Another World Is Blossoming Benefit Gig
Friday 31st March @ The Synergy Centre
7pm – 3am, £10 / £7 adv/concs – Buy Tickets Now!
A Fundraiser for The Synergy Centre and uniteddiversity
with Live Music from
Joe Driscoll, The Pistachios, Jamie Woon, DJ Rubbish, The Rub, United Vibrations, Sarah Bear, Corneilius, Bones of Contention & more
plus at 8PM Screening of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
and Healthy Food from Synergy Sattva Cafe
plus lots of info stalls and more!
Joe Driscoll from New York is a modern day one man band who fuses folk, hip hop and reggae, creating the soundscape of a live band using only his voice, loop pedal, guitar and didge – you gotta see this to believe it!
“Probably the most energetic performer on the planet. Joe Driscoll is as real as it gets” – Revolving Door Magazine
“All in all, Joe Driscoll is destined to be a musical force. Keep your eye on him.” – Music Outlook Magazine
“Improvisation is like oxygen to Joe Driscoll. Accompanying live samples of his own vocals, guitar lines and beats, and if you closed your eyes, you’d swear there was a full band wedged in Driscoll’s tiny corner.” – New Times Magazine
“An audio explosion that will stay fresh in my mind for a long time to come. He builds up an amazing tune right there on stage. Something you must all definately see.” – Wah Magazine
“Driscoll’s styles converge on the crossroads of hip-hop, folk, and reggae… If one word comes close to describing the vibe of the Joe show, the word would be transendence.” – Table Hopping Magazine
With a name like “Frankie Picasso & The Fabulous Pistachios” there’s one thing you don’t need ears to know… …they’re all clearly nuts.
A 13-piece band, with influences at work so diverse they make the name looks ordinary… …thank god they all like it funky… …or they’d never agree about anything. …oh yes… it’s all about the funk. …or is it the vibe? …no no… it’s the horns isn’t it. Or is it that bit when they start dropping live MC’ing to a backdrop of driving funk, stop on a dime, rip some furious ska, turn it upside down, melt into dub reggae with thick engulfing horns taking you to that next level where Christabel blows your mind with her phenomenal singing……. Oh forget it. They’re the nuts!
“A fantastic feeling of band playing everything from ska, reggae, hip-hop to raw dirty funk” – Evening Standard
“One of the craziest nights of funk, reggae, hip-hop mixture ever heard” – BCCi
“They have the energy of the early Beastie Boys with that proper UK sound” – Knowledge Magazine
“A spark in the voice. A glint in the eye. Often what makes a singer / songwriter so captivating can be the most subtle of expressions. Jamie Woon – a former Brit school student – has both. But it’s the way his soulful demure is magnified by a voice so effortlessly unique, and powerfully affecting, that gives him such entrancing sensibilities. It’s a sonic tension that clasps at your very core and makes you sit up and focus; a real conversation-stuttering sound that has every single person in this room drawn magnetically to a charm that radiates through his kinetic jazz-blues slurs.
It matters not that this is his first performance with a full band (and after just one rehearsal) yet they compliment his freefalling vocals so naturally, so incessantly. The bass plucks with a smooth, resonating pulse above cool jazz-surfed drumming that gently urges Jamie’s woozy Jamiroquai excursions, his voice curling through poignant, expressive meandering that is filled with just enough tension to have us all following his every phrase. It’s a somewhat short set but as it finishes there is a tangible feeling that illuminates the thick humid air, one of understated triumph and of a special exclusivity that a performance so inspiring could be confined to such a limited audience.
One thing’s for sure – this anonymity won’t last for long.” – Drowned in Sound
Rubbish resurrects the righteous radical ire of punk poets like Attila The Stockbroker over plundered beats. Such political dissent was notably absent from pop during the Iraq War when most musicians, for all their subversive posturing, toed the Blair line. “People thought their careers would be threatened because the stakes were raised so high by Bush with the ‘you’re with us or against us’ thing. But I felt there were things that should be said that weren’t being, although mostly it was me wanting to rant over some beats!”
Proper Propaganda sounds like Noam Chomsky upbraiding George W Bush in a debate over Iraq down your local, only for Noam to produce a snooker ball in a sock halfway through and crack Dubya round the chops. Which, Rubbish is saying, is hardly that different to the current White House definition of “diplomacy”. With scuzzy, lo-fi production which sounds like the fag-ends of hip-hop culture in a musical ashtray, Rubbish sets the world to rights with a conviction, intellect and passion sadly absent from our sanitised pop culture.
The Rub is one of the best singer-songwriters in the movement. An active member of the Peace Not War collective, no peace show or conscious event is complete without The Rub.
UV United Vibrations is a collection of musicians who are as different as their styles and backgrounds. We don’t see ourselves in any particular category of music, because we embrace them all. Our mission is to create some bangin’ tunes, and pass that vibe onto others.
United Vibrations (UV) are Ahmad Dayes (trombone), Doug Currie (drums),
Sam Nankivell (keys), Kareem Dayes (bass), Miles James (guitar), Len
Kvalheim (sax), and Oggie (vocals).
They have recently been rehearsing and performing some good tune featuring The Rub.
The fabulous Sarah Bear, who organises the lovely Sunday Sounds session at The Square.
Another great conscious wordsmith and musician
Bones of Contention
Excentral the Tempest’s new acoustic act. They’ve played 3 gigs so far, at 2 at Sunday Sounds, and one The Synergy Centre for the launch of Peace Not War’s London Mix CD on March 18th.
Another World Is Blossoming
The systems and institutions upon which we rely for our well-being and survival are at risk of massive failure. Ecosystems everywhere are in decline. The age of cheap plentiful oil is over. Food and energy shortages are on the horizon.
Few are aware of the full nature and extent of our predicament and, of those that are, many feel powerless to do anything about it.
Corporate media manipulates our minds while the monetary system continues to fund plundering unelected presidents and plunge the world into an ever-increasing spiral of debt.
But all is not lost. There IS another way.
In fact, Another World Is Blossoming…
Communities across the World are beginning to self-organise and share resources in order to take back control of their lives and build hope for a sustainable future.
Another World Is Blossoming events will raise awareness about our predicament, inspire collective action for change and launch the Synergy Community Fund.
With films, music, debate and more participants will be empowered with knowledge about the state of the world, what pioneering groups are doing about it and how they can join in.
Together We Have Everything we need to Create the World We Want.
Friday March 31st @ The Synergy Centre
220 Farmers Road, London SE5 0TW. See https://www.thesynergyproject.org