Burum (meaning 'yeast' in the Welsh language) create a heady brew of beautiful, melancholic melodies alongside fiery solos and some deep grooves.
Burum's repertoire is drawn from Welsh traditional music, adapted and re-imagined for a modern jazz sextet. The band's music fuses a deep respect for the original folk melodies themselves with the flexibility and dynamics of jazz improvisation - beautiful, melancholic melodies are performed alongside fiery solos and deep grooves.
Burum toured India in 2014 and 2015, playing in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Goa, Kolkata and Bangalore,
Burum have played at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, and at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, France, as well as the International Brecon Jazz Festival, Wales' premiere Jazz Festival.
Burum have released three CDs to date: Alawon: The Songs of Welsh Folk (2007), Caniadau (2012) [also available on OKListen] and in May 2016 Burum released their third CD entitled 'Llef' (The Cry). 'Llef' is a very well known Welsh hymn, but all the other melodies are based on Welsh folk tunes.
Burum includes some of Wales's most creative jazz and folk musicians: mixing these ingredients together creates the unique and extraordinary band sound that is Burum.
Reviews of Llef:
"terrific...Cardiff's answer to the Jazz Messengers" - JazzNow, BBC Radio3
"Amazing jazz...wonderful stuff" - Chris Philips, JazzFM
"utterly, utterly beautiful" - Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
"the band evince excellent group dynamics...[with] beautifully weighted passages of mellow swing, eliciting fine contributions all round" **** - Jazz Journal Magazine
"Compelling and remarkable, bewitching the listener with creative twists and imaginative improvised sections" - Musician Magazine
"the band's approach sounds as fresh and inventive as ever. The Welsh folk tradition seems to offer an unending supply of memorable melodies for the group to explore and 'Llef' is a worthy addition to the Burum catalogue, there are some great tunes here. Llef and its predecessors are highly recommended" **** - jazzmann.com
...a Welsh “supergroup”. Jazz/folk fusions don't always work but this succeeds brilliantly” - jazzmann.com
Burum are flexible in improvising and interpreting existing material, making it new, magical and extraordinary. The band is timeless, creative and a little bit different – Access All Areas Music
Modern in their sound but rooted in their style, the band gave the audience a night to remember. - The Deccan Herald, Bangalore Daily Newspaper