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Songlines Encounters Festival | Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrain Fard + Çiğdem Aslan, June 7

Posted on June 5th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Photography by Handan Erek

For the final night of Songlines Encounters Festival we welcome Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrain Fard and Çiğdem Aslan (pictured)

Kayhan Kalhor is renowned for his great musical partnerships. The Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player has performed great duos with Indian, Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian musicians. This sublime pairing of bowed and struck strings features fellow Iranian musician Ali Bahrami Fard on a specially created bass santur in music that is meditative and uplifting.

Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan is one of London’s best-kept secrets, but not for much longer. Her debut album, Mortissa, has been attracting rave reviews and shows that Aslan is a lioness of rebetika – the melancholy Greek and Turkish songs of Asia Minor. She’s gathered a superb band, some of them moonlighting from She’Koyokh, with whom Aslan also performs, and they’ll be sure to round off Songlines Encounters in style.

More information and tickets.

Free Q&A with Kayhan Kalhor at 6:15pm

Prior to his performance, Kayhan Kalhor will talk to Simon Broughton about the music and events that have inspired his music and demonstrates his specially commissioned instrument, the shah kaman. More info.

Kayhan Kalhor performs with Ali Bahrami Fard:

Don’t miss the FREE foyer performance preceding this concert at 6:50pm

Pouya Mahmoodi Band

Pouya Mahmoodi is an Iranian guitarist, songwriter and singer. He is a pioneer of Iranian world fusion style, mixing Iranian traditional music with Western music styles such as jazz, blues, and rock. In this programme Armin Firouzabadi (acoustic guitar), Saleh Zarei (electric bass) and Ali Nourbakhsh (percussion) will accompany him.

You can book your tickets by visiting the Kings Place website or by calling 020 7520 1490. We hope to see you there!

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Songlines Encounters Festival 2014 Line-up

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


In less than two weeks time Songlines Encounters Festival returns for its fourth year on June 5-7 at London’s Kings Place, in association with Ikon Arts Management. Female vocalists are a strong strand running through this year’s line-up. Come and see some spectacular international musicians and up-and-coming artists that we want to champion. 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or discounted festival passes.

Thursday June 5
Family Atlantica + Dobet Gnahoré


The Songlines Encounters Festival begins in Africa. Luzmira Zerpa is the larger-than-life vocalist of Family Atlantica (pictured above) whose music stretches from Venezuela across the Atlantic to London and West Africa. Dobet Gnahoré, from Ivory Coast, is one of the most dynamic young female performers of Africa. With striking costumes, Dobet’s shows have a visceral energy and power which you won’t forget.*

Find out more.

*Dobet Gnahoré is replacing Habib Koité, who is now unable to make the trip to the UK.


Friday June 6
Anna Phoebe + Oana Cătălina Chiţu


Anna Phoebe’s fiery violin mixes Eastern and Western influences with a touch of Gypsy and, in her UK concert hall debut, Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu (pictured above) brings her rich, smokey interpretations of Maria Tănase to London – kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London.

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Saturday June 7
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard + Çiğdem Aslan


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 Çiğdem Aslan who performs Greek and Turkish repertoire with her virtuoso band. There’s a pre-concert talk with Kayhan Kalhor (pictured above) in the St Pancras Room (6:15pm).

Find out more.


See our festival line-up page for more details, visit the Kings Place website or tweet about it.

Hear Simon Broughton talking to Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan and fiery violinist Anna Phoebe about what they’ll be bringing to the Festival…

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The new June podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on April 25th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Toumani & Sidiki Dibaté, 9Bach, Youssou N’Dour and Kayhan Kalhor

This podcast includes highlights from the landmark 100th issue of Songlines (June 2014), opening with music from the new album by Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki (on World Circuit), our cover artists this issue. Songlines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, plays a track by the Welsh band 9Bach (Real World).

Features: Nigel Williamson on 100 issues of Songlines, Nasim Masoud announces the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2014 and Simon Broughton on Toumani & Sidiki. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with music by Youssou N’Dour and more. The podcast ends with a track by Kayhan Kalhor, who is playing as part of Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place in June.

The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the July 2014 issue (#101), will be available from June 6 2014.

Download the podcast here.

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The 100th Issue (June 2014) is now on sale!

Posted on April 25th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .

Cover-fan-buy-web_100Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté, Kronos Quartet and the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2014 

The June 2014 issue of Songlines (#100) is on sale in the UK from today. The issue includes our regular Top of the World CD featuring ten tracks from the finest new global releases as well as five tracks chosen by British rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from cover stars Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté; London’s favourite klezmer and Balkan band, She’Koyokh; and the high-spirited Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

This issue also includes…




• Special 32-page retrospective  – Celebrating the last 15 years of world music
• Songlines Music Awards 2014 Winners – We announce this year’s winners.
• Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté – The father and son duo continue their kora legacy with a recent self-titled album.
• Kronos Quartet – Founder David Harrington talks about their latest release marking their 40th anniversary.
• Kayhan Kalhor – The Iranian kamancheh player speaks to Simon Broughton prior to his Songlines Encounters Festival performance.
• The World’s Best Festivals 2014 – Our guide to the year’s best festivals around the world, from Cambridge to Morocco and beyond.

• Beginner’s Guide to one of the strongest feminist voices of Brazil’s music scene, Joyce Moreno.
• Postcard from Hiltons, Virginia
• My World: a playlist and interview with renowned British rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
• Introducing… 9Bach, Jambini and [su:m].
• Spotlight on Soumik Datta.
• Quick Fire: Viktoria Mullova, Eddie Barcan, Seun Kuti.
• What’s new, including the Songlines Encounters Festival, The Great Black Music exhibition in Paris, Dead Rat Orchestra’s river and canal tour, and celebrating 50 years of Nonesuch Records.
• The Essential Ten Family Albums.
• Reviews of the latest CD and book releases.

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