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LIJF 2020: Tin Men and the Telephone (+ Hippo)

Friday, 28 February 2020 Time: 7.30pm

"The best kept secret in Jazz" - Downbeat Magazine

"Interactive innovation allows you to enjoy a whole new and unique experience" - BBC

In a 5-star review, The Times (UK) explains, “a 21st-century gig in which multimedia gadgetry and a sense of mischief combine to create something fresh and unexpected.” Amsterdam’s Tin Men and The Telephone combine live electronics, projected visuals, and audience participation. In a first, this band encourages the use of cellphones at concerts, letting their app control the next move. Audiences are invited to suggest melodies, rhythms and chords, live during the performance. The App is a theatrical prop and these skilled musicians take it in stride, improvising from audience decisions. In a return to activism and politics in jazz, acoustic jazz and futuristic electronic sounds combine. In their newest expression “Global Relocation of Evolved Apes Towards Exoplanet Suitable for Terraformation” the climate crisis has escalated, and the time has come for humanity to leave planet Earth. You must collaborate to make a plan to warm up your new home and enjoy the live in-flight entertainment by Tin Men and The Telephone along the way.



Tin Men & The Telephone will be supported with an opening set by Bristol based contemporary jazz trio, Hippo. In the lineage of Donny McCaslin and STUFF, Hippo's music buries a jazz aesthetic in a nest of beefy electronics and bouncing rhythms. The earnest muscular sound debuted on their 2018 release caught the attention of BBC Radio 3, Introducing, and Fresh on the Net. Playing live, their hybrid music has seen them entertain diverse crowds across the UK - from techno raves to basement jazz clubs and everything in between. 

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