It’s not every day that Indaba members are released by one of the most famous and well respected record labels in the world. April 22nd just happened to be one of those days. We are excited and incredibly proud to announce that the composer known as the single most influential composer of his time has released not one, not two, but three Indaba members on his most recent EP, Reich: 2×5 (Remixed).
The music released was the result of our Steve Reich Opportunity in the fall of 2010, and now it has all come together! We hope you enjoy the amazing music and support the huge talent it took to win this Opportunity. Downloads are available exclusively on iTunes.
The tunes onSwing the Circle are clever. The collection contains works written, performed, and produced entirely by Indaba Music members. Headed up by Colin “Bonny Blue Hare” Edwards from Aberdeen, Scotland, Swing the Circle centers around jazz songs, oscillating between smooth soul and big band swing.
The 19 collaborators hail from all over the globe. But, based on the cohesion of the record, you’d think they were all in the same room. It’s a showcase of obvious talent. Colin’s complex compositions challenge his audience intellectually, while maintaining an effortless feel and enjoyable listening experience. Greg Pappas (who also moonlights as a speed painter) writes and sings tracks that swing hard. He pipes out witty lyrics in a husky croon with note-worthy confidence. Ira Jackson’s soulful contributions are smooth, smart, and tastefully done. It’s great to hear skilled musicians and Indaba stand-bys like Cliff – SaxUtopia, Lulu M, David Minnick and many others strut their stuff in this more traditional setting. We sat down with Colin Edwards to talk about the project.