British Library unveils second Season of Sound

british library season of sound

St Etienne, KPM All Stars and Trojan Sound System are among those slated for the British Library’s second Season of Sound.

The programme was first launched in 2016 to support the library’s Save our Sounds initiative, which is working to address the deterioration of the nation’s archive of rare and fragile recordings.

Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs will come together for St Etienne’s only live show of 2018 on 13 October. They will perform their album Good Humor in its entirety to celebrate its 20th anniversary, alongside some classic hits.

On 6 October, KPM composers Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, Brian Bennett, John Cameron, Alan Parker will bring their big band together for a night celebrating library music.

There will also be a premiere screening of Shawn Lee’s The Library Music Film, a feature length documentary with all the library music luminaries, plus a talk with some famous fans and the musicians themselves.

At Late at the Library session on 12 October will bring a classic reggae party to the central London venue to celebrate Trojan Records’ 50th birthday.

The night will showcase the best in roots, dub, ska, lovers rock and rocksteady, featuring some of London’s best sound system vocalists and special guests, supported by female collective Sisters of Reggae.

Elsewhere, composer and musician Jason Moran will speak on the practice of writing and performing forgotten black histories through jazz.

The talk, which takes place on 26 October, includes live performances of selections from his work, including latest project James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin on WWI African American military jazz band, the Harlem Hellfighters.

Click here for the full programme, which runs from September to December 2018.

The British Library Sound Archive is a collection of over 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day.