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Polar Bear + Tut Vu Vu + Lamplighter @ The Tunnels, 21st June

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interesting music promotions and The Tunnels present


Saturday 21st June 2008

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen AB10 1BF. Phone 01224 211121

Doors 8pm

Tickets 10+bf in advance / 10 on door / 16.50+bf combo ticket with Acoustic Ladyland gig

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642682 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk





Polar Bear are a post-jazz band led by drummer Seb Rochford (BBC Jazz Award Best Newcomer in 2004 and of Mercury Prize nominated Basquiat Strings, plus Acoustic Ladyland amongst numerous others) with Pete Wareham (tenor and baritone saxophone), Mark Lockheart (tenor saxophone), Tom Herbert (double bass) and Leafcutter John (mandolin and electronics). Sebs appearance (notably his large hair) and phenomenal technique and imagination have made him one of the most in-demand drummers of modern times in the London Jazz scene.

Signed to the Babel Label, Polar Bears first album Dim Lit was a small scale success. Their second record, Held on the Tips of Fingers merged elements of cool jazz, funk, dance music, free jazz, electronica and Drum and Bass and was, by comparison, a massive crossover hit, earning Polar Bear a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 - the success was all the more unusual for a largely instrumental album. The album was nominated for a BBC Jazz Award 2006 and was selected as one of "100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World" by Jazzwise magazine.

"Polar Bear blast out of the past, full of straight, cool school skills, and detonate the past, bursting with edgy, forward-looking lust." [Observer Music Monthly]

"[The album] explores a mix of trance-like, long-note music over eerie, hypnotic grooves, full-on electronics and free-improv, melancholic songs, punky thrashes and some of the best two-sax conversation to be heard on the current scene." [The Guardian]



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