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2014/03/21

Rainlore's World would like to sincerely and humbly thank everybody who donated to the recent Appeal for Donations, and one particular very kind and generous person/persons. You have made it possible for Rainlore's World to continue as an independent, not for profit site, with hosting now secure until 2015!

Thank you all so very, very much!

The appeal will be relaunched as and when funds begin to run short and web hosting for 2015/16 needs to be secured.

The overdue proper site update will follow ASAP. Please bear with Rainlore's World until then. Thank you.

 

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2014/01/14

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term!

Please note - donations from artists, as well as from venues in the London/South East area, can only be accepted anonymously as otherwise conflicts of interest might arise! Rainlore's World has had to turn down several kind offers of donations of this kind already as they were either publically or privately offered. They have to be refused as otherwise the neutrality of Rainlore's World might be compromised, as e.g. an artist offering a donation might then be said to expect a favourable review in the future. Donations through PayPal are anonymous as antehc only pass on an anouncement of a donation and amount, and where relevant an unidentifiable comment.

There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £240. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Recently, a musician very kindly donated their entire earnings from a gig! Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event (with the new fare increases for 2014 this may increase), £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, some other quick urgent news.

2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards!
Voting now open!
Jazz Services and PPL are pleased to announce that online voting is now open for the tenth Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which will take place at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 13th May. Entries are open to everyone, and forms can be completed online from the Jazz Services website at www.jazzservices.org.uk. The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday 3rd February 2014.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards is organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and supported by music licensing company PPL in conjunction with Jazz Services, JazzUK, Jazzwise, and the Jazz Section of the Musicians’ Union.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE HERE -

http://jazzservices.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c54755d2d91ce836242ea0d58&id=ce3f2d5320&e=4b2f06b269

 

The categories for the 2014 Awards have been updated to reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene. Among the revisions is the introduction of the ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’ award which will honour the finest fresh talent from the last twelve months, and the separation of the ‘Musician of the Year’ award into ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and ‘Vocalist of the Year’, to allow for greater acknowledgment of the various art forms comprising jazz performance.

The nine categories for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2014 are:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians)
Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013)
Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2013)
Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

PPL has been supporting the awards since 2005 and last year’s winners included: Guy Barker – Jazz Musician of the Year; Impossible Gentlemen – Jazz Ensemble of the Year; John Surman’s ‘Saltash Bells’ – Jazz Album of the Year and the late Stan Tracey OBE – Services to Jazz Award.

APPJAG has over 100 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords, across all political parties. Its aim is to encourage a wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the industry and issues surrounding it, as well as promoting jazz as a musical form, and to raise its profile both inside and outside of Parliament.

Rainlore's World will cast its vote for jazz singer extraordinaire Jan Ponsford in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2013) category, and I urge you to do the same, as well as the below.
Rainlore's World will also vote as follows -
Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2013 by a UK band or musicians) - 'Songs Of The Metropolis' (Gilad Atzmon & The OHE)
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon
Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2013) - Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

 

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2013/12/31

Rainlore's World would like to wish everybody a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and a Happy belated Holiday Season!

The long overdue regular update will follow ASAP. Unfortunately, persistent health issues have been and are holding things up. In the coming updates there will be reviews of some most exciting CD releases, a fabulous multi-arts event, and four fabulous, exciting gigs going back all the way to last August! Plus, hopefully, a long overdue interview!

For all the latest, check Facebook from time to time!

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! There are some fabulous gigs coming up for review all the time, but regrettably they cannot be attended due to lack of funds for travel expenses. In fact, Rainlore's World's financial situation may sadly force the site to close down next August as there are no funds for web hosting and domain renewal, and at present the site is indeed in debt. So if you can help at all, please do. For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is only £185. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for February by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, Happy 2012 and see you soon!

 

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2013/09/11

If you would like to help keep Rainlore's World going, please donate to the ongoing Appeal above. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds, especially short term! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. The total raised so far is £170. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. There has also been a generous pledge for October by The Devil's Kitchen Collective and Fiona Kerr - a fabulous jazz club in Bury St. Edmunds. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where the money goes :  £40 roughly covers the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on some outstanding live events that were to be reviewed, and at the moment it is impossible to commit to any further live events at all. End of August web hosting fees were due and had to be borrowed for now.


For now, a special feature and an sensational article.

The little storm in a tea cup that developed into a hurricane of sorts thanks to the BBC's decision to repress free speech - Nigel Kennedy, Prom 34 And The BBC Censorship Of Kennedy's 'Apartheid' Statement is just that. This article explores the whole sordid affair! An innocuous little remark by Kennedy at the end of his Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Prom with The Palestine Strings and members of his Orchestra of Life about Apartheid and Palestine that would otherwise have passed without much notice was drawn to everyone's attention by the BBC spinelessly caving in to one Baroness Deech's objection and censoring free speech and this remark from the television broadcast of this event. Read all about it...

The long overdue Special Feature concerns Liz Liew & Yuyu Rau's Snapshots At The Bedford Fringe Festival, South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford, Friday 26th July 2013. A fabulous live music/dance theatre presentation and more! This feature is in lieu of a review which sadly wasn't possible and gives an illustrated overview of and introduction to this fascinating cross-cultural event that is set to go on a nationwide tour in 2014.

In other news, please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

 

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2013/07/12

The Rainlore's World Appeal for Donations was 'silently' - apart from announcements on Facebook - relaunched a few weeks ago. Rainlore's World is in urgent needs of funds! For details, see the box above. There's even a convenient PayPal button which lets you donate anonymously. £50 were raised in cash prior to the relaunch, and afterwards, a total of £40 (minus fees) via PayPal since. Also, a generous donation of a (secondhand) laptop computer was received as the previous one was terminally ill, to tide things over until the tower can be repaired. Thank you all most kindly for your generosity.

Where your money goes :  £40 covers roughly the travel expenses for one live event, £50 covers those plus helps Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence with his travel expenses. Approx. £210 covers web hosting for one year. App. £500 would cover computer repairs/upgrades.

Please give what you can. Rainlore's World is already having to miss out on live events that were to be reviewed, and only two can be attended between now and end of August. After that, I am unable to commit at present. End of August is also when web hosting fees are due.


For now, much delayed, we have an art exhibition review and an exclusive in-depth interview! This time, we'll skip strict alphabetical order for once.

Asaf Sirkis is launching his latest fabulous album with his trio on 17th July at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, and if you pre-book at the Pizza, a free, signed CD will be yours on the night! Book here now! Don't miss this super gig!

To celebrate the launch, we have an exclusive, extensive in-depth interview, The Rainlore Interview :  Asaf Sirkis - a must read! Sirkis talks freely about the Shepherd's Stories album, the trio, his music, formative influences on his development as a musician, and much more besides. A most revealing chat!

Long overdue is the fully illustrated fine art review of Alban Low - Jazz Art Exhibition At Twickenham Jazz Club, Twickenham, Middx. TW2, Saturday 25th May 2013. Low is of course Rainlore's World Artist in Residence, and this exhibition also includes images from our joint ventures. With jazz artists being his specialty, another exhibition on the subject was long overdue. A collection of stunning images, but see for yourself. And if that's not enough, you can even buy fine prints to decorate your wall! And at more than reasonable prices, too. Too reasonable for such a fine outstanding artist, if you ask me.

Please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

 

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2013/06/04

This time's Special Feature is Asaf Sirkis And The Road To Shepherd's Stories - the latest album with his Asaf Sirkis Trio, to be released in July. A brief career overview and, well, what it says on the tin. Shepherd's Stories, Sirkis' most riveting album yet, will be launched at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on 17th July, so hurry up and get your tix soon! The album itself will be reviewed shortly.

Please note that the 'Other World Music' page will be renamed as plain 'World Music' page as soon as circumstances permit.

Also please be aware that there may be delays to forthcoming updates due to the current - generously donated - stop-gap laptop computer being very near breathing its last and hence a (tower) replacement having to be found urgently, which may occupy a good bit of time.

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

Hence, an appeal for donations will be re-launched shortly, as soon as mechanisms for anonymous donations via PayPal have been put in place.

 

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2013/05/16

After some delays and including a couple more reviews than would originally have been scheduled, here's a bevy of reviews - four gig reviews, two illustrated by Rainlore's World Artist in Residence Alban Low, and two illustrated guest reviews by him, a solitary album review (I know, we're getting further behind again with albums at the moment but hope to catch up a good bit soon) and of course, an article.

The article, The Reviewer & The Reviewed examines the roles of both. This had been held over from previous updates to fine-tune it. It's funny how there's just the odd exception that does not seem to grasp the fundamental 'rules of engagement!'

Please be aware that there may be delays to forthcoming updates due to the current - generously donated - stop-gap laptop computer being very near breathing its last and hence a (tower) replacement or parts having to be found urgently, which may occupy a good bit of time.

Most regrettably I have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour most events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

Hence, an appeal for donations will be re-launched shortly, as soon as mechanisms for anonymous donations via PayPal have been put in place.

 

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2013/03/27

Much delayed, alas, but you will surely find this update was worth waiting for! Albeit, in this section only for a fascinating feature...

This is Jan Ponsford On A Gig At The Klinker Club At The Olive, Stoke Newington High Street, London N16, Tuesday 5th February 2013, And On Free Improv, which has the renowned jazz singer extraordinaire talking in her own words and makes for fascinating reading. The subject of free improvisation does not come up too often these days, and here Ms. Ponsford talks about it most knowledgably and accessibly, from a musicians point of view. Expect to hear a whole lot more from/about Jan Ponsford, who has returned to these shores to resume her career here, to our great fortune.

In other news, the long overdue Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will of course follow ASAP but maybe a while yet. However, the good news is that the winners will henceforth receive a commemorative plaque, and Rainlore's World is proud to announce that the Rainlore's World Albums Of The Year 2012 will be sponsored by the prestigious Samson Low Ltd., one of the UK's oldest publishing houses!

Most regrettably I shall have to severely curtail gig and other live event reviews from now on due to severely constrained finances and in the absence of substantial donations to the site or sponsorship. I shall of course honour any events I have already committed to until August this year. However, beyond that, things are highly uncertain at the moment, and unless there is a positive change in circumstances, I shall not be able to attend more than one event per month at best. Expenses such as fares are simply too much to bear out of my own limited pocket.

 

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2013/02/17

At last, Pt. 2 of last week's site update! Just an art exhibition review.

But what an exhibition! It's Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence's Alban Low - Art Of Folk Exhibition At TwickFolk, The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, Middx. TW1, Sunday 27th January 2013. Or, to give it its full title, Art of Folk At TwickFolk Twickenham. This comes fully illustrated with nineteen of the twenty glorious images in the show. And moreover, there's a special offer for readers of the review, so you can now own a fabulous print by Alban Low at a special price! This is an unmissable opportunity to have Alban Low's outstanding work grace your home.

 

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2013/02/10

Somewhat delayed due to various 'interludes' of exhaustion, man flu and the like, this site update also had to be split into two parts. Today, here is Pt. 1. Pt. 2 will follow, hopefully, around next Friday. Regrettably, this causes further delays to a number of album and gig reviews long overdue.

The current crop of features or reviews in Pt. 1 consists of a dance theatre review of a remarkable triple bill.

This features Liz Liew & Yuyu Rau - Snapshots, Et Al, The Place, Euston, London WC1H, Saturday 12th January 2013. The live score to the first piece, Liew & Rau's Snapshots, is also remarkable in itself! All in all, three excellent dance performances that should appeal even if modern dance is perhaps not usually your kind of thing.

Definite for Pt. 2 of this update is the review of Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's exhibition Art of Folk at TwickFolk Twickenham on 27th January! If possible, I might try and cram in some more from what should be the next site update, but no guarantees.

 

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2013/01/21

Out with the old, in with the new! The 2012 version of this page has now been archived. At the same time, the change in name to Rainlore's World is being further implemented, bit by bit!

Rainlore's World is proud to announce that acclaimed fine artist Alban Low has kindly consented to be Artist in Residence of Rainlore's World as of this month. Alban Low is renowned especially for his covers and artwork for CDs, live illustrations of gigs and studio sessions (with a primary focus on jazz - see also his blog Art of Jazz), and animations, including commissions for the BBC, and in 2012 already illustrated several gigs in collaboration with reviews on Rainlore's World. We hope our collaboration will be a long and fruitful one.

Some sections will be discontinued and permanently moved to archive shortly as it has regrettably become impossible to maintain them. These include the 'A/V Page' and the 'Artists' page. More on this soon.

On with the reviews! Or more accurately, one review this time, a fine art review.

Ed Gray's Private Show At Searcys, 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin), London EC3A, December 2012 is an exhibition of spectacular works in a spectacular setting. Dating from last December, publication of this review had to be postponed due to a delay in obtaining the illustrating images, with the attendant work in editing and layout of course adding further to the delay. However, with the images of some of Gray's exquisite works in this show, it should have been well worth the wait. The setting for this show was ideal - the works of this painter of London life on one side, on the other, spectacular views of his subject, London.

And just around the corner is Rainlore's World's Artist in Residence Alban Low's one-day exhibition, Art of Folk, at TwickFolk, Twickenham, this Sunday, 27th January, arising from his six month residency at the well known folk club. It's from 6pm at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! Twickenham train station is a couple of minutes walk and on the Waterloo to Kingston-upon-Thames line. An event not to be missed! In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

 

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2013/01/02

Hello New Year, and Hello Rainlore's World, Good Bye Rainlore's World of Music!

The process of changing over of the site's name to Rainlore's World has begun with a change of the logos on all essential section pages, e.g., 'Home,' Jazz,' 'Other World Music,' 'Literary,' and so on. More will follow gradually. Also, more and more pages will have headers and other incidences of the old Rainlore's World of Music changed to Rainlore's World.

This change of the site's name is intended to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Furthermore, with the next full site update, the 2012 portion of this page and all other section pages will be moved to archive, hence the next update may be a little longer than usual.

Wishing everyone a Happy 2013

 

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Articles & Features

 

Features/Articles added 2013/09/11:

[Article] Nigel Kennedy, Prom 34 And The BBC Censorship Of Kennedy's 'Apartheid' Statement (2013/08/26)

[Special Feature] Liz Liew & Yuyu Rau's Snapshots At The Bedford Fringe Festival, South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford, Friday 26th July 2013 (2013/08/05)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/07/12:

[Fine Art Review] Alban Low - Jazz Art Exhibition At Twickenham Jazz Club, Twickenham, Middx. TW2, Saturday 25th May 2013 (2013/05/26)

[Interview] The Rainlore Interview :  Asaf Sirkis (2013/06/11)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/06/04:

[Special Feature] Sirkis, Asaf, And The Road To Shepherd's Stories (2013/04/03)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/05/16:

[Article] The Reviewer & The Reviewed (2013/04/03) - on the roles of both

 

Features/Articles added 2013/03/27:

[Special Feature] Jan Ponsford On A Gig At The Klinker Club At The Olive, Stoke Newington High Street, London N16, Tuesday 5th February 2013, And On Free Improv (2013/03/01)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/02/17:

[Art Exhibition Review] Alban Low - Art Of Folk Exhibition At TwickFolk, The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, Middx. TW1, Sunday 27th January 2013 (2013/01/28)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/02/10:

[Dance Theatre Review] Liz Liew & Yuyu Rau - Snapshots, Et Al, The Place, Euston, London WC1H, Saturday 12th January 2013 (2013/01/13)

 

Features/Articles added 2013/01/21:

[Fine Art Review] Ed Gray :  Private Show At Searcys, 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin), London EC3A, December 2012 (2012/12/08)

 


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