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Ishmael Ensemble + DJ Pete Cunningham

  • Cobalt Studios CIC Cobalt Studios Newcastle Upon Tyne (map)

"Ishmael Ensemble are sometimes few, sometimes many, but always operate with the same questing spirit for innovation.
Essentially rooted in jazz, the project's outlook blends club culture, left field electronics, and much more into an unholy blend." Clash Magazine

“These guys just get better with every release” Gilles Peterson

Ishmael Ensemble come with a long list of recommendations from industry heavyweights Giles Peterson, Clash, Mary Anne Hobbs, The Wire, Mojo, The Guardian, Carl Cox …the list continues.

An ever changing collective of multi- instrumentalists keeps it dynamic and constantly invigorated. They play various styles of Jazz, stirring ambient invocations, club ready percussive workouts, spiralling grooves & hazy psychedelic electronica.

“These guys just get better with every release” Gilles Peterson

Making music that’s pitched somewhere between astral jazz, burbling electronica, trippy minimalism, psychedelic dub and 20 years of club culture’ The Guardian

Ensemble leader Pete Cunningham’s drives, diverse tastes, and deft ear are just as well on the decks, he has an expansive record collection and played out since the age of 14 at festivals and venues across Europe. Just as likely to draw for a rare psych record as he is an instrumental beat cut or slice of arresting house, his recent mixes for Vinyl Factory & self-tilted have shone light on this additional string in his bow. There are multiple sides of Pete Cunningham, but they all extend from the same deep-rooted love of music, and dedication to his craft.