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On the 3rd August New Deal of the Mind launched their latest project, the jeli sound archive. The launch took place at The Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, featuring live jazz from an exciting group of young British musicians, as well as an introduction to the project. The band played a set reflecting on the diversity of our British musical heritage, re-telling old stories in the form of British jazz standards, and some more instantly recognisable tunes by UK artists across genres, including a startling cover of Radiohead.
The Vortex, a quirky centre for contemporary Jazz in North London, was packed as the research team introduced the project and the musicians played their first set. All the jeli researchers from around the country made an appearance to launch the project and the NDotM team were there to cheer them on. The musicians, Samuel Evans (Bass), Toby Seed (Guitar), Mitch Jones (Piano), Fergus Ireland (Bass), George Bird (Drums), had reworked their favourite jazz pieces featuring piece by Jazz legends Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. The night was a raging success and the team even got a bit of sneaky filming done so watch this space and catch the night on film if you missed it or relive the night if you were there.
jeli sound archive is a new project that aims to celebrate Britain’s popular music heritage through oral story telling. The jeli sound archive will map the UK’s interlocking music scenes as far back as the 1950s, through interviews from those who were there as well as recovered film, photos, promotional posters, gig tickets and other ephemera.
jeli takes its name from the word for a traditional West African storyteller or poet who keeps a people’s history alive through stories and songs. jeli sound archive researchers across the country will document and digitise social history by making new audio and video recordings of stories and memories from musicians, photographers, venue owners, promoters, record labels and fans.
The archive will be a national oral repository, accessible online through an evolving high-quality multi-media website. The research focus will be to unearth new stories about musical scenes ranging from the widely familiar to ones that have been overlooked or underappreciated and to explore the diverse cultures and characters that inhabit them.
As well as being constantly updated by our team of researchers we invite you to contribute to the jeli sound archive and share your opinions, memories and interesting memorabilia you have collected and treasured. To catch up with the latest jeli interviews visit their blog and you can contribute by sending your memories to firstname.lastname@example.org.