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Latest reviews SWP 052 'The Sharp Wood Years'

Sun Feb 18th 2018 Slagwerkkrant 2018 (NL): "Michael Baird is een onstuitbare slagwerker. Niet alleen qua spel, maar ook qua ondernemingslust. Zijn eigen label SWP heeft tientallen albums uitgegeven, met muziek die bewaard moet blijven. Nu komt hij met een compilatie van de muziek die hij zelf maakte met Sharp Wood.....drie platen maakte hij tussen 1986 en 1993.....nu geremastered.....het waren pioniers van de geïmproviseerde wereld percussie. Je kunt je altijd afvragen of teruggrijpen zo zinvol is, maar mooi dat het beste van de toch legendarische form...

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New release 'The Sharp Wood Years'

Fri Oct 13th 2017 SWP 052 Release on November 18th 2017. A compilation on cd of the three albums by the group Sharp Wood, tracks wonderfully remastered by Zlaya Hadzic. “Is it Jazz? Is it Voodoo? It doesn’t really matter, as Sharp Wood’s music is world-music, that is understood everywhere.” Finally Michael Baird knew what he was playing with his group: he was playing Voodoo-Jazz! From the outset, Sharp Wood concerts had a ritualistic character, driven by exorcistic drumming. 1984 to 1994, from duo to trio to quartet, ten Sharp Wood years...

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Recording field trip to Zambia 2016

Thu Jun 29th 2017 Recording music of the Chikunda, Nsenga, Mbunda, and Lozi peoples Michael Baird went to Zambia in October through to December 2016 and recorded music of the Chikunda people in the Luangwa district of Lusaka Province near Mozambique – their music has never been recorded before. Also music by the Nsenga people further north in Lusaka Province in the Kantondwe district. And of the Mbunda and Lozi peoples in the Mongu and Kalabo districts of Western Province. The hours of recordings are being mixed right now! (= June 2017). Watch this space...... &nb...

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