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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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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.