Songlines Encounters Festival
Kings Place, London
Songlines is holding the third Songlines Encounters Festival at London's Kings Place from June 5-8 2013. As before, it includes some spectacular international musicians and up and coming artists that we want to champion. You can get a discount on the whole series of concerts and once again they represent a thrilling range of sounds from around the world.
In partnership with Ikon Arts Management, we've programmed eight bands over four days, plus a talk with pianists Alex Wilson and Kishon Khan on Saturday. Collaborations are almost a theme in Songlines Encounters 2013 - a whole range of Eastern European flavours on the opening night, guitarist John Williams with the Palestinian Duo Sabil, and Latin jazz connecting with Mali and Bangladesh. Plus the chance to encounter rare instruments like the quarter-tone accordion, the Georgian panduri and the Senegalese hoddu. A thrilling selection of up and coming names from those in the know.
Wednesday June 5
The Leading Polish folk group Volosi meets Georgia's 33a, led by the charismatic Niaz Diasamidze, recently seen in Songlines [#89] for his work with Lo'Jo. The two bands first played together in Tbilisi in 2011 and are now taking this Transcaucasian meeting on a European tour. HOPA! is a Balkan-flavoured triple bill. Three outstanding groups collaborate on this special Songlines Encounters event. Paprika, She'Koyokh and Yurodny are all specialists in various Balkan styles, giving this evening a fiery, yet seductive, flavour. Each group will play their own set and come together in an extravagant collaboration of over 20 musicians at the end.
Thursday June 6
Tonight we let the good times roll - in Cairo and Louisiana. Led by dynamic percussionist Guy Schalom, the Baladi Blues Ensemble features two veteran Egyptian musicians - Sheik Taha on quarter-tone accordion and Ahmed El Saidi on saxophone. Their gorgeous baladi music comes from the countryside - baladi means 'rural' or 'local' - but it became the traditional soundtrack of urban Cairo as people flocked to the city to work. Singer and guitarist Sarah Savoy comes from one of the great families of Cajun music who've been letting the good times roll in Louisiana for years. With her French band the Francadians, she performs repertoire from the early roots of Cajun and Zydeco music, the honky-tonk inspired Cajun songs of the 40s and 50s and her own original songs of today.
Friday June 7
Tonight we showcase plucked strings - from West Africa and the Middle East. Malick Pathé Sow and Bao Sissoko, from Senegal, are true masters of Senegalese traditional music. Their Aduna album was one of the African music highlights of last year. Vocalist Sow started out in Baaba Maal's band and plays the hoddu (desert lute), while Bao Sissoko is a virtuoso on the most sublime of West African instruments, the 21-string kora. Palestinian musicians, Ahmad Al Khatib and Youssef Hbeisch on oud (Arabic lute) and percussion are the spectacular Duo Sabil, two of the best musicians playing Arabic music today. John Williams is, of course, one of Britain's best-loved classical guitarists. He's always been interested in a wider repertoire and collaborated frequently with the Chilean band Inti Illimani and with fellow guitarist John Etheridge playing African music and jazz.
Saturday June 8
Tonight West Africa meets Cuba and Bangladesh. Lokkhi Terra are one of London's best-kept secrets and probably the world's best Afrobeat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group. The key figure behind it all is Kishon Khan. From a Bangladeshi background, he became fascinated with Cuban music and visited Cuba often to acquire his Latin piano skills. By pulling in players from London's diverse musical tapestry, Khan has assembled a band with Bangladeshi vocalists, Cuban percussion, an Afrobeat drummer and a lot more besides. Another fine Latin jazz pianist, the British-born Alex Wilson, is behind the Trio Mali Latino. This is the debut performance of the touring group drawn from his Mali Latino album, one of the stand-out records of 2010, which takes jazz and Latin rhythms back to their African roots while still sounding dynamic and modern. The grand finale to Songlines Encounters with three musicians and a multitude of instruments, plus special guest Omar Puente, from Cuba, on violin.
Don't miss FREE foyer performances throughout the festival programmed in partnership with the Jewish Music Institute.
- 10% off Festival Pass (telephone orders only)
- 25% discount on single tickets (excluding online saver seats)
- For discount code see issue #90 subscribers' carrier sheet or email email@example.com
- Offers subject to availability
- Deadline for booking June 4 2013
- Book online at www.kingsplace.co.uk or call 020 7520 1490
Supporters of Songlines Encounters Festival 2013
- Culture Ireland
- Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013 Award for Culture
- Polish Cultural Institute
- Embassy of Georgia