International Tribe: Ishmael Ensemble16.05.19
International Tribe is a weekly mix series hosted by Thris Tian.
This week’s International Tribe mix comes from Ishmael Ensemble.
With a sound that is deeply ingrained in jazz, Ishmael Ensemble combines the worldly timbres of brass, beats and a swirling blizzard of electronics, to create mesmerising and atmospheric soundscapes.
Multi-instrumentalist & producer Pete Cunningham a.k.a. Ishmael is the brainchild behind the project and the collective have quickly come to the light of influential tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and just about everyone else.
For his International Tribe selection, Pete Cunningham takes inspiration from his family. On the sleeve of Severn Songs 3, there’s a dedication to Sam & Gordon. The latter was Pete Cunningham’s Grandfather, who died in 2017 aged 94. During the Christmas period, Pete visited his Grandfather’s old home and dug into his vast and varied record collection, the outcome, an hour-long journey through sacred Indian ragas, early spiritual jazz and South African funk.