Gilles Peterson Selected: Golden Mean + Amyra
The evening will introduce Golden Mean - the brand new band formed by Tom Driessler of Yussef Kamaal and Luke Wynter of Nubiyan Twist. Following on by Amyra, who is a musician, playwright, author and activist.
Best known as a radio presenter on Saturday afternoons on BBC 6Music and as an international club DJ, Gilles Peterson is also an avid record collector, a curator, a music producer and record label boss. For the latest edition of our Selected series, Gilles has chosen six acts that have attracted his attention over the last year or so - several making their debut appearances at a PizzaExpress Live venue.
Golden Mean is the brand new band formed by Tom Driessler of Yussef Kamaal and Luke Wynter of Nubiyan Twist... add to that killer synths from Lyle Barton and beats from Noya Rao's Matt Davies for an exciting blend of jazz, soul, hip hop, world and experimental music.
Amyra is a musician, playwright, author and activist. Her work fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and communal healing whilst celebrating love, blackness, and womanhood. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe collaborating with the likes of The Apollo, BAM, BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International and more. Amyra is the inaugural recipient of the Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Award which led to the 2019 London premiere of her debut play VASELINE. She is the author of the water under the bridge and Mouth Full of Concrete and has three literary works soon to be released with Penguin, Candlewick and Flying Eye Books. Her musical debut, Something Melancholy, led to sharing stages with Common, Melanie Fiona, Alice Smith, Nikki Giovanni and more. Amyra is currently working on her first full length album WITNESS set to release later this year.