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Manchester piano trio GoGo Penguin are hotly tipped as the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, GoGo Penguin are an exhilarating live act, drawing on a heady brew of influences from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST.

Their debut album Fanfares (on Manchester's Gondwana Records) has won rave reviews from the Guardian to BBC Music, support from the likes of Mike Chadwick and Gilles Peterson and was nominated for best jazz album at the World Wide Awards. It is the band’s unique ability to synthesise and develop each others melodic and harmonic ideas while drawing on music from classical to electronica that makes GoGo Penguin’s music so enthralling and their debut album such a bold opening salvo from a powerful new voice in UK music.

Awards

Nominated for Jazz Album Of The Year @ Worldwide Awards 2013
”On this showing, GoGo Penguin seem destined for great things” BBC Music

“Harmonically ambitious music that’s both immediately exciting and cerebrally led.” Mercury Music Prize

“A beautiful mixture of cyclical piano sounds and motifs with great grooves” Jamie Cullum (on 'Fanfares') BBC Radio 2

“Adventurous, accessible and melodic, further evidence of a burgeoning northern jazz scene” The Times

  • v2.0

    Gondwana Records
    2014
  • GoGo Penguin: v2.0

    Gondwana Records
    2014
  • Fanfares

    Gondwana Records
    2012

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