blur the lines between atmospheres – Vula Viel’s sound may nod to Steve Reichian jazz, but influences don’t stop there: one can hear echoes of Bill Laswell and the irresistible energy of Arthur Russell.
“Beautiful .. Dance to it, Make Love to it, Consume it, Listen to it, Stare at the Clouds to it.. That music deserves good reactions!” - Iggy Pop
"One of my discoveries for the London Jazz Festival... Good is Good” - Gilles Peterson