Jim Ghedi is an experimental singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and poet coming straight out of the DIY scene in Sheffield, loved member of various Art collectives. He has recorded his debut album Satori which showcases his unique style and brings together more than twenty Sheffield musicians including members of Blood Sport, Screaming Maldini, The Purgatory Players and Oxo Foxo. The talented collective used a variety of instruments on Satori, including strings, brass, percussion, harp, sitar, Turkish saz and a battered old portable harmonium, which is all held together by the complex finger picked patterns of Ghedi’s acoustic guitar and the notes blown by his wild alto saxophone.
Exploring Free Jazz, Spoken word, experimental Acoustic/Folk and extreme creative self expression, Satori also charts a course through various world music influences, from the mesmeric Qawwali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to the pounding Afrobeat rhythms of Fela Kuti.
Ghedi’s style, described as ‘afro folk jazz’, has developed through his exploration of African and Eastern music, classical symphonies, avant-garde folk and jazz. He has previously released two EPs with double bassist Neal Heppleston, Archipelago and Of Abyssinia - both ambling, free-flowing jazz pieces.
The collective initially went into The Old Pig Farm studios with the intention of recording two singles. The idea of creating the album stemmed from the foundation of that recording.
Five months later the music was ready to be compiled, mixed and mastered.
The album has connected other various circles after its recording, including inspiring two artists to illustrate individual images taken from each track from the record, Live art installations for Sensoria festival and other live performances and also a remix project from various music producers in Sheffield.