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WWA 2016 // Introducing: Matthew Halsall

November 30, 2015

As we continue to gear up for the Worldwide Awards on the 16th January, we’ve put together another intro profile to help y’all get a handle on the many bright and shining talents who are populating this year’s bill. You can now buy physical tickets (limited to 100) for £40.

Our next announcement, in what’s going to be an exciting year for jazz, is Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra. Always pushing boundaries, Halsall’s music blends his love of the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane and Eastern music with evocative, rain-streaked visions from his hometown of Manchester. The result is a sublime spiritual jazz all of his own.

His latest album Into Forever takes the Halsall sound still further, influenced by contemporary electronica and the classic Cadet recordings of Dorothy Ashby and psychedelic soul arrangements of Charles Stepney (Rotary Connection, Minnie Ripperton, Terry Callier) to deliver a sublime melding of stripped back soulful funk and deep, minimalist, spiritual jazz, combined with the soulful poetry of special guest Josephine Oniyama that will take you on a journey deep into forever!

We fired some questions over to Matthew to hear about where he’s at right now.

Where in the world…

…are you now?

Manchester, UK

…inspires you?

Lots of places (Japan/Taiwan/India/UK)

…have you done your best performance?

It’s got to be my performance at Union Chapel in London on 29th October 2015, it’s such an amazing space.

…has the best food?

Well I’m vegetarian, so I’d have to go for Italy or India.

…do you go to escape?

I often jump in my car and drive to the Lake District in Cumbria, or North Wales.

…do you most want to go?

I’ve never been to New York, and I really want to go to MoMA, plus all the record shops and jazz clubs.

…has the best music right now?

The UK.

And finally, how many languages can you say hello in? And can you prove it?

Well I’m pretty shocking at languages and I have a memory like a sieve, but I think I can do about five (French/ Spanish/German/Italian/Japanese).

Buy tickets for the Awards at KOKO on the 16th January.

Check other WWA profiles below:

Little Simz // Henry Wu Presents Yussef Kamaal // Deft // Leron Thomas