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TL alumni perform NPR Tiny Desk (home) concert

Thu 17 September 2020

Rising stars of the British jazz scene perform quarantine concert on River Thames

NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts are a series of stripped-down livestream performances in intimate settings from some of the biggest names in music.

Since 2008 the series has been recorded live at the desk of ‘All Songs Considered’ host Bob Boilen in Washington D.C. But, like the rest of us, Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future, inviting virtual audiences into the homes and living spaces of some of the world’s major musical talents.

This week TL alumni Nubya Garcia, Cassie Kinoshi, Joe Armon-Jones and Daniel Casimir join the roster of artists to grace NPR’s Tiny Desk, presenting three tracks from saxophonist Nubya’s debut album SOURCE.

Poetically, the concert was performed at the Lightship 95, a decommissioned floating lighthouse moored on the Thames where the album was originally recorded. Since its release in August, SOURCE has been met with rave reviews from Pitchfork, the Rolling Stone and NME.

According to NPR, Nubya “skilfully uses the entire range of her tenor saxophone… [and] projects rich and full melodic lines with refined solos that leave just enough space to take in the expressive sincerity of the music. There are no lyrics but her music conveys a message of staying grounded, being present in the moment and appreciating the comforts and feelings of what it means to be home.”

Watch the full set: