Ishmael Ensemble @ SXSW

Ishmael Ensemble @ SXSW

April 14, 2023 in Concert Reviews

by hierba malita

Ishmael Ensemble

Presented by Selector Radio (Jamz Supernova)

Seller's Underground - SXSW 2023

March 16: 10:00 pm - 10:40 pm CT

Ishmael Ensemble is an incredible U.K. Jazz group from Bristol. Originally a project of producer and saxophonist, Pete Cunningham, their work has evolved to continually blur the lines between jazz and electronic music. Their latest release is an EP with Rider Shafique, a dark production layered with deep poetic lines.

The first song I heard of them, I played on the radio. It was the Intro song to their 2021 Visions of Light album, which I consider to be completely and beautifully composed. Seeing these songs played live... was otherworldly. I simply had no choice but to close my eyes and let the music within me. A definite transcendental journey it was rhythmically contagious, movement like the ocean: deep and loud, and yet intimate, and vulnerable.

Performance Pix:


Luya Moreno

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