Preview: Brainchild presents On Mass with Nubya Garcia and International Jam
If you've ever been to one of Brainchild's festivals or events, you'll have no doubt seen and experienced the community spirit that makes them quite so special. This, coupled with detailed curation and creative direction is where co-founder Marina Blake and crew kill it. Doing what they do comes from a place of passion, an excitement to bring communities together across multiple art forms. And in doing so they succeed in showcasing music in a whole new light.
Brainchild’s next event takes the idea of bringing communities together to the next level, with a border crossing collaboration of musicians from London, Brazil and beyond. LT favourite Nubya Garcia is set to take the stage for a headline set, preceded by an international jam led by Wayne Francis of Ahanase and United Vibrations. The evening will also feature a beatbox performance by former world champion Bellatrix and a talk lead by the donny Teju Adeleye, who contributed some of the finest writing to the recent re-up of Straight No Chaser. It’s all part of the Roundhouse’s On Mass programme, bringing together musicians from around the world including Faroese singers, Brazilian instrumentalists and Indian drummers and beatboxers. With collaboration at its core it’s bound to be a treat.
Listen to Blake in conversation with Musica Macondo’s Tim Garcia on Jazz FM for a taste of what to expect.
This cross-collaboration of the London scene and musicians from around the world is making for thoroughly exciting jams. Nights like this such as the recent Chicago X London showcase allow artists the freedom to step into unchartered territory, challenged by the collaborations that they encounter. With improvisation at their core, the music created is only truly captured in the very moment of each live event. This makes for something truly unmissable.
If the music and art that we love is to be pushed forward, this emphasis on collaboration, and the bringing together of different communities from around the globe, is key. Whether that’s at Brainchild’s festival jams in the Steez Cafe or their showcases in London, the care and attention to detail when bringing together communities remains something to aspire to across all elements of curation.