‘It has soul, it has funk, it has feeling.’
– Urban Essence
Explorations of live instrumentation, band arrangement, electronic production, DJing and remix work, come together to form the singular sonic portfolio of Werkha, aka Tom A. Leah, a Mancunian in Glasgow, via rural Cumbria.
With a wide range of influences taking in transatlantic jazz and soul, diasporic West African percussion, trembling Chinese guzhengs, rolling Lancashire hillsides and vibrating urban tenements, his ideas percolate at such a frequency that Werkha is a subgenre of its own.
Forming a virtuoso band, fronted by regular collaborator Bryony Jarman-Pinto, alongside Matt Davies (kit), Alan Keary (bass), Dom Morris (FOH), we look forward to seeing Werkha’s kinetic energy translate to the live space of Studio 1 at Five Four Studios.