Song for the sleeping features an inventive lineup including BBC jazz awards winner Sebastian Rochford on drums, Ben Davis on cello, Brazilian Adriano Adawali Itauna on percussion and Perrier award winner Julia Biel on vocals.
The music draws on diverse influences from Europe, Africa and the Americas and unexpectedly forges a sound that defies the darkness of its themes with warm, extended melodies and songs imbued with imagery and emotion.
“Oriole proves how open-minded young British-based improvisers are these days.” Jazzwise
The band shares what Jonny describes as an open vision, meaning that each member’s influences extend far beyond jazz to include a broad spectrum of arts, music, travel, film and dance.
“Oriole ultimately displays more lyrical and worldly traits than its contemporaries.” Jazzwise
As bandleader, Jonny Phillips is drawn to music, which he considers to have deep cultural connections, such as that found in West Africa and the North of Brazil. Similarly, he is inspired by music that is integrated into film. It is this sense of musical integration and connection that is aspired to with Oriole.
Oriole have been featured on Jazz on Three, Jazz Fm, Jazz Lineup and in Straight no Chaser, Jazzwise, Timeout and live as part of the Rhythm Sticks Festival at the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall.
Song For The Sleeping Track Listing
Track 1 “Lament” is based on Venezuelan rhythms and English Impressionist Classical music such as Vaughan-Williams.
Track 2 “Meme” is inspired by the eccentric character of the same name in Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude. The song blends Tango and Bolero with the harmonic influence of Eric Satie to explore the romance, tragedy and bereavement in Meme’s life.
Track 3 “Larks” contrasts urban and rural themes by combining folk melody with a drum and bass groove. The song features a tenor solo by Rob Leak.
Track 4 “Remedius” This song draws inspiration from another Garcia-Marquez character, namely the radiant beauty Remedius. The tune emerges from the old Brazilian musical style Choro and later develops into a waltz. Remedius features a solo by pianist Nick Ramm.
Track 5 “Deep Snow” is written from the perspective of a non-Westerner and contemplates the flaws inherent in our society and our effect on others. The song features Julia Biel on vocals, who also wrote the lyrics, and Ben Davis’ emotive cello solo.
Track 6 “Eyes of a Blue Dog” is another piece influenced by the work of Garcia-Marquez, this time exploring the theme of death. This dark track is based on West African rhythms, especially those from Cameroon and features Robin Mullarkey on bass.
Track 7 “Theme des Tangos Celabres” is a dedication to tango, waltz and bolero.
Track 8 “Song For The Sleeping”. A love song or lullaby. You decide! The song features lyrics and vocals by Julia Biel and Idris Rahman on clarinet.