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The Cinematic Orchestra

  • Nov 10 - 11 , 2016
  • 440
  • 19:00
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‘Suave, electro jazz pioneers’ – BBC Music

‘Jason Swinscoe’s shape-shifting instrumental outfit demands close attention’ – The Guardian

'Tonight, we are treated to something entirely different - something original and pure in its artistic intention.' Clash

Following last years outstanding shows at both Eventim Apollo and London’s Roundhouse, which sold out in just 7 hours, it is with great excitement that Soundcrash can announce a one off, very special, two night residency at Eventim Apollo with The Cinematic Orchestra.

The musical outfit signed to Ninja Tune has wowwed audiences around the world with their unqiue brand of nu-jazz electronica, and are returning to London for two nights only in 2016. Over the past decade and more, TCO have toured in Germany, Japan, Italy and Portugal. They have also clocked up the music festival mileage appearing at, amongst others, Homelands and Essential (UK), Sonar (Spain), Celerico De Basto (Portugal), Cannes (France), Fuji Rock (Japan) and have headlined The Big Chill twice.

The aptly-named Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) were formed by J. Swinscoe back in 1999. At the time Jay was still an employee at Ninja Tune in South London, where he was responsible for export sales at the long-standing independent record label. Swinscoe arrived at London Bridge from Scotland via Yorkshire and Cardiff with a background playing bass and guitar in bands and DJing, as well as a head full of ideas and influences, such as his love of jazz bass players, rhythm sections and film soundtracks. So while he knocked out Mr. Scruff and Coldcut records to Spain and Scandinavia by day, he began putting together the first TCO album in his downtime.

Over the years, the membership of Cinematic Orchestra has gradually evolved. Alongside core members Swinscoe and Phil France is Tom Chant, a fixture at left of centre jazz gigs all over the world, saxophonist Chant is known as one of the UK’s top free jazz players. New members for the current incarnation of TCO are Nick Ramm - a pianist from London who has played with Matthew Herbert amongst many others – and Stuart McCallum, a guitarist from Manchester, whose subtle, six string antics have slightly changed the dynamics of TCO’s sound on their new record.

The mighty Cinematic Orchestra will play The Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November cementing their place as one of the most unique acts of a generation. 


  • Nov 10, 2016 - 07:00 PM
  • Nov 11, 2016 - 07:00 PM

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