Corey Mwamba

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Mwamba & Robinson

Orphy is an all-rounder in every sense, as a person and musician. We generally load up Orphy's van with as much as we can, place everything on stage and play it all, building up loops and improvising. It's joyous and dark.

photo by Patrick Hadfield

Press quotes

Corey Mwamba and Orphy Robinson[...] was a great bit of pairing[...] as vibes players, they have very contrasting styles.

Looped rhythmic phrases that both players created on the fly provided a subterranean jungle and a sound world over which both could improvise. It was a magical experience to see these two work together Oxford Times, April 2008

[...]a fascinating duo between vibes man Orphy Robinson and his all-instruments protege Corey Mwamba that used electronics and laptops to adventurous effect[...] Jazz Journal International Vol. 59, 2006

This is a duet with the range of a dozen musicians [...] While the array of "little instruments" on stage evokes the heyday of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, the hypnotic, Afro-Asian quality of much of the music boldly upholds the spirit of Don Cherry and occasionally that of Yusef Lateef. [...]the set unfolds as several lengthy movements whose evolution never stops intriguingly twisting through wiry pentatonic rhythms and blues-inflected melodic statements. Jazzwise, October 2006