To celebrate the launch of their debut studio recording 'Abstract Playgrounds' on Earshift Music, I Hold The Lion's Paw will assemble at Hippo Co.
Fela Kuti meets Miles Davis, meets Karlheinz Stockhausen. Melbourne psychedelic jazz collective I Hold the Lion's Paw sounds familiar and, at the same time, like nothing else you’ve ever heard.
Led by trumpeter-composer Reuben Lewis, IHTLP features some of Melbourne’s most exciting musicians. The music is born out of an organic cross-over of afro-beat, jazz and outré electronics.Expect to hear as much as electro-acoustic noise, slowly evolving soundtracks, afro-beat inspired grooves and psychedelic free jazz.
"Abstract Playgrounds conjures its own unique rhythmic universe, spurred on by an unfettered belief in improvisation and group dynamics. It’s a high-wire act, made possible by the fact that IHTLP is awash with first-rank improvisers. As a unit, they have developed an in-built elasticity, a capacity for moving in any direction, together or separately at will, but always in service to the music." - Des Cowley, Australian Jazz.net
Reuben Lewis - trumpet + compositions
David Brown - electric bass
Ronny Ferella - drums