The Comet Is Coming | Umbria Jazz

The Comet Is Coming

The Comet is Coming is the result of the collaboration of Shabaka Hutchings (King Shabaka), a London-based saxophonist – he was raised in his parents’ native Barbados -, keyboardist Dan Leavers (Danalogue), and drummer Max Hallett (Betamax). The group’s name comes from a BBC Radiophonic Workshop piece of the same name, with cosmic suggestions of […]
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The Comet is Coming is the result of the collaboration of Shabaka Hutchings (King Shabaka), a London-based saxophonist – he was raised in his parents’ native Barbados -, keyboardist Dan Leavers (Danalogue), and drummer Max Hallett (Betamax). The group’s name comes from a BBC Radiophonic Workshop piece of the same name, with cosmic suggestions of literature and sci-fi.

With cosmic-jazz pioneers Sun Ra and his Arkestra as myths, this original band of sound explorers in the seething cauldron of the contemporary London scene performs an explosive fusion of nu jazz, psychedelic rock, electronica, funk, and afrobeat. Artists such as Alice Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix can be found in their music background. They describe their sound as “apocalyptic space funk.” A visionary and spiritual new thing.

The band formed in 2013 and debuted two years later. The first album was nominated for the Mercury Prize. In 2018, the band signed with Impulse! and made two more records.

The concert is also the chance to turn the spotlight on British jazz, which has been building a solid and original identity in recent years. Caribbean, African, and Oriental influences – a multi-ethnic metropolis like London is rich in these cultural elements – merge into this jazz music. Adding to this, genres such as psychedelia, funk, post rock, electronica, and more: here’s an explosive combination of sounds that works as a soundtrack to a musically lively and innovative London.

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  • Doors | 7pm
  • Restaurant stage | 7:30pm
  • Main stage | 9pm