Calibro 35 / Ennio Morricone Songbook / Church of Sound
St James the Great, London
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 – Friday, 23 Feb 2018
19:30 – 00:00
It never rains but it pours, and we’re back for the second time in month. On February 22nd, we will be collaborating for the first time with a new land - Italy. We are very, very lucky to be welcoming the exceptional Calibro 35 to St James the Great. In classic CoS style, they will be sharing two sets with us - the first, a deep dig into the Songbook of the inimitable Ennio Morricone. The second, a detailed & hectic display of their own material. With their shiny new album ‘Decade’ just released, February 22nd will be the first opportunity to hear this music in the U.K.
Calibro 35 are one of the finest things to emerge from the Italian scene in the last decade. Whilst early releases contained exclusively reworks of obscure Italian noir movies, over their decade long existence 35 have shifted into the realm of original songwriting, with their last 2 records containing only new elements. With tracks sampled by Dr Dre & Jay-Z, elements of cosmic jazz, afrobeat, modern jazz & even library music rub heads as part of the deeply individual sound of Calibro 35.
Now, if you don’t know who Ennio Morricone is, go switch your taste in film. Morricone’s best known work is certainly found in his collaborations with director Sergio Leone & actor Clint Eastwood - ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’, ‘A Fistful of Dollars’, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, the list goes on. However, his catalogue is truly vast, extending far beyond the relatively narrow constraints of the now iconic Spaghetti Western genre. Political films, thrillers, gritty cop flicks, gross out B-Movies: as comfortable composing for enormous choirs as he is for gunshots & theremins, nothing has eluded Morricone’s reach. It is this, the deeper, darker & quirkier side of Morricone’s work that 35 will be exploring on the night.
For the second time in a row, we are very lucky to welcome back the Ceviche Family. Friends of ours, they run a couple of lovely independent and much loved restaurants like Andina and Ceviche Old St. Not only that, they also run their own Peruvian music record label - Tiger’s Milk Records! We are lucky to have them running the food and presenting a specially created food for us all. Vegan, £5. You know the drill.
Raimund Wong absolutely ripping on the artwork once again! Can never thank the guy enough.
We’ll have our residents Born Cheating & Lexus Blondin spinning records to direct us through the night.
With all the love in the world, see you soon.
St James the Great , St James Clapton , London