Minddance & 10a Sessions present Big Hands & Abraham Parker + Alula + Donwella (DJ)
Big Hands & Abraham Parker
Big Hands & Abraham Parker perform their live set, a collision of jazz with dub techno. Monza’s prolific Big Hands’ ever-evolving electronic sounds have made their way onto the Beat Machine, Blank Mind and Oscilla labels in recent years; Parker has collaborated with the likes of Holy Tongue, Steve Beresford, Contours and Al Wootton. Colleagues at Honest Jon’s Records, their collaborative project blends live dubbing of Parker’s trumpet with an unbound array of rhythms, samples and percussive elements. Their sound – which has found a home on labels Trule and Baroque Sunburst – borrows from Basic Channel, Miles Davis and Jon Hassell, with a heavy current of dub running beneath their compositions and live shows.
Alula is an ethereal jazz duo comprised of Phoebe Coco and Iza. Their lucent sound fuses the saxophone, harp, piano, voice and much more, a hypnotic mix of spiritual jazz and meditative music. Their live sets are beguiling journeys, spaces of deep listening where improvisation and influences of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane merge with aspects of folk and choral music. Alula’s sound is intrinsically bound to nature: as well as collaborating and recording with each other in the studio, they often play and rehearse in North London’s parks and woods. Their performances are intimate, consuming affairs, and their third visit to the Servant Jazz Quarters basement promises to be no different.
Drawing on influences from her time living & DJing in South Africa, donwella’s sets flow through a spectrum of genres, united in their soul & groove. A monthly resident at Balamii and a veteran of Threads and Voices Radio, donwella’s thoughtfully curated selections have established her on the London airwaves, and her DJ sets are equally accomplished. Her other alliances are with Cape Town based hip-hop collective Selective Hearing and Coop Audio, a not-for-profit sound system cooperative in London.
+ Mind Dance DJs
50% of every ticket sold will be donated to Mind, to contribute to their imperative work providing mental health support.