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Surma + LASERS

International artist Surma gives the rare opportunity for a taste of her upcoming debut album at Time Out award winning venue Karamel in Wood Green next month. The young multi-instrumentalist combines her guitar and bass hooks with an unusual mix of different electronic sounds via the help of loop pedals. The result is wonderful music somewhere between pop, jazz and ambient. Her beautifully fragile voice is at the very centre of her first single “Maasai”.

Appearing at some of the most important Portugese festivals and touring throughout Europe, this is a one of a kind chance to catch Surma on her UK tour for 2017 and definitely not one to miss.

Supporting Surma is LASERS.

LASERS picks on samples, synth lines and fragmented beats of dubstep, hip-hop and other styles, smoothing them down and sliding them into organic and bright electronic robes, with emotional melodies that might remind you of Flume, Gold Panda, Shigeto or even early Toro y Moi (yes, there are chillwave traces there). After 3 years of regular shows in The Netherlands and Portugal the Portuguese is taking on a new set of certainly exciting challenges London this year. 

Doors open 7pm, Music from 8pm.

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Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe

Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe have been one of the leading bands in the vibrant and exciting London salsa scene since they formed in 1996. Pioneering the worldwide “salsa con vibes” revival of the late 1990s, they were one of the first bands in Europe to favour the small combo salsa sound of 1960s/1970s bands like Joe Cuba Sextet/ New Swing Sextet/Pete Terrace Combo rather than that of the more common big brass-heavy salsa orchestras of the day.

Over the years, they have become one of the most popular and booked salsa bands in the UK and have been featured at many prestigious salsa congresses and jazz festivals .

Tickets are £12 OTD/£10 limited early bird tickets from www.karamel.london

Jazz at Karamel: Orquestra Mahatma

Sonia Slany, scrapy things (violin), Stuart Hall, twangy things (guitar), Alec Dankworth,
plucky things (bass), Paul Clarvis, tappy and bangy things (percussion)
An eclectic band which draws heavily on international music, including Spanish, French
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Latin American music as well as jazz influences.
“A little miracle of home grown British Jazz” – The Independent
“Stirring and stunning experiments in Jazz without frontiers” – The Sunday Times


Jazz at Karamel: Trogon

Nick Smart (leader, trumpet), Kishon Khan (piano), Chris Montague (guitar), Denny
“Jimmy” Martinez (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums), Javier Ginarte (percussion)
Named after the national bird of Cuba, Trogon makes full use of the cultural breadth of
London’s rich musical landscape. Led by trumpeter, Nick Smart, Head of Jazz at the Royal
Academy of Music, the group’s exciting mix of musical backgrounds is enriched by the
propulsive rhythmic traditions of Afro-Cuban music and the rich harmonies of
contemporary jazz. www.nicksmart.co.uk


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Jazz at Karamel: The Great Wee Band

Henry Lowther (trumpet), Jim Mullen (guitar), Dave Green(bass), Stu Butterfield, (drums)
In existence since 1999, the band has two CDs on Trio Records, both shortlisted for UK
Jazz Record of the Year. “A Quartet of formidable talents who mean everything they play.
A definite contender for record of the year” – Mark Gardner – Jazz Journal. “Played with all
the poise and unity of purpose that makes for perfect small band jazz. Only the very best
and most mature musicians can achieve this degree of simplicity, in which every nuance
counts” – Dave Gelly – The Observer

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zerOclassikal: Jesse Bannister – Raga Ahir Bhairav



South Asian Classical musicians are normally expected to perform ragas according to the mood they find themselves in. However, zerOclassikal had had a different approach – to commission artists to ready specific rags for performance.

The highly and uniquely talented saxophonist, Jesse Bannister takes on a contemporary view of Ahir Bhairav, which is a mixture of Bhairav and the ancient but now rare raga Ahir.

the zerOclassikal project, a partnership between zeroculture and Collage Arts, continues to offer a radical approach to south Asian classical music, aiming to provide British born and trained musicians the voice and platform to explore what their identity brings to the ‘ancient’ musical genre . The Project facilitates progressions, experiments and developments of the genre, featuring commissions of new ragas, new interpretations, compositions & improvisations.

The Karamel Lounge is proud once again to host the project with a once a month programme featuring artists willing to push the boundaries of south Asian classical music.