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GoGo Penguin

OCT 10–11 | GOGO PENGUIN

Oct 11
Miner Auditorium
FriOct 11

Dance Floor Show

7:30 PM

$25 | $35 | $55

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Please note: Dance floor is General Admission standing room only. If you would prefer seats, please select a different level for this show.

The piano trio has been one of the most durable, beloved, and flexible formats in jazz history, evoking illustrious names like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Manchester-based GoGo Penguin turns this most venerable jazz construct on its ear, infusing direct influences from contemporary electronic music and modern classical concepts into their singular ensemble approach that has earned well-deserved raves from all corners of the music world, “a group that lives comfortably beyond artistic restraints” (Pitchfork).

Indeed, the band recently played dates accompanying screenings of filmmaker Godfrey Reggio’s landmark 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi, replacing the iconic Philip Glass soundtrack with their own score. The band’s hypnotic, swirling grooves are acoustic adaptations of pieces composed with sequencing software, and rely as much on additive development and dynamic contrasts as improvisation, with pianist Chris Illingsworth’s powerful melodic statements anchored by Nick Blacka’s thunderous bass and the skittering break-beat rhythms of drummer Rob Turner. The strength of their first two independent albums and magnetic live performances led to inclusion on Rolling Stone’s list of 20 Great New British Artists To Watch, as well as a deal with Blue Note Records, who released their 2016 breakout, Man Made Object, and last year’s sublime A Humdrum Star. Pushing the jazz trio form in unprecedented new directions, GoGo Penguin truly sounds like nothing else on Earth.

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The band’s hypnotic, swirling grooves are acoustic adaptations of pieces composed with sequencing software, and rely as much on additive development and dynamic contrasts as improvisation.

GoGo Penguin defies genre, pulling together influences from trip-hop, classical, jazz and more.

The Wall Street Journal

GoGo Penguin defies genre, pulling together influences from trip-hop, classical, jazz and more.

The Wall Street Journal

Personnel

Chris Illingsworth piano
Nick Blacka bass
Rob Turner drums

It’s a piano-driven blend with all the traditional aspects you’d expect from the genre while still scanning as something refreshingly vibrant and contemporary.

Pitchfork

Personnel

Chris Illingsworth piano
Nick Blacka bass
Rob Turner drums

It’s a piano-driven blend with all the traditional aspects you’d expect from the genre while still scanning as something refreshingly vibrant and contemporary.

Pitchfork

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