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Michael Janisch nominated for 2016 MOBO Award.

Friday, September 23, 2016

We have received the following press release;


MOBO Awards nominates
Michael Janisch for Best Jazz Act 2016
for his latest album/band Paradigm Shift​

Michael Janisch has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music. His current cross-genre project as composer and bassist, Paradigm Shift – which ambitiously combines electro-acoustic, contemporary jazz, free improvisation, future-funk, multi metered groove, punk and electronica – has seen the release of the eponymous, far-reaching double album​ (October 2015)​. This world-class sextet line-up of Paul Booth (reeds), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Leonardo Genovese (keys), Colin Stranahan (drums) and Alex Bonney (electronics/effects)​ ​has ​perform​ed extensively across Europe ​since the release, g​arner​ing​ airplay on BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson Worldwide, JazzFM, BBC Radio 3, NPR and WDR Radio,​ and ​has led to considerable and effusive ​industry ​feedback:​

“Paradigm Shift is as exciting a jazz record as any from the last 10 years.” – ★★★★★ Jazz Journal

“A highlight of Janisch’s eventful career to date.” – ★★★★ JazzWise Magazine

“Sheer dynamism” – ★★★★ All About Jazz

“Wide ranging, creative and thrilling, a superb achievement.” – Jazz Views

“An electro-acoustic mix of dazzling improvisations,post-processed electronics, with unique and creative compositions.” – URB Magazine

“Exceptional” – Musik Reviews

“Surely this double album is one of the truly successful works in this year within this genre.” – Music an Sich

“Paradigm Shift, is a groove-centric ride in a souped-up engine. Its moving parts are clearly in all working order, shifting and flowing like they were built that way. The rhythm section of Janisch, drummer Colin Stranahan, and pianist Leo Genovese is outstanding.” – NextBop

“A stellar international sextet… catch them if you can.” – ★★★★ The Jazz Mann

“A wealth of imaginative, engaging jazz has been produced by bands that expertly bridge the styles of free-flowing acoustic jazz and electronic styles, but Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift must surely be one of the most accomplished.” – The Jazz Breakfast

“Paradigm Shift finished off the night with a tour de force display of instrumental firepower that ranks alongside any jazz gig I’ve been to in the past, and I’m including some very big names in that list.” – Mumble M


Congratulations to Michael on this well deserved nomination. Not only is the music of Paradigm Shift superb but Michael has done so much for British jazz over the last decade both through the Whirlwind record label and by his consistent encouragement of international musical co-operation. Well done, sir!

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