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Chiminyo presents:
NRG 3

'Chiminyo is one of the boldest percussionists in the country' Clash magazine 

'Very much future jazz' Nick Luscombe, Late Junction, Radio 3

'A free-spirited Renegade' The Guardian

'Euphoric' Jazzwise magazine

'Brilliant' Gilles Peterson

The brainchild of drummer/producer Chiminyo, NRG is more than just an album, label or event. It’s a concept. Born out of a conversation about the UK Jazz scene (is it really jazz?) Chiminyo concluded that this musical expression is less about ‘jazz’ and more about energy (NRG). 

 

So with this in mind, he set about to explore, celebrate and harness this NRG in its purest form. No labels, no promoters, no industry, no control. Just Chiminyo and members of his musical community exchanging (strictly improvised) NRG with audiences and capturing the spontaneous beauty to be shared with the world. 

 

This third edition, NRG 3, features an all-star line-up. Modular synth wizard and Ariwo band leader Pouya Ehsaei, electro synth-pop artist and incredible keyboard/synth player Maria Chiara Argiró, and Hak Baker's trumpet player Sam Warner. And you can really feel the vibrant NRG of the capital pulsating throughout. Raucous dance-floor stompers such as 'Enter the Dragon' and 'Fred not Again' are beautifully contrasted with the dreamy, cinematic  'Avalon'.  And the addition of instrumental and vocal guests on the night really adds a special touch. 'Stories Untold' opens with flautist Lluis Domènech Plana's lyrical exploration on bamboo flute before developing into an up-tempo house inspired dance tune, whilst Nadeem Din Gabisi's 'Fire' presents a unique perspective on a trap groove that you simply couldn't imagine outside of the context of NRG 3, and towards the end of the track the audio cuts to camera audio due to an issue with the desk recording, a magical moment that puts you in right there in the room and reminds you that this was a live gig!

It is incredible to think this record is improvised, because each tune comes across as a carefully sculpted master-piece, a clear testament to the incredible musicians on the line-up. 

 

Chiminyo - Drums 

Pouya Ehsaei - Modular Synths

Maria Chiara Argiró - Keyboard synths

Sam Warner - Trumpet & Effects

 

+ featured vocalists/musicians

Nadeem Din Gabisi (Fire)

Lluis Domènech Plana (Stories Untold)

Rob Milne (The Duel, The Alchemist)

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