THE EZRA COLLECTIVE
with Beya Likhari
Songbyrd and LiveNation Present
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
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Songbyrd and LiveNation Present
Sunday March 10, 2019
Synergy in motion, London five-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst simultaneously carving a path solely their own. Ezra Collective marry the delicate technicalities of jazz musicianship with afrobeat and hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London.
Their live show is one of dynamic union; the strength of their partnership shines in performances that are commanding yet sensitive, soulful and pertinently groove-laced. Following a joyous and stunningly cohesive show in May 2016, Boiler Room rightly labelled the group as “pioneering the new-wave of U.K. jazz”.
As the genre enjoys a new lease of life that is gaining momentum across the country, Ezra Collective are adding their own fresh and imaginative face to a style that continues to be “as entertaining as it is educational” (Trench). In a year that saw them sell out legendary London Venue Ronnie Scott’s not once but twice, 2017 also bought with it the release of their genre-bending second EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher. After Ezra Collective took the EP on a successful tour across the U.K and Europe and completely sold out of the vinyl, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher went on to win the accolade of Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Worldwide Awards in January 2018. The band were also recently winners of the 2018 Jazz FM Awards for “Best UK Jazz Act” and “Live Experience of the Year”, and have their debut album scheduled for Spring 2019.
Ezra Collective is:
Femi Koleoso - Drums
TJ Koleoso - Bass
Joe Armon Jones - Keys
Dylan Jones - Trumpet
James Mollison - Saxophone
Baltimore based singer/songwriter Beya Likhari has been a growing presence in the music scene for two years, and with several vocal-led pieces, she has made a name for herself as Baltimore’s emerging gem.
Drawing influence from her South Asian roots of Bollywood and Punjabi music, Beya’s mesmerizing voice has an affinity towards hip-hop and R&B production that brings out her uniquely soulful melodies and delicate lyricism.
She has released a total of three EP’s: Amplifiers & Vampires, A Drop of Etherand most notably, Love Letters from Lola along with a handful of colorful singles that have gained her significant love from the likes of Saint Heron, BBC Radio 1Xtra, London’s Future Beats Radio, Elle UK and V Magazine.
Beya has served as the opening act for Michael Blume, Eryn Allen Kane and OVO Sound's,Majid Jordanduring their respective visits to Baltimore and/or D.C during their North American Tours. She has also supported Chicago poet/rapper Noname, SYD from the Internet and Kari Faux in Baltimore, as well as world-renowned poetess, writer and illustrator, rupi kaur in Toronto and Vancouver.
Beya has been featured in Soulection’s 6 Year Compilation—Promise Once More, featuring Baltimore’s J.Robb and Milwaukee rapper, IshDARR. Most recently, she has paired up with Bay Area producer, singer, and violinist Raaginder on a track titledStormy Weather off of his debut EP, Escape.