In this episode of Jazz South Spotlight, Kevin Le Gendre speaks to vocalist and songwriter Louise Victoria of Bristol-based quartet, We Are Leif.
Kevin and Louise chat about the impact of the pandemic and the struggles the musical community is going through, how the band has stayed creative through this difficult time, the rich musical community in Bristol and the importance of trying to stay connected. Plus, they discuss the thought-provoking lyrics and inspiration for We Are Leif's Jazz South commission, a trilogy of tracks, and a mantra for troubled times.
We Are Leif is: Louise Victoria – vocals; Mark Whitlam – drums & electronics; Dale Hambridge – piano & keyboards; Chris Jones – bass.
“Blending their improv Jazz chops with neo-soul and grown up R‘n’B, and then giving it a smoky, backstreet club vibe borrowed from Trip Hop and unmistakably Bristolian, We Are Leif have created something that is reassuringly familiar yet excitingly new”. Tap The Feed
Jazz South Spotlight is a new podcast series shining a light on outstanding jazz talent from the South of England. Over 6 episodes Kevin Le Gendre will be meeting six bands selected and commissioned by Jazz South to each write a new piece of music in 2020 as a reimagining of their original live performance programme.
To listen to We Are Leif's new music commission, Trinity, in full, visit: www.jazzsouth.org.uk/spotlightpodcasts.