Ninja Tune label mates Cinematic Orchestra are a rare commodity. A sessional group, headed by Joe Swinscoe and Dom Smith. Their sound is a fusion of Classical, Jazz, Soul and at points breaks (with a driving drum rhythm). With a wide variety of stellar musicians joining the fray, this time round they were joined by LA based vocalist and mulit-instrumentalist Moses Sumney.
Another collaborator will be well known to DIlla heads. Miguel Atwood Ferguson, the renowned composer, violinist and creator of the highly respected Suite For Ma Dukes tribute. Miguel joined the string trio, with a dominant and incredible role, including some mind boggling solos.
Luke Flowers owned the drums! With some solos that last for a few minutes, expanding recognisable tracks into improvised jazz numbers, his defined and distinctive sound is a constant within the Cinematic soundscape.
This time round the group switched the turntables for samplers, with some elegant layers adding to proceedings. An unusual acoustic twist on To Build A Home left the audience in an interesting mix of “i prefer the original” and “that was so different and refreshing”. Hard to pick a corner on this one!
Overall, this was an amazing, and nearly two hour long performance of extraordinary musical ability, featuring an international cast of performers who seemed focused on the music more than the stage show. The instruments and voices were at the forefront, and my were they incredible, each and everyone!
Words and images by James “Vice beats” Kennaby