Songlines Encounters Festival
Kings Place, London

IkonSonglines is holding the fourth Songlines Encounters Festival at London's Kings Place from June 5-7 2014. 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 six bands over three days. Like a string of pearls, Songlines Encounters 2014 hangs on a thread of glorious female vocalists: Cigdem Aslan brings gorgeous songs from Asia Minor, Luzmira Zerpa brings Venezuelan flamboyance and Oana Catalina Chitu brings the lyrical Romanian repertoire of Maria Tanase to life. Beside them, there is the electrifying violin of Anna Phoebe, virtuoso instrumentals from Kayhan Kalhor and the great Malian singer Habib Koite. Sublime voices and, as ever, thrilling instrumental encounters with Persian kamancheh, Malian kamalengoni, Romanian cimbalom and its Persian brother the santur.

Family AtlanticaHabib Koite

Thursday June 5
The Songlines Encounters Festival begins in Africa. Luzmira Zerpa is the larger-than-life vocalist of Family Atlantica whose music stretches from Venezuela across the Atlantic to London and West Africa. And from Mali, Habib Koite and his band play in London for the first time in ten years (in collaboration with Enchanted Tunes).

Anna PhoebeOana Catalina Chitu

Friday June 6
Friday's line-up is a night of passion and romance. Anna Phoebe's fiery violin mixes Eastern and Western influences with a touch of Gypsy and, in her UK debut, Romanian singer Oana Catalina Chitu brings her rich, smokey interpretations of Maria Tanase to London - kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London and the cimbalom is generously provided by the Embassy of Hungary in London.

Cigdem AslanKayhan Kalhor

Saturday June 7
Saturday will feature major talents from Asia Minor and beyond. A sublime instrumental duo from Iran, featuring kamancheh (spike fiddle) and santur (hammer dulcimer), and the charismatic Cigdem Aslan who performs Greek and Turkish repertoire with her virtuoso band. There's a pre-concert talk with Kayhan Kalhor in the St Pancras Room.

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

Buy ticketsSonglines Subscriber Offers

  • 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 subs@songlines.co.uk
  • Offers subject to availability
  • Deadline for booking June 5 2014
  • Book online at www.kingsplace.co.uk or call 020 7520 1490

Supporters of Songlines Encounters Festival 2014

  • Romanian Cultural Institute London
  • Enchanted Tunes
  • Embassy of Hungary London