Preview: Bixiga 70 @ Rich Mix (London, 29th January 2016)

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Bringing together joyous danceability, a sharp sense of humour and committed political reflection, come shake off any remaining turkey sandwiches this January to the profound instrumental music of Bixiga 70.

Coming together in Sao Paolo’s culturally diverse Bixiga neighbourhood, inspired by the city’s jazz and avant-garde pop scene, Bixiga 70 seamlessly fuse jazz, funk and Afro-Brazilian music, even stretching further afield into dub and reggae, electronics, cumbia and carimbó, ethio-jazz and samba. Known for their high energy and mix of musical identities, the ten-piece’s London show is sure to thrill.

The band’s aptly named third album, III, represents hyper-contemporary dialogue journeys between the sounds and rhythms of Brazil and Africa. Described as a breath-taking rhythmic storm where inspired solos, harmony and dynamics, beats and improvisation all mesh together in vital and unpredictable ways, there is no doubt that Bixiga 70 is one of the guiding voices of Brazil’s contemporary instrumental music scene and a must-see this New Year.

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