I’ve really enjoyed helping out at Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall‘s Manchester based jazz label. Matt has a focused work ethic to be envious of, and is expanding his roster in November to include GoGo Penguin. I’d previously heard of Chris Illingworth as the leader of his eponymous trio, but GoGo Penguin is a different animal to your standard jazz fare. Enjoy the previews below.
GOGO PENGUIN // Fanfare
Album released 19 November 2012
Classically trained Manchester-based musicians Chris Illingworth (piano), Grant Russell (double bass) and Rob Turner (drums) met whilst studying at the RNCM and formed Gogo Penguin in 2009. During their individual music careers, the guys from Gogo Penguin have performed and collaborated with the likes of Jon Thorne (Lamb), Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), Chris Potter, Andy Shepherd and Mike Walker and as a trio have performed alongside acts including, Led Bib, Polar Bear, Django Bates and Acoustic Ladyland.
Their music is a mix of original compositions and revisionist takes on contemporary anthems, such as Queens of the Stone Age, Massive Attack and The Beatles. To see Gogo Penguin live is an emotionally charged experience, taking the listener through the melodic to the manic; from the IDM-inspired Last Words by the Walnut Tree to the heart-felt tribute Esbjörn (dedicated to the late Esbjörn Svensson) and the raucous energy of Fanfares; their imaginative improvisational style makes for a unique performance every time.
They have attracted audiences of all generations and tastes, having performed at venues ranging from jazz clubs to festivals. Recent performances include appearances at Manchester’s Roadhouse, Sound Control and Antwerp Mansion, Kendal Calling Festival, Dean Clough in Halifax, Manchester Jazz Festival and the Manchester International Festival. Gogo Penguin are currently recording their debut album, due for release early 2012.
Gogo Penguin’s debut album ‘Fanfares’ will be released on Gondwana Records on Monday 19th November 2012