Lockdown Live Lounge: Natalie Duncan & Jas Kayser
Written by katehazeldine on 29th June 2020
Lockdown Live Lounge returns with two more concerts from one home to another! We may still be (2 metres) apart, but now more than ever we need to connect with our online communities to bring us together. We hope to do just that this week, with some more fresh talent from around the globe.
Lockdown Live Lounge invites our favourite artists, local and afar, to live-stream a mini gig from their homes. Every Monday and Thursday at 2pm give your ears and eyes a little hug from the freshest talent across the UK. An intimate experience direct from living room to living room, we invite you to sink into our ‘Lockdown Live Lounge’, but from the comfort of your own home. You don’t even have to get dressed to go out!
This week, we’re delighted to welcome Nottingham-born neo-soul pianist, vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan into our homes. Formerly signed to Verve Records, Duncan’s musical career has spanned many years. She has performed her own music across London venues, as well as working as a vocalist on iconic DJ Goldie’s live shows with the Heritage Orchestra since 2012, as well as collaborating with him on his own albums.
Duncan has just announced her forthcoming album ‘Free’, a heady mix of neo-soul, R&B and jazz, with the first single ‘Sirens‘ out now. ‘Free’ marks the first release on Goldie’s brand new label ‘Fallen Tree 1Hundred’. The 12-track record collectively explores a second phase of ‘coming of age’ – fearlessly leaving behind a life that could be seen as the easy option and pursuing one that fulfils your soul, regardless of the struggles it may bring up. Duncan cites Robert Glasper, Solange and Frank Ocean as huge influences for this album.
Thursday will see the incredible drummer, composer and band leader, Jas Kayser, take to her drum-kit! Currently based between London and Panama City, 24-year old Jas is a Paiste Cymbals and Natal Drums artist from the UK, previously based in Boston and New York.
Jas completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at Berklee College of Music whilst studying and playing alongside mentors such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, Ralph Peterson and Neal Smith. During this time Jas began to explore the common grounds between Jazz and Afro-beat which led to her creating her original sound and compositions.
Jas’s more recent projects have been presenting her original band at some of the top jazz venues for the London Jazz Festival 2019, RISE concert in Boston supporting Terri Lyne Carrington and Panama Jazz Festival for the past 2 years. She was featured in Lenny Kravitz’ Official music video single ‘Low’, has played for Jorja Smith at Union Chapel in London, as well as playing alongside UK Jazz Artists Nubya Garcia and Ashley Henry around London and Europe. We’re beyond excited to watch and hear her bring the heat.
Join us on our Facebook page for Natalie Duncan on Monday 29th June, 2pm and for Jas Kayser on Thursday 2nd July, 2pm.