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Turner Sims announce World Music series

Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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Fifty years ago the University of Southampton was bequeathed with a generous donation intended to support musical practice in the city.

The beautifully ornate Turner Sims hall – named after its benefactor Miss Margaret Grassam Sims – opened in 1974 and is now established as a premiere performance venue in the South of England.

This year’s Autumn season is of particular interest with a special world music series that features Irish quartet Lankum, Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his compatriot Toumani Diabaté who will perform as part of a duo with kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor.

A similarly enticing prospect is a joint performance from Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in support of their new record Transparent Water. They will be joined by Afro-Venezuealan percussionist Gustavo Oyalles – who contributed featured on the album – for an exploration of polyrhythms and improvisatory craft, teasing out the overlap between West African and Latin American musical practice.

Here is the complete list of dates for the series:

Lankum – October 14

Habib Koité – October 20

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present Transparent Water – November 9

Toumani Diabaté and Kayhan Kalhor – November 21

Värttinä – December 8

More information (including ticketing) is available on the Turner Sims website.

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London Roundhouse to stage In the Round concert series

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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Roundhouse’s introduces a new series – In the Round – which will feature intimate performances January 28-February 6

London’s iconic music venue, Roundhouse, will begin their 2016 music programme with a week-long series of intimate concerts called In the Round. The series will feature some of the world’s best artists in an intimate setting, turning the central arena into a seated concert space. 

The series will kick off with a rare solo show by Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes. There will also be performances from Irish musician and actress Camille O’Sullivan, Ethio-jazz maestro Mulatu Astatke, and Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré, who will be performing new material from her forthcoming album Né So.

Ticket prices range from £12.50-£45 and are available on the official website.

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Preview | London Remixed Festival, February 6-7

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 in Live, News by .

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The London Remixed Festival returns for two days in London at Rich Mix, in the heart of Shoreditch 

Following last year’s success, which saw the likes of Auntie Flo, Nubiyan Twist, and Dub Colossus take to the stage, the London Remixed Festival returns with an equally diverse programme.

Friday’s proceedings are headed up by John Fairhust, electro-swing/bass maestro Odjbox and Dj Chris Tofu.  There are also panels and discussions going on throughout the day.

The Saturday sees three stages specially curated to satisfy the most adventurous of musical palates. The Tropicarnival – hosted by Movimentos and Wormfood – are bringing the beats with the ten-strong London Afrobeat Collective heading up the bill, with support from fusion specialists Nomad Collective and the Cuban rhythm crew Orchestra Bombo. Sam and the Womp (pictured) headline the riotous Polka Club, backed up by the New York Brass Band, with the Folk Ghetto headed up by Stompin’ Dave Allen and the exquisite klezmer group Don Kipper, who were recently awarded Best European Newcomers Valley Klezmer Festival.

Early bird tickets have all sold-out, but you can still get single day tickets and two-day passes through Skiddle.

Global Local are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, so to give you a taster of what to expect, here’s their newest compilation:

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December 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 in Live, Music Travel, News by .

As the festive season draws ever closer, there are still a great deal of fantastic gigs to be seen that aren’t pre-occupied with carols and figgy pudding. 

Here’s a shortlist of the top ten gigs this December.

 

Rodrigo y Gabriela

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The unfathomably talented Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to the UK for six dates this winter. They will showcase their new album 9 Dead Alive, and judging by their storming set on Glastonbury’s pyramid stage this summer it’s definitely not one to miss!

Where & When: Across the UK, Nov 30-Dec 6 More info

 

Cuban Classics: A Night In Havana

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An evening of classical Cuban music will star young concert pianist Marcus Madrigal, who will be playing alongside tango songstress Ann Liebeck (pictured), and Omar Puente, a bright Cuban jazz violinist. The concert will include pieces by Manuel de FallaErnesto Lecuona, and Enrique Granados.

Where & When: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Dec 2 More info

 

Tarang

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This month is the tenth anniversary of the wonderful British-Indian ensemble Tarang. The young group have had pieces commissioned for them by such esteemed composers as Gaurav Mazumdar and Tarun Bhattacharya (pictured), and this evening’s celebrations include some pieces composed specifically for the occasion.

Where & When: Purcell Room, London, Dec 5 More info

 

Susheela Raman

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The intimate surroundings of Turner Sims in Southampton plays host to the exquisite Susheela Raman this December. She plays as part of a quartet that includes Aref Durvesh on tablaKartik Raghunathan (violin), and Sam Mills (guitar). Her album Queen Between was a highlight of the year, so be sure to catch her last UK concert in 2014.

Where & When: Turner Sims, Southampton, Dec 5 More info

 

The Great British Folk Festival

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This year’s stellar line-up for the annual affair in Skegness includes BellowheadThe Full English, and Capercaillie. There is also a performance from Jethro Tull’s guitarist Martin Barre and his band.

Where & When: Butlins Holiday Park, Skegness, Dec 5-8 More info

 

Tantz

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If you’re one for a quiet evening in then the modern Klezmer powerhouse Tantz may not be for you! However, if you’re up for blistering tempos, cascading string lines, and some good-old foot stomping then look no further! The Leeds based group play four dates across the UK this December.

Where & When: Across the UK, Dec 5-13 More info

 

Auntie Flo

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Glaswegian DJ Auntie Flo launched his Highlife label back in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since. These days he’s regularly accompanied at his high-energy shows by South African drummer Esa. Catch him at three dates across the UK, which includes a performance at London’s Plastic People alongside Axel Boman.

Where & When: Across the UK, Dec 12-19 More info

 

Just Jam

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Following the last minute cancellation of the originally proposed performance earlier this year, Just Jam is set to go ahead at the Barbican. Headed up by the Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman (pictured), the eclectic line-up features grime artists JME and Big Narstie, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, and Libson-based DJ Maboku.

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, Dec 13 More info

 

Canto, Ritmo y Baile de Latinoamerica: Celebrating a Continent’s Love for Dance

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Further north on the very same evening, and entirely different affair is taking place. Mestisa are a yorkshire based Latin-American folk quartet and will be playing a variety of musics from the continent. This concert is part of the University of Leeds Concert Series, and is free for under 16s.

Where & When: Clothworkers Centenary Workers Hall, Leeds, Dec 13 More info

 

Gilles Peterson

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Who better to spend your New Year’s Eve with than the musical polymath Gilles Peterson? Having turned the Bedroom Bar into a Cuban haven at the launch of his latest Havana Cultura album last month, he’s sure to get the heart racing with the finest selections right through to the early hours. He will be supported by Simbad, a fellow DJ from Brownswood who helped co-produce the new Havana Cultura project.

Where & When: The Prince of Wales, Brixton, Dec 31 More info

 

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