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GoGo Penguin (UK)

Wednesday 28th October, 8.00pm

Music Network Presents

GoGo Penguin

Acoustic electronica trio GoGo Penguin, an exhilarating jazz-infused salvo of spacey chords, stuttering break-beats and killer riffs, create a brave new sound that is wholly their own.

Packing the dance floors with an infectious combination of frenetic break-beats, irresistible piano melodies and subtle electronica, GoGo Penguin first came to prominence in 2014 after their album, v2.0, was named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year in 2014, alongside offerings from the likes of Damon Albarn.

Undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene, this Mancunian piano trio is equally at home playing to clubbers and dyed-in-the-wool jazz fans, drawing on a range of influences from Aphex Twin and dubstep to The Bad Plus, Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Debussy. Conventional jazz soloing plays little part in GoGo Penguin’s world – their highly personalised, genre-free sound comes from the interplay between the three musicians: Illingworth’s flowing bebop-inspired piano riding over Nick Blacka’s pulsing bass lines and Rob Turner’s skittering drum grooves. With a three album deal with Blue Note Records under their belt, and a recent nomination for best UK act in the Jazz FM Awards, this is a band you’d be mad to miss.

Chris Illingworth, piano
Nick Blacka, double bass
Rob Turner, drums