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Notes About Now

Contemporary at Kings Place

Notes about Now features new songs commissioned by London Sinfonietta from composers setting texts created by poets in special projects curated by Poet in the City.

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Charlie Dore

Folk at Kings Place

A night of eclectic, contemporary folk as Charlie Dore launches her 10th album at Kings Place, joined by long-time collaborator Julian Littman of Steeleye Span, virtuoso double bass player Gareth Huw Davies along with some very special guests.

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Jesca Hoop

Contemporary at Kings Place

A culmination of life and musical experience, uncompromising in its vision, STONECHILD, the new studio album from Jesca Hoop is a self described 'compassion project.'

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London Syrian Ensemble presents: Sounds of Syria

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

The London Syrian Ensemble is a stunning collective of eight musicians and graduates from Syria’s renowned Damascus Conservatoire. Led by composer and Ney soloist Louai Alhenawi, this show marks the worldwide debut of their new project ‘Sounds of Syria’.

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The Breath

Folk at Kings Place

Winner of Folk Singer of the Year 2019 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Ríoghnach Connolly) Ríoghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum are the creative heart of The Breath.

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caroline

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

caroline is an eight piece, based in London, started by Jasper Llewellyn, Mike O'Malley, Casper Hughes in early 2017. Bringing together shared influences in, and experiences of playing, midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of dance music.

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Laura Cannell's Modern Ritual XIII Feat. Stewart Lee

Contemporary / Luminate

Laura Cannell’s Modern Ritual is ancient, modern, experimental, real, fictional, personal, folkloric. It explores human and mechanical rituals, failure of ritual and provides a platform to premiere new works in the UK. 

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Echo Vocal Ensemble

Classical at Kings Place

Acclaimed vocal ensemble Echo present a stunning programme of old and new music about nature and the climate emergency.

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Vessel

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Vessel presents a world premiere of the live, expanded performance of Passion (originally conceived and performed as a solo performance) with strings led by Rakhi Singh.

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Pouya Ehsaei presents Parasang ft. Marley Drummond, Kadialy Kouyate and Camilla George

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

For the first iteration of the series, Pouya Ehsaei will be joined by CAMILLA GEORGE, MOBO-Nominated, Nigerian born saxophonist and star of the award-winning group “Jazz Jamaica,” who leads her own critically acclaimed project showcasing the stars of the new UK Jazz scene, Kadialy Kouyate, Kora virtuoso and singer who can put anyone into a state of trance, and drummer Marley Drummond whose mesmerising beats bring influences from Reggae, Funk and Jazz.

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Colleen

Contemporary / Luminate

Colleen is an aboundingly inventive composer and artist. For two decades Cécile Schott as Colleen has crafted welcoming, enchanting, and bewildering music.

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VOŁOSI (London Premiere)

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The five-strong string band VOŁOSI are one of the undiscovered treasures of Polish traditional music. Combining two classical and three folk musicians, they create a distinctive sound with a dramatic stage presence.

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The Vernon Spring + Ideophone

Contemporary at Kings Place

Lima Limo Records present a double celebration of new music from The Vernon Spring and new signing, Ideophone.

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Kayhan Kalhor & Kiya Tabassian

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

A virtuoso of the Persian spiked fiddle called the kamancheh, Kayhan Kalhor is a three-time Grammy nominee widely considered to be the greatest living ambassador of Persian music.

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John Smith

Folk at Kings Place

Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify.

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Pouya Ehsaei presents Parasang ft. Hammadi Valdes and Yelfris Valdés

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

For the second iteration of the series, Pouya Ehsaei will be joined by Yelfris Valdés, a Cuban trumpeter taking inspirations from Yoruba traditions and Cuban and jazz music. Yelfris has collaborated with Sierra Maestra, Chucho Valdés, Moses Boyd, Kano and Ariwo. Hammadi Rencurrell Valdez a dynamic percussionist and musical director who has worked closely with legendary dancer, Carlos Acosta, for over a decade, and been involved in the production of seminal albums like “Irakere 30 años", and Chucho Valdés’ “New Conceptions”, which was awarded a Latin Grammy. Hammadi is also the co-founder of the Cuban-Iranian band Ariwo.

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

A born and raised Londoner, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, uncovers the hidden stories of her hometown through the lens of her Jamaican heritage. The singer / songwriter / cellist, with her unique blend of classically infused jazz, reggae and soul, presents a night of song and storytelling accompanied by some special guests.

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Belle Chen: Arteries

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

A new show from uniquely creative pianist and composer Belle Chen exploring London as a living entity: people are its blood, and the soundscape its voice. The fast-rising Chen creates six original scenes as an

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The Hermes Experiment

Contemporary / London Unwrapped

Following the critical acclaim of their debut album HERE WE ARE, award-winning contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment release their second album, SONG.

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Eddi Reader

Folk at Kings Place

Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with a 40 Years Live concert tour.

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Ex-Easter Island Head + Kelly Jayne Jones + Thomas Stone

Contemporary / Luminate

We are delighted to welcome back one of our favourite ensembles, Ex-Easter Island Head, to curate a show for our fourth season of Luminate. The genre-defying 'mallet guitar' ensemble helped launch Luminate back in 2018, and are returning in expanded quartet form to premiere new material from their forthcoming album. They have chosen two remarkable artists, Kelly Jayne Jones and Thomas Stone to join them.

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Sam Carter: How The City Sings

Folk / London Unwrapped

In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances.

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Stick in the Wheel

Folk / London Unwrapped

Stick In The Wheel’s work is rooted in traditional music and song, informed by the modern electronic music that grew out of their hybrid East London heritage. Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter use centuries-old work-songs

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Vanishing Twin

Contemporary / Luminate

Dressed for the closing night of the original Dadaist nightclub Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, they sound like they are playing jazz at the end of the world’s end. They are like nothing else. Challenging, morphing, eclectic, ethereal – engaging.

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