Unknown To Known | Portico




Improvised extracts from our first encounter in July 2021. Portico Gallery, South London.


This group is a culmination of four musicians each active in some of the most prominent musical forces around today including Sting, Van Morrison, Anoushka Shankar, Wild Flower, Ill Considered, Collocutor, Akram Khan, Dele Sosimi, Sarathy Korwar, Joy Crookes and more.


On woodwinds, Idris Rahman and Tamar Osborn weave together the melodic fabric of this music. Having already released the album “Conversations” together in duo – described by Max Reinhardt from the BBC’s Late Junction as “a revelation” – their lyrical approach gracefully compliments one another, whether they play in unison or counterpoint. Jihad Darwish oscillates between the sitar, double bass and electric bass, providing a bridge from melodic and harmonic worlds down to earthy, pulsating yet sensitive grooves which Yusuf Ahmed ties together on the drums and various hybrid percussion instruments. The formation of this band means that performances can be entirely acoustic or amplified. This was a conscious decision made at conception.



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