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Gogo Penguin is a British instrumental trio that has been making waves in the contemporary jazz scene since their formation in Manchester in 2012. Comprising pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner, Gogo Penguin's unique blend of jazz, electronica, and classical music has garnered them critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base.

The trio first gained recognition with their debut album "Fanfares," released in 2012 under the Gondwana Records label. This album introduced their distinctive sound characterized by intricate compositions, complex rhythmic patterns, and a seamless integration of acoustic and electronic elements. Their music often incorporates elements of minimalism and post-rock, pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz and captivating listeners with its innovative approach.

Since their debut, Gogo Penguin has consistently delivered exceptional albums that have solidified their position as one of the most exciting acts in contemporary jazz. Their sophomore release, "v2.0" (2014), received widespread praise and was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize. This album showcased their growth as composers and performers, featuring tracks like "Hopopono" and "Kamaloka" that exemplify their ability to create mesmerizing sonic landscapes.

In 2016, Gogo Penguin released "Man Made Object," an album that further expanded their sonic palette by incorporating more electronic elements while maintaining their signature acoustic sound. Tracks like "All Res" and "Branches Break" demonstrate the trio's mastery of blending live instrumentation with electronic textures to create a truly immersive listening experience.

Gogo Penguin's artistic evolution continued with the release of "A Humdrum Star" in 2018. This album marked a departure from their previous works as it delved into more introspective themes inspired by political unrest and personal experiences. The track "Raven" showcases their ability to evoke emotions through delicate piano melodies juxtaposed with powerful drumming and basslines.

Upcoming Concerts

Dec. 5, 2023

La Cartonnerie
Reims - France

Dec. 6, 2023

6Mic - Salle Des Musiques Actuelles Du Pays D'Aix
Aix-en-Provence - France

Dec. 7, 2023

Salle Victoire 2
Saint-Jean-de-Védas - France

Dec. 9, 2023

Maison des Arts du Léman
Thonon-les-Bains - France

Dec. 10, 2023

Le Douze
Cergy - France

Dec. 12, 2023

Lieusaint - France

Dec. 13, 2023

Scène nationale "Les Gémeaux"
Sceaux - France

Dec. 13, 2023

Gémeaux (Sold Out)
Sceaux - France

Dec. 14, 2023

La Coopérative de Mai
Clermont-Ferrand - France

Dec. 15, 2023

Quai M
La Roche-sur-Yon - France

Dec. 16, 2023

Le Carré
Château-Gontier-sur-Mayenne - France

Jan. 26, 2024

Modern Sky Lab
Shanghai - China

Jan. 27, 2024

Tba Beijing
Beijing - China

Feb. 1, 2024

Club Quattro Nagoya
Nagoya - Japan

May 5, 2024

Jazz À Liège
Liège - Belgium

May 7, 2024

Le Bikini
Ramonville-Saint-Agne - France

May 9, 2024

Jazz Sous Les Pommiers 2024
Coutances - France

May 10, 2024

Project House
Leeds - United Kingdom

May 11, 2024

The Bradshaw Hall
Birmingham - United Kingdom

May 12, 2024

Wylam Brewery Tap
Newcastle upon Tyne - United Kingdom

May 13, 2024

Barras Art and Design
Glasgow - United Kingdom

May 18, 2024

Bristol Beacon
Bristol - United Kingdom


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