Celloman are a genre-defying band having released four albums and three EP’s under the label ‘unclassifiable’.
The band has gained a fine reputation for both their albums and Live shows with a sound that has proven to be quite unique. A blend of Middle Eastern and African rhythms, Eastern and Western classically inspired melodies, hypnotic harmonies and driving funky Bass & Drums.
Cellist, Ivan Hussey, began working as a session player at age 17 and has since played on over 200 albums by artists such as Mick Jagger, Soul II Soul, Incognito, Jay Z, The Lighthouse Family, Da Lata, The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Duran Duran, Gabrielle, Natacha Atlas, Smoke City, Shaun Escoffrey, Third World and on the new Annie Lennox album, ‘Nostalgia’.
The Celloman band has performed extensively around the UK at both venues and festivals, including four years of performances at Glastonbury. They have performed in Serbia, Zanzibar, Holland, Spain and Abu Dhabi. In 2009, Ivan was invited to perform a solo show at the International Cello Festival in Belgrade and was also a guest cellist at the ‘Beyond Cello’ Festival in London in 2014.
Having spent the last few years working as a composer, releasing two acoustic albums under his own name, this will be a rare outing for the electric band.
Whatever you thought about the cello previously, put that aside…. And don’t forget your dancing shoes!
‘… but the star is Hussey’s Cello, proof that the instrument can be surprising, sensuous and funky – all at the same time.’ – The Observer
“His 80-minute set blended jazz, world and classical musics in a strikingly natural way…Celloman is Champ”. – Evening standard
“We hear a sort of tumbling autumnal Afro-Arabic electro-pop which broods and moves quite unlike any other.” – Songlines