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Bedouin Jerry Can Band

11 Sep

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This summer my photography work took me to the Larmer Tree Festival in Dorset, England where the Bedouin Jerry Can Band (BJB) were playing. Being interested in music from other cultures I had long known about this band but knew little about them or their connection to coffee. When I read the following in the festival programme I knew I had to check them out: The BJB are a collective of semi-nomadic musicians, poets, storytellers, and coffee grinders. There is also an olfactory dimension to their act as a coffee grinder brews and serves coffee for the audience . . . Even though their ‘coffee grinder’ really only went throught the motions, bringing out ready made filtered coffee from backstage, their performance was true to the grand tradition of the starbarista: engaging and entertaining an audience while making coffee. (If you are not seeing the photos click here for the full post.)

First he roasted the coffee . . .

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Then he ground the coffee . . .
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He then returned the ground coffee to the pan to either roast it again (surely not) or to brew the coffee . . .

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Then out came the coffee pot which promptly went back stage. . .

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Then seconds later out came a tray of BJB branded styrofoam cups (please guys have some paper ones printed up) full of what seemed like a very light roast filtered coffee . . .

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. . . which was enjoyed by all . . .

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After their performance I spotted them and asked if they wouldn’t mind posing for a group photo . . .

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Here a few close ups of band members . . .
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Larmer Tree Festival

3 Aug


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I love living in England. One of the reasons is the vibrant and diverse music scene here. For me part of that music scene is the Larmer Tree Festival that takes place every year in Dorset. This summer I was back again and had another amazing time seeing friends I made last year and hearing some great music from amazing bands and DJs from across the globe. Some of the acts that graced the festival’s three stages (and two nightclubs) this summer included the Bedouin Jerry Can Band from Egypt, Kora from New Zealand, Tinariwen from Mali, Orchestra Baobab from Senegal and DJ Derek from Bristol. Another great thing about this festival is that there’s something to do for everyone at this festival. There are all sorts of workshops and activities like salsa dancing, circus skills, and drumming. The photos you see above (click here if you don’t see them) are from fancy dress Saturday when many people get dressed up in costumes. Check out my Larmer Tree 2008 website to see the images I took this year.

St. Basils Podcast

26 Jun

A few months ago I went up to Birmingham, England, to shoot stills to illustrate a podcast about the charity St. Basils. St. Basils works with young people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Anyway – have a look at the podcast that was produced by Audio for the Web.