I did a rather arse-shakingly loud gig with These New Puritans at the Barbican today. Here we are, puritanning away. Apologies for the shaky amateur footage!
I've just done a gig with the legendary Ben Folds (minus the other four of his Five). One of the strangest and most brilliant moments in the set was his 'Rock This Bitch!' song. It has become a tradition with his gigs... Someone in the audience shouts the aforementioned phrase, and he uses the orchestra to make a song up on the spot. Brilliant!
I've just started playing with a beautiful new band. Khiyo is a London-based British-Bengali band that gives Bengali heritage music a modern acoustic sound. The band is named Khiyo after a letter of the Bengali alphabet. It is a unique letter that, whilst being a combination of two letters, has an identity of its own. Similarly, though the band members have backgrounds that include Western classical, rock, jazz, blues, Nazrul Sangeet, Bengali folk and Indian classical, the amalgamation of the whole has a singularly identifiable sound.
Come to the album launch gig on 28th August! And in the meantime, here's a little taster of the magic of Khiyo:
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