Black Top

18 - 22 Ashwin street
E8 3DL


Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson with special guests Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), Phillip Achille (harmonica) and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto (drums)

Black Top, shaped by Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas, explore the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Performing with them across both nights during the Festival will be very special guest Jamaaladeen Tacuma on electric bass. In the 1970's, Tacuma became a member of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band and subsequently toured with and performed on some of Coleman's historic recordings, as well as performing with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, and The Roots. 

'Thomas has an imperious charisma that’s immediately amplified when he starts to play. He always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude' (The Jazz Mann)

'Tatsuhisa is one of the most exciting young drummers in Japan at the moment' (Otomo Yoshihide)

Also on the bill are Xomaltesc Tbobhni the relentlessly exacting duo of drummer Paul Abbott and saxophonist Seymour Wright, playing a blend of jazz, techno and acoustic dance music.

Tickets on the door will be £12 where available.