Vula Viel

Bex Burch: gyil

Ruth Goller: bass

Jim Hart: drums

Bex Burch's Vula Viel is a group from London's incredible jazz+ scene, playing music based around the sound of the gyil, a wooden xylophone from West Africa, fused with elements of improvisation and minimal music. Following the acclaimed release of ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ then 'What's Not Enough About That' and a busy tour that took them from UK to Europe and back, including a stellar performance at WOMAD captured by BBC Radio 3, Vula Viel continue their sonic explorations around the gyil, the wooden xylophone of the Dagaare from Upper West Ghana, on their brand new live set. Supported by Gilles Peterson with one of the only BBC 6 Music live sessions of 2020 and Album of the week. Bex Burch (gyil), Ruth Goller (bass) and Jim Hart (drums) continue to forge their own unique fusions, stretch out the band’s sound, at times delicate and at others moving into raw post punk soundscapes, drawing from classical, minimalist and Dagaare Ghanaian influences. Bex was apprentice to Dagaare xylophonist Thomas Sekgura, formed influential band Vula Viel in 2015 who have performed live on BBC 6 Music for Gilles Peterson, Café OTO, Total Refreshment Centre, WOMAD, Moers Festival, Bezau Beatz, Willisau Jazz Festival and Music Meeting as Artist in Focus.

In September, Vula Viel will spend a week at Stanglerhof as artists in residency to further develop their music. At the concert they will present some of their new compositions as well as some renowned pieces.

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