Last ever Shadow Orchestra gig – Barfly, Camden

After filming and recording on the Warboat, I headed up to Camden to play the last ever Shadow Orchestra gig, before we are truly reborn as Talk In Colour.

We were on the bill with French electronica artist Yult, and jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall at the Barfly in Camden as part of the London Jazz Festival – a lineup that was supposed to be showcasing the “future of jazz”. I’m not entirely sure we fell into that category, but I did play some major 7th chords…

On the bill at the Barfly

Mary and Nick await the soundcheck:

Mary and Nick

Yult soundchecking with Tanya Auclair – I enjoyed his crunchy, squelchy beats:

Yult soundchecking

Overall, we played a blinder, though Chris’ laptop had a bit of a meltdown and we had to restart a couple of tracks (and ultimately completely bin our planned closer Radiophonic Freakout and just played Sweet as a Nut instead):

Shadow Orchestra at the Barfly

As with our last gig at the Queen of Hoxton, I played standing up and really enjoyed the freedom:

Kat - Shadow Orchestra

Although I couldn’t stay for his whole set as I was on the verge of collapsing from tiredness, I enjoyed what I heard of Matthew Halsall’s Remixed project. Live trumpet and drums with synths and samples made for a great mix, with more than a few nods to the likes of DJ Shadow:

Matthew Halsall

A great night, and a fitting end to an era. The Shadow Orchestra is dead – long live Talk In Colour!

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