Polar Bear On The BBC
Published 1 April 2010 by BWL

It's a busy old time for Polar Bear. April sees a flurry of appearances on the BBC, both on the radio and, most excitingly, TV!

The big news is that, on April 16, Polar Bear become the first ever Leaf artist to perform on 'Later... with Jools Holland'. You can find this programme on BBC 2 and via BBC's smashing iPlayer (if you are lucky enough to be able to access it):

The show will be recorded on April 13, and you can apply for tickets to the recording at the same link. Join us!

Next Monday (April 5), Radio 3's Jazz On 3 will air the recording of the band's show at The Garage, London, from last month. The programme runs from 11.15pm (UK time) and more info can be found here:

The following night, April 6, Jamie Cullum kicks off a new series of his Radio 2 show with a session and interview with Seb Rochford's band. The hour long show begins at 7pm:

On the same night as the Later... broadcast, April 16, another session will be aired on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show. The show runs from 7pm-9pm:

Finally, not strictly a BBC related story, but we have uploaded two live videos of Polar Bear from their gig at Coventry's Taylor John's House from April last year. Here's 'The Love Didn't Go Anywhere':

And you can find the segued 'Goodbye'/'Appears, Moves and Sails' here:

Efterklang Perform Parades In Amsterdam
Published 6 April 2010 by BWL

Efterklang have announced that they will be 'Performing Parades' on June 19 at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Metropole Orkest, who have played with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Anthony & The Johnsons recently, join the Danish collective for this performance.

A live video and audio recording of Performing Parades was released at the end of last year which was captured in the band's hometown of Copenhagen along with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra in September 2008. Find out more here.

Efterklang have just released their third studio album, Magic Chairs, on their new home 4AD and are busy touring around Europe at the moment. See all the dates and find out about the new record here:

Polar Bear On BBC 2 Tomorrow
Published 8 April 2010 by BWL

Further to our post earlier this week on Polar Bear's appearances on the BBC, we are delighted to confirm that Polar Bear will be performing on The Review Show tomorrow night, Friday April 9. The line up has been whittled down to band leader Seb Rochford and tenor sax player Pete Wareham and they will perform an improvised piece at the end of the show which runs from 11-11.45pm on BBC 2. Find out more here.

Polar Bear Announce Autumn UK Tour And Appear On Later Tonight
Published 16 April 2010 by BWL

Sebastian Rochford's Polar Bear are on tonight's opening programme of BBC 2's Later... with Jools Holland. This is very exciting for us, not least because it is the first appearance of one of artists on the show, and appropriately in our 15th year (Leaf XV). The programme runs from 11.45pm tonight and will be available on BBC's iPlayer for those who will be tucked in by that point. More info here.

As a warm up to this, you can listen to Polar Bear's live session on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show which runs from 7-9pm. Find out more here.

On a more unusual note, both Seb Rochford and Mark Lockheart from Polar Bear have been nominated for Jazz Musician Of The Year at the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The awards take place at the House of Commons next month when there may well be a new government in office! Read more here.

The London based jazz band have just announced an appearance at this year's Great Escape festival in Brighton and a UK tour this autumn. All the dates are below:

Friday 23 April Ether, Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, LONDON (free show - 5.30pm)
Monday 26 Apr 2010 Jazz Club, Katowice, POLAND
Sunday 2 May Camden Crawl, LONDON
Monday 3 May Cheltenham Jazz Festival, CHELTENHAM (6pm)
Thursday 13 May Rescue Rooms, NOTTINGHAM
Friday 14 May Great Escape, Komedia (upstairs), BRIGHTON (10pm)
Monday 17 May Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
Thursday 20 May Hnita Jazz, Heist-op-den-Berg, BELGIUM
Friday 21 May Recyclart, Brussels, BELGIUM
Saturday 22 May LVC, Leiden, NETHERLANDS
Sunday 30 May Assembly Rooms, DERBY
Monday 21 June Glasgow Jazz Festival, GLASGOW
Saturday 3 July Mostly Jazz Festival, BIRMINGHAM
Sunday 29 August Aeon Festival, DEVON
Saturday 18 September Richmond Jazz Festival, RICHMOND (N. Yorks)
Thursday 30 September The Wardrobe, LEEDS
Friday 1 October Band On The Wall, MANCHESTER
Saturday 2 October Colston Hall, BRISTOL
Saturday 9 October E.M. Forster Theatre, TONBRIDGE
Sunday 10 October Warwick Arts Centre, COVENTRY
Friday 15 October Norwich Art Centre, NORWICH
Saturday 16 October Kazimier, LIVERPOOL
Sunday 17 October The Tunnels, ABERDEEN
Monday 18 October The Voodoo Rooms, EDINBURGH
Tuesday 19 October Town Hall Crypt, MIDDLESBROUGH
Wednesday 20 October The Duchess, YORK

Check out Polar Bear's brand new website and follow the band on twitter at the following links:

Wildbirds & Peacedrums with Voices Tour Trailer
Published 27 April 2010 by BWL

Wildbirds & Peacedrums return in May with a very special European tour and Retina, the first of two vinyl only EPs. The Gothenburg-based duo will be accompanied by a handpicked 12-strong Swedish choir on the cluster of dates, which begins at the Pavement-curated ATP on Friday 14 May.

The release date for Retina has been put back to May 24 due to production problems, but it will be worth the wait - the 5-track EP will be pressed on white vinyl and housed in a stunning black and silver sleeve. We are confident that the band will have copies of the EP to sell at the shows, and we will make them available to purchase through our shop as soon as we can.

Here's a short taster of what to expect from the upcoming shows and EP, compiled from live footage from the recording in Iceland this January:

And youtube.

We are offering a free download of 'Fight For Me' from Retina to subscribers to the Leaf mailing list. Find out more by signing up or logging in here:

You can also hear 'Fight For Me' on the band's myspace:

The second EP, Iris, will follow on June 21, and both EPs will be compiled as an album, entitled Rivers, to be released on August 23 on CD and download.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Voices:
Friday 14 May - ATP Festival, Minehead, UK
Saturday 15 May - Bishopsgate Institute, London, UK (with Choir Of Young Believers)
Sunday 16 May - Café De La Danse, Paris, France
Monday 17 May - Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland
Wednesday 19 May - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
Thursday 20 May - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Friday 21 May - Blå, Oslo, Norway
Saturday 22 May - Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden
Sunday 23 May - Pusterviksteatern, Gothenburg, Sweden

Oh No Ono EP, European Tour, Video Game And Bear In Heaven Remix
Published 28 April 2010 by BWL

Oh No Ono are in the London this weekend for two shows in Camden, one at the Proud Gallery on Saturday and the other as part of The Camden Crawl on Sunday. A European tour follows later in the month, with all the dates below.

The Danish quartet released Eggs in February to widespread acclaim, and the 'Internet Warrior' EP is released on May 17 as a download (with a limited vinyl remix EP to follow). The single includes remixes by Caribou, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Shlohmo, Zambri and The Depreciation Guild (members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart).

To mark the release, Oh No Ono have created a space invaders-style video game which you can find on their website.

Meanwhile, the band have remixed a track by Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven which was previewed by Pitchfork earlier this week.

Oh No Ono live:

Fri 30 Apr - Train, Aarhus, DENMARK
Sat 1 May - Proud Camden, London, UK
Sun 2 May - Camden Crawl, London, UK
Fri 14 May - Handelsbeurs, Gent, BELGIUM
Sat 15 May - La Fleche D'Or, Paris, FRANCE
Mon 17 May - The Luminaire, London, UK
Wed 19 May - Liverpool Sound City, The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
Thu 20 May - Art Rock Festival, St Brieuc, FRANCE
Sat 22 May - Prinzenbar, Hamburg, GERMANY
Sun 23 May - **NEW VENUE** Comet Club, Berlin, GERMANY
Mon 24 May - Studio 672, Cologne, GERMANY
Tue 25 May - Nachtleben, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Wed 26 May - 59:1, Munich, GERMANY
Thu 27 May - Salumeria della Musica, Milan, ITALY
Fri 28 May - Bronson, Ravenna, ITALY
Sat 29 May - Seewiesen Festival , Kleinreifling, AUSTRIA
Sun 30 May - 007, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Fri 23 Jul - Tivoli Friheden, Aarhus, DENMARK

Nancy Elizabeth On 'Kept Impulses' UK Tour With James Blackshaw & Hauschka
Published 29 April 2010 by BWL

Nancy Elizabeth begins her collaborative tour in May with 12-string guitarist James Blackshaw and prepared piano player Hauschka. Under the banner 'Kept Impulses', the dates begin with a prestigious show at the Barbican in London on May 10.

The three artists will be on stage together throughout, first performing on each other's songs in intimate musical conversation, before being joined by a chamber orchestra (directed by David Coulter and featuring multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bloch and harpist Julia Thornton) to play specially-commissioned arrangements of their material. This is a unique opportunity to hear three great individualists creating beautifully-matched music from the common ground that they share in modern folk, contemporary composition and bewitching song.

Here are the Kept Impulses dates plus a show in Malta and an appearance at the Big Session festival in June:
Mon 10 May - Kept Impulses, Barbican, London, UK
Wed 12 May - Kept Impulses, The Junction, Cambridge, UK
Thu 13 May - Kept Impulses, St George's, Bristol, UK
Fri 14 May - Kept Impulses, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK
Sat 15 May - Kept Impulses, Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK
Sun 16 May - Kept Impulses, The Roxy, Edinburgh, UK
Wed 9 Jun - MITP Theatre, Valletta, MALTA
Sat 19 Jun - Big Session, Leicester, UK


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