Glasgow-based Irish, Manx, Scottish and English quintet Ímar preview material from their hotly anticipated 3rd album. With a wide-reaching international fanbase, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners’ heavyweight line-up features Adam Brown (RURA), Adam Rhodes (Mec Lir), Mohsen Amini (Talisk), Ryan Murphy (Mànran) and Tomás Callister (Mec Lir).
Since forming 7 years ago, their 2 albums Afterlight and Avalanche have amassed a devoted listenership. Live audiences are transfixed by Ímar's collective technical prowess. The shared cultural heritages between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man are well documented. All 3 once shared the same Gaelic language, and a similar potent kinship lives on in Ímar’s music.
“Striking musicianship, artful arrangements and sheer absolute delight” (Songlines)
With a solid background acquired at the Fest Noz festivals, 'Ndiaz lay out their vision of trance with danceable music open to the world ; Youn Kamm gives his trumpet-playing an eastern flair, from Lebanon and Turkey. Yann Le Corre has imbued his playing with Brazilian forrò. Jérôme Kerihuel has perfected his percussion technique in India. As for Timothée Le Bour, his saxophone resonates like a Romanian taragot.
With circle dancing at its core, popular world music as its horizon, and improvisation as its line of flight, ‘Ndiaz comes out with hybrid music that knows no borders, one that must have sought elsewhere to find its means for taking root here.
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