Radio Londra, Italy presents Acoustic Report with Sam Leak and Josh Arcoleo (UK)

Zirilli, Enzo, Leak, Samuel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2291-8803, Arcoleo, Joshua and Curcio, Luca (2015) Radio Londra, Italy presents Acoustic Report with Sam Leak and Josh Arcoleo (UK). [Performance]

Abstract

At the FolkClub:

Sam Leak (piano)
Josh Arcoleo (saxophones)
Luca Curcio (young local phenomenon on the double bass)
Enzo Zirilli (drums)

Venue Details

  1. Radio Londra presenta ACOUSTIC REPORT con SAM LEAK e JOSH ARCOLEO (UK)
    • Location: FolkClub TORINO - Via Ettore Perrone 3 bis 10122, Italy
    • Dates: 20 Feb 2015

Item Type: Performance
Additional Information: Reviews
[Translated with Google Translate, from source text Italian: https://www.folkclub.it/concerti/4/acoustic-report-josh-arcoleo-sam-leak/]

Weather Report music like you've never heard it before
Exhibition born to bring Turin directly from London, and in concerts often unique to Italy, significant testimonies of how the jazz scene and its surroundings evolve across the Channel, this year reaches its sixth season, now being able to count on a motivated audience and fond. RadioLondra employs an exceptional "speaker": Enzo Zirilli, the excellent Turin drummer and percussionist who has lived and worked permanently in London for years, collaborating with exceptional musicians from all over the world.
One evening, at the legendary Ronnie Scott's in London, during a late set in which I was attending, I discovered with great pleasure two of the most talented "terrible boys" of the last extraordinary generation of British musicians: Sam Leak and Josh Arcoleo (dad is Sicilian, you understand?). On stage, at a certain point, a quote from a piece of the Weather Report started which immediately made me think of how nice it would have been to pay homage to their music, but without electric instruments! It was enough to mention Josh and Sam my idea that Acoustic Report was already born!
Thus, with the enthusiasm and passion that distinguish him, Enzo Zirilli recalls the first encounter with Josh Arcoleo and Sam Leak, which coincides with the genesis of the Acoustic Report project. A project that contains the germs of paradox and madness: pay homage to the largest group of electric jazz with strictly acoustic sounds? Of course, it is precisely the crazy ideas that produce great music, and this seems to us one of those. Come and touch with your hand, or rather with oreccchio at the FolkClub.
Josh Arcoleo was born in 1989 (he is therefore a year younger than the FolkClub) in a family of musicians. At 13 he began taking saxophone lessons from the legendary Pee Wee Ellis, with whom he began playing on tour at the age of 16, performing all over Europe. In 2007 he entered the prestigious jazz course of the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated in 2011, the year in which he won the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. In 2012 he released the first CD in his name, Beginnings, which was enthusiastically received by British critics. Josh also received the EMI Music Sounf Foundation and MBF Young Talent awards, as well as nominations for the Jazz FM and London Jazz Awards. In addition to working with his quartet, which includes Ivo Neame, Calum Gourlay and James Maddren, Josh is a permanent member of the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, the Jeff Williams quartet, the Kit Downes band, the Dave Hamblett and Mike Chillingworth sextets , and the quartet composed with Nikki Iles, Steve Watts and Jeff Williams. Josh is also a member of Rhino Horns' James Gardiner-Bateman and William Rixon, a wind-only trio who is currently on tour with Joss Stone with dates in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. They also collaborated with Michael Kiwanuka, Katy B, Lianna La Havas, Ghostpoet.
Sam Leak has been so defined by the influential JazzFM journalist Helen Mayhew ... one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of the jazz piano, a heavenly improviser, and a bright promise for the future ... Sam is directly involved in many projects on the English jazz scene , but he is better known to the public for his participation in the band Aquarium, with James Allsopp, Joshua Blackmore and Calum Gourlay, for which in addition to playing the piano he is also a composer. He made two CDs with them, his eponymous debut in 2011 and Places in 2013. Both received an excellent reception from critics, the first entering the international top ten of Mojo magazine, the second receiving compliments from the most important British critics such as John Fordham del Guardian (... boundless creativity, far beyond mere virtuosity ...), Daniel Spicer (... sophisticated acoustic jazz, with solid roots in tradition, who knows exactly where he wants to go and succeeds ...) and Jamie Cullum (... heavyweights on the British jazz scene, I'm a fan of them ...) from the BBC. Sam has collaborated as a sideman with Ray Warleigh, Anita Wardell and many others, performing in the most important British jazz stages. He is often requested by American stars on tour in England, it happened with Arun Luthra, Leah Gough-Cooper, Cameron Outlaw. He has composed numerous themes for his big band, his quintet and for the piano duo in which he participates with Dan Tepfer. In addition to his activity as a musician, Sam is also a researcher in the psychology department of the University of Cambridge, where he conducts studies on the cognitive aspects related to music.
At the FolkClub Sam Leak (piano), Josh Arcoleo (saxophones), Luca Curcio (young local phenomenon on the double bass) and of course Enzo Zirilli (drums).
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Music group
Item ID: 28621
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Depositing User: Sam Leak
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 15:17
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 15:17
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28621

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