Platonic Curry
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Platonic Curry

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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Don't Buy The Sun
Album released by Shelled On Records, December 2013



Built on an upbringing on jazz and classical music and many years of composing and arranging for a number of big bands, Ben Donnelly delivers his own individual take on jazz-funk. With flavourings of pop, soul, drum’n'bass, hip-hop, irish traditional and swing, Platonic Curry promises to be interesting and different, but unconceited and soulful.

Ben is heavily influenced by saxophonists Charlie Parker, Candy Dulfer, David Sanborn, Courtney Pine, and Michael Brecker, but there are compositional influences from all sorts of other sources, such as Duke Ellington, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Spyro Gyra, Weather Report, Zero 7, Groove Armada, classical composers from J.S. Bach to Sergei Rachmaninov, Irish musicians such as Altan and Michael McGoldrick, and a whole host of house, trance and drum'n'bass producers.

The main driving force behind Ben's music is to deliver a distillation of everything that has inspired him, in a form that is fresh, exciting and uplifting, but above all accessible. The aim is for people to be able to understand and enjoy the music instantly, whether or not they've listened to much jazz before.

Platonic Curry looks for that balance between the bland and the avant-garde, showing that music can be intellectually stimulating but still accessible, and it does not have to be pretentious to be original, nor must it be overly derivative to be appealing.

“The name ‘Platonic Curry’ came about a few years earlier from a conversation with singer Miss Baby Sol where she described someone or something as ‘Sexual Chocolate’. I always thought of myself less in-your-face and more savoury than sweet so Platonic Curry seemed an appropriate answer to describe myself.”

The phrase Platonic Curry describes Ben’s music equally well if one ignores the lack of Indian influences there. The music is intended to be modern, and interesting but accessible. It’s not boring, it’s worth making a bit of effort to get into, as it is new and different. But you don’t have to pretend to see any clothes on an emperor. There’s no pressure, no appearances to keep up, the point of the music is easy for all to understand. It’s platonic in that anyone can enjoy it in the company of anyone else. It’s curry because it’s definitely not bland or boring – it’s there to be enjoyed and some of it may well blow you away.