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EXTREMELY TIGHT IRREGULAR STRUCTURES AND EXTENSIVE FREE IMPROVISING

The new Spinifex album Hipsters Gone Ballistic (Trytone Records, december 2013) has been receiving fantastic reviews!

Eyal Hareuveni, allaboutjazz, february 2014:”… contrasting extremely tight, irregular structures and rhythms with explosive free improvisations and disciplined math- metal precision with playful Indian Karnatic rhythmic elements. All selections are played with sheer abandon and joyful passion, from the first second to the last one. All compositions feature restless shifts and complex dynamics as well as the highly collaborative and versatile interplay of this well-rehearsed quintet… the most impressive piece is an inspired, uplifting cover of Karnatic composer and singer Papanasam Sivan, ‘Sre Valli Devasenapathe, that sounds like a spin on their fellow countrymen The Ex’s Ethiopian covers. No doubt, the hipsters went on a wild ride.”

Krzysztof Wójcik, Jazzarium, october 2013: “… the most appropriate description would be ‘controlled eruption of energy’ … the music balancing between jazz finesse and no wave guitar noise, characterized by perfect timing and continuous changes of rhythm, leading the listener’s expections astray and infecting it with intelligent lightness by juggling a wide range of forms and styles. It was really worth it to be there. The concert was juist damn good.”

Helen Moors, moorsmagazine january 2014: ” Spinifex and their new album Hipsters Gone Ballistic guarantees an unprecedented adrenaline rush … they go right at it with crackling energy, unexpected turns, super tight arrangements and, within those, strangely free improvisations which constantly keep the listener in suspense … fantastic!”

Jan Willem Broek in Caleidoscoop, december 2013: “There is no telling what will happen and that makes the music so attractive. The energy is almost tangible and it’s bursting with the joy of performing … simply sensational!”

Herman te Loo in Jazzflits, december 2013: “The most striking characteristic is the pounding staccato rhythm … you might blame the band for a lack of subtleness, but that’s definitely not the case. The dynamic spectrum of Spinifex is big, and so is their bag of musical ideas. Sometimes it seems as if all the instrumental lines of the larger Spinifex Orchestra have been pressed into this quintet.”

Zdeněk Slabý in His Voice, december 2013: “Dangerously adventurous compositional structures with a due share of improvisation”

It is available at TryTone and CDBaby and i-Tunes
We presented the at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam on 23 january 2014.
Here’s a Sneak Preview:

Spinifex has started an exciting new project: BOLLYCORE, a project featuring Priya Purushothaman, one of India’s most talented young vocalists, and virtuoso dancer Maya Sapera. We toured India in february 2014:
16 february iSAi Festival, Chennai
21 february High Spirits, Pune
22 february (7pm) Goethe Institut, Bangalore
22 february (10pm) Counterculture, Bangalore

and still booking for the tour in Europe april – september 2014:
16 april MOOOV Festival, De Werf, Brugge (BE)
1 may Mediawave, Komarom (HU)
24 september, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
26 september, De Doelen, Rotterdam
28 september, Kerk Ruigoord

funding: Fonds Podiumkunsten, VSB Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds



Spinifex BOLLYCORE feat. Priya Purushotaman and Maya Sapera




Spinifex toured in Portugal in the beginning of july 2013, during the peak of a heatwave …
here is an impression:

In february 2013, Spinifex was on tour in India. Here is a little movie which gives an impression …