For the second year, SIM São Paulo presents names of the brand new British jazz scene with the Jazz re:freshed Outernational project. This British Underground initiative, supported by Afropunk and Arts Council England and funded by the PRS International Showcase Fund, encourages UK artists to participate in festivals and fairs around the world. This year they will be bringing Kokoroko and Project Karnak to the SIM 2018 night program.
KOKOROKO (meaning ‘be strong’ in the Niger-Congo language of the Urhobos), are a collective of young musicians brought together by a love for Afrobeat, led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey. They specialise in a soul shaking, horn fuelled sound with West African roots and inner London hues, inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen. The line-up includes Cassie Kinoshi (sax), Richie Seivwright (trombone), Oscar Jerome (guitar), Yohan Kebede (keyboards), Mutale Chashi (bass), Onome Ighmare (percussion) and Ayo Salawu (drums).
Project Karnak is a duo comprised of keyboardist Dominic Canning and drummer Sam Ouissellat who meld influences from drum & bass, jazz, funk and the ‘Final Fantasy’ soundtrack into their fresh new sound. Breaking new ground with their unique mix of synthesised, electronic sounds mixed with jazz and tight, energetic and fresh drums that sets them apart as one of the most exciting new acts of 2018, their debut EP entitled ‘Equinox’ was released via London label None More Records. Live shows include Alex Blake and Martin J Stephens.
Set up by Justin McKenzie and Adam Moses, Jazz re:freshed is a multifaceted music arts organization – label, venue, festival – at the forefront of the UK Jazz revolution worldwide, raising the profile of, and demonstrating the breadth of expression within U.K. Jazz and Jazz influenced music and challenging the preconceptions that has kept jazz on the side lines far too long. In 2003, Jazz re:freshed created a weekly residency for musicians in the jazz world who wanted to experiment and push boundaries. They have brought these sounds worldwide with the Outernation programme which brought Nubya Garcia and Yussef Dayes Quartet to SIM São Paulo in 2017.