Songlines Encounters Festival 2017
Kings Place, London

Now in its seventh year, Songlines Encounters Festival returns with an exciting programme of artists we feel passionate about. Expect compelling collaborations, unusual instruments, two UK premieres and thrilling music from Portugal, India, Senegal, Lithuania, Norway and the UK.

Ricardo Ribeiro – UK Premiere
Thursday, June 1 (Hall 1, 8pm)

Ricardo Riberiro

Ricardo Ribeiro is without question, the top male fadista of his generation. Much loved in Portugal, amazingly, this will be Ribeiro’s first solo UK concert. Renowned for the purity of his approach, the high, haunting quality of his voice is quite remarkable. His most recent CD (reviewed in #120) was described as ‘subtle and utterly convincing.’

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Bollywood Brass Band & Jyotsna Srikanth
Friday, June 2 (Hall 1, 8pm)

BBB and Jyotsna Srikanth

For 25 years, Bollywood music has been the mainstay of London’s Indian-style wedding band. But now, with superb South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, they raise the rafters with Carnatic Connection, featuring South Indian movie hits, including AR Rahman. Many of the arrangements are played to dynamic film sequences.

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Friday, June 2 (Hall 2, 8pm)


London-based but truly global in attitude, Kefaya only released their debut album, Radio International, last year (a Top of the World review in #122). Yet their rapid rise in popularity has been phenomenal, with great reviews and international tours. The core members are guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, keyboard player Al MacSween, bassist Domenico Angarano and drummer Joost Hendrickx, but the collective often features guests from around the world. Don’t miss them in the intimate environment of Hall 2.

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Solo & Indre – UK premiere
Saturday, June 3 (Hall 2, 5pm)

Solo & Indre

An innovative duo of West African kora and Baltic zither. Solo Cissokho is a singer and kora player from Senegal and Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a singer and kanklės player from Lithuania. The Lithuanian kanklės is a zither that has variants small and large across the Baltics. The Songlines review of their album described it as ‘spontaneous improvisations to create a mesmerising flow of acoustic music.’ Simon Broughton chairs a Q&A and demonstration with the musicians to open the show.

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Vindauga / Wind Eye feat Sam Lee – London premiere
Saturday, June 3 (Hall 1, 8pm)

Sam Lee

Literally meaning ‘Wind Eye,’ Vindauga is Old Norse for ‘Window.’ This perfectly describes this meeting of musical minds from England, Scotland and Norway as Vindauga / Wind-Eye throws open new windows on these musicians’ traditions, with the wind blowing in a strong element of fearless experimentation. Vocalists Sam Lee and Unni Løvlid, Sarah-Jane Summers (fiddle), Erlend Apneseth (Hardanger fiddle), Juhani Silvola (guitars) and Andreas Utnem (harmonium) bring together virtuosity and an expressive energy. Previously known as Folk Conexions, this collaboration was originally premiered at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2016 to much critical acclaim.

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See our Festival line-up page for more details or visit the Kings Place website.

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