Vula Viel + Special Guests: Do Not Be Afraid Tour 2019

Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield

Thursday, 4 Apr 2019 – Friday, 5 Apr 2019

20:00 – 00:00

Jazz at the Lescar & PROLE JAZZ are supremely excited to present the incandescent Vula Viel on their ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ album tour, Thursday 4th April 2019 at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield

***ADVANCE TICKETS ARE NO LONGER ON SALE! We have tickets on the door! See you there!!***


Once again, Gyil player Bex Burch brings her unique energetic and intense vibe to Sheffield, this time with a return to Yellow Arch Studios, and a brilliant line up that features Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Andreya Triana, Rokia Traore, Bojan Z) on electric bass, and Jim Hart (Marius Neset, Julien Lourau, Ivo Neame, Ralph Alessi, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) on drums.

Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex lived, farmed and studied for three years. Vula Viel’s music is intensely rhythmic; a uniquely engaging mix of African, punk and minimalist influences, based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood), seemingly imbued with the music of Steve Reich, Bill Laswell and Arthur Russell, as well as jazz.

They’re touring with a new album ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ released in January, bringing with it an increasingly rough, post-punk edge in the music.

**** on Vula Viel ****

“Beautiful .. Dance to it, Make Love to it, Consume it, Listen to it, Stare at the Clouds to it.. That music deserves good reactions!” ~ Iggy Pop

"One of my discoveries for the London Jazz Festival.. Good is Good” ~ Gilles Peterson

"Funerals have never sounded so funky" ~ Songlines

“Like Portico Quartet on steroids” ~ Jazzwise

"Music at its most magical and exotic, world-groove of the highest calibre; it’s flawlessly clever without losing a single iota of wonderful feeling. I guarantee that you will not have heard anything quite like this before" ~ PROLE JAZZ


Support comes from legendary afrofunk jivesters Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace and futuro-jazz hepcats Beyond Albedo


Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace are probably the wildest & most celestial group of musical miscreants Sheffield has ever spawned. Their live show is immersive and full of zany sequinned energy: expect a lambent cocktail of Cosmic Afrobeat, Psychedelic Balkan, Space Shanties, Intergalactic Funk and Mutant Disco. Expect Wild Dancing & Joyous Abandon!

**** On Cosmic Triceratops ****

“Cosmic Triceratops are literally the sound of Hippiedom in 2018” ~ Pink Wafer

“(The band) create a wholesome and fruity sound that drives audiences into gravity-bending frenzies” ~ Alternative Fruit Zine

“I read about this gig in a history book so I travelled back in time to come see it, I had to fight some space ninjas on the way but it was worth it, 10/10 would time travel again” ~ Anonymous, Sexy Future Album Launch Party Book of Love



Beyond Albedo are a cerebral & improvisatory retro-futuristic synth-jazz 4 piece. This jazz/EDM quartet make original music that's exploratory and experimental, but also energetic and danceable feeling equally at home in clubs, concert halls, art galleries and pubs.

All members bring both traditional and genre pushing elements to the bands exciting sonic mix resulting in a sound that draws from the jazz tradition while pushing it in exciting new directions. This brand new group are helping signpost a way for how jazz can fuse in elements of electronic dance music to its ever evolving tradition and you can catch them here at one of their first ever gigs.


Yellow Arch Studios , 30-36 Burton Road , Sheffield