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PELbO: Live at the London Jazz Festival

Report on performance by Norwegian trio at the London’s Kings Place

Vocalist Ine Kristine Hoem and tubist Kristoffer Lo from PELbO in performance at 2011 London Jazz Festival

When John Cumming, one of the directors of the London Jazz Festival, talks about using innovative programming to appeal to younger and broader audiences, one would tend to think he’s only referring to new jazz artists. But as one of Saturday night’s concerts showed, his vision spans much further than that.

As the festival neared its finish this weekend, the Norwegian trio PELbO ended their own five-week tour – their first in the UK – with a performance at London’s Kings Place. Not to be fazed by unfamiliar territory, the young group put together a thrilling set that was a testament to both Cumming’s keen eye for diverse talent and their own fresh approach to electro-tinged pop and contemporary improvisation.

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