This morning’s guest, Cassie Kinoshi, is known primarily for her work with jazz septet Nérija, Afrobeat band Kokoroko and her own large ensemble, SEED. We are thrilled to present her Sunday morning jams in collaboration with MailTape!
Her most recent ventures include a Sound and Music funded series of events with her ensemble SEED (Driftglass), as well as the position of sole composer for The Old Vic Theatre’s professional development programme 2016–17.
If you’re in London or Dublin, Cassie will be performing with SEED during the London Jazz Festival at Ray’s Jazz (in Foyles bookstore) on 17th November, and with Kokoroko at The Complex in Dublin on 25th November.
Cassie Kinoshi’s selection
Kiran Kai ft. Jordan Rakei & Bdrsk – FF
Cassie Kinoshi: “As a freelancer, I often forget to take care of my mental well-being by dedicating time to myself. I’ve been trying to prioritise self-care in my schedule and slowly started to introduce what I call “Self-care Sundays” where I relax and take it easy for the whole day. This is the perfect tune to accompany easing into a reflective Sunday morning with a cup of tea.“
Andrew Poppy – Last Light
Cassie Kinoshi: “Andrew Poppy has always been a composer I’ve admired since having him as a teacher at university. I feel that he’s is one of the reasons I survived at conservatoire! This piece has been on repeat for a while—I really enjoy listening to compositions that are full of texture, colour and so abstractly beautiful that you lose yourself within and becoming enveloped in the sound.“
Oscar Jerome – You Take Me
Cassie Kinoshi: “One of my favourite guitarists on the London scene to work with; I was super excited when I heard that Oscar Jerome would finally be releasing his music last year. The writing, production and arrangements on this EP are so thorough—you can tell Oscar put his heart and soul into making this and his music never fails to transport me every time I listen.“
Cassie Kinoshi ft. Heidi Heidelberg — The Dream Keeper
Sanjay: “It’s not often we get to present the work of poets on MailTape, but I’m glad we are! Conveying mixed emotions of hope and fear, this composition from Cassie Kinoshi makes me want to curl up in an armchair and read more Langston Hughes…‘away from the too-rough fingers of the world’.“
Mazz Swift – Invisible (Dedicated to Trayvon Martin and his Family)
Sanjay: “Dedicated to Trayvon Martin and his family, this is Mazz Swift’s contribution to the first CD release from Con Vivo Music, ‘Modern Dances’, featuring music by their members. I saw Mazz perform last Sunday with Hear in Now at The Vortex in London alongside Tomeka Reid, Silvia Bolognesi and Alexander Hawkins. So good!“
Collocutor — Arrival
Sanjay: “This track is taken from the second album by Collocutor, a London-based ensemble led by saxophonist Tamar Osborn. This is beautiful modal music ranging from afrobeat to polyphonic choral music. The entire EP resonates with some really nice brass arrangements combined with ethereal solos. Perfect for the onset of autumn.“
Moses Boyd Exodus — Nocturne
Sanjay: “I feel there’s a lot more music to come from Moses Boyd & Co. and it’s been a pretty exciting experience hearing them live every time I’ve had the opportunity. While evocative of the night, I think this works just as well for a (very early?) Sunday morning!“
That’s all for today. Thanks for listening and much love to Cassie Kinoshi for being our guest, and to Anaïs Caura for this episode’s beautiful illustration! And check out her groovy animations on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!