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Fiston Lusambo

Fiston Lusambo

Events with Fiston

London based Fiston Lusambo is a virtuoso guitarist, famous for his fluid style blending choppy rhythm playing with sinuous lead lines. He first came into the spotlight in Orchestra Virunga, the group formed around seminal Congolese artist Samba Mapangala.

He is bandleader of Zong Zing All Stars, leading exponents of 'cavacha' - the uplifting dance rhtyhm at the core of central African music, which gave rise to 'soukous' in Congo, 'makosa' in Cameroon, and 'coupez decallez' in Côte d'Ivoire.

Max Baillie

Max Baillie

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Max has jammed with Tuaregs in the Malian Desert, led Bjork’s orchestra in the Albert Hall, and accompanied Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park. From folk tunes in the Welsh Hills to collaborations with Steve Reich and John Williams, Max leads a chameleonic life including classical, pop, and improvisation, with musicians from all over the world and on stages big and small.

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Piers Faccini

Piers Faccini

Events with Piers

Crossing and blurring musical boundaries is an art form for Piers Faccini. Treading the frontiers which delineate one country from another, Faccini finds his inspiration in the cultural ambiguity of borderlands. If his songs were maps, they’d stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the plains of the Mediterranean.

Over seven acclaimed albums, Faccini has toured his music worldwide, recording and collaborating with numerous musicians and singers including Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Ben Harper, Rokia Traore, Patrick Watson and Ibrahim Maalouf amongst others.

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David Rothenberg

David Rothenberg

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David has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years.  He is the author of Why Birds Sing, his book on making music with birds which was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. His following book, Thousand Mile Song, is on making music with whales and was turned into a film for French television.

As a composer and clarinetist, Rothenberg has sixteen CDs out under his own name, including a Jazziz Magazine top ten of the year, and a record on ECM with Marilyn Crispell. A great collaborator, his musical colleagues include Scanner, DJ Spooky, Lukas Ligeti, Mira Calix, Ben Neill, and Robert Rich.

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Francesca Ter-Berg

Francesca Ter-Berg

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Hackney-born Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist, composer and musical collaborator. 

She began her musical explorations at the age of 7 studying Western classical music. Growing up in multi-cultural Dalston led her to a degree in Social Anthropology at Sussex University. Anthropology inspired Francesca to travel and learn different styles of music, most notably Klezmer, Transylvanian and Romanian music. Ever since, Francesca has spent many years collecting this music from archives and spent time travelling to study extensively with leading experts such as Tcha Limberger and Alan Bern.

She regularly collaborates with violinist Flora Curzon in their folk duo Fran & Flora.
"A string duo bound for glory." - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3's Late Junction

Francesca's interest in composing, arranging, improvising and teaching recently led her to complete a Masters in Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. Here she began exploring the world of sound, studio composition and working with live electronics. Francesca is currently working on her first EP, which blends traditional folk, field recordings and electronica. 

Francesca has collaborated and performed with artists such as Sam LeeTalvin SinghFloating PointsPortico, Sophie Solomon, Cosmo Sheldrake, Tanita Tikaram, Roger O’Donnell, Riz AhmedHejira, Katy Carr, Lisa KnappGerry DiverThe UnthanksKate Young, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Frank London, London Klezmer Quartet, Soumik Datta, Jyotsna Srikanth, Ahmed Mukhtar, Maverick Sabre and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

er collaborative experience and diverse musical background has led Francesca to be one of the most versatile and in demand session and studio musicians in the UK. Francesca hosts her own radio show on DubLab London, and when not making music focuses on her other passion - food.

"Francesca Ter-Berg wonderfully channels so many different stories and styles in her music and cello playing... a sincere and evocative musician with a restless and creative mind who sources her inspiration from the richest of diets” - Sam Lee

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Clive Bell

Clive Bell

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Clive Bell is a musician, composer and writer with a specialist interest in the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), khene (Thai mouth organ) and other East Asian wind instruments. He has travelled extensively in Japan (where he studied shakuhachi with the master Kohachiro Miyata), Thailand, Laos and Bali, researching music and meeting local practitioners. He joins koto and shamisen players to perform the Japanese classical repertoire. He toured for over a decade with Jah Wobble, including shows at Ronnie Scott’s and the Glastonbury Festival. Clive Bell has a substantial recording history as both a solo artist (his solo album, Shakuhachi: The Japanese Flute was reissued in 2005 by ARC Records) and as a composer for film, TV and theatrical productions (Complicite, Kazuko Hohki, IOU, Whalley Range Allstars). Jazz pianist Taeko Kunishima, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, David Toop, Jochen Irmler of Faust and Bill Laswell number among Clive Bell's collaborators. Based in Tottenham, London, he writes regularly for the music monthly The Wire.

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Alice Barron

Alice Barron

Events with Alice

Alice Barron is a violinist, collaborator, and founder member of experimental world music group, iyatraQuartet.  She enjoys a diverse career combining orchestral, chamber and solo performances with improvisatory and multi-disciplinary projects.  She specialises in contemporary and world musics, with recent performances including projects with Nigel Kennedy, Jean-Luc Ponty, L. Subramaniam and with Sam Lee at WOMAD festival in Australia and New Zealand.  Alice's collaborative work is genre-spanning and draws on her experiences studying South Indian violin techniques.

‘iyatraQuartet summoned up a flavour of dizzy Balkan revelry’ - Ivan Hewett, Telegraph
 

As part of a practice-led PhD at the University of Oxford, Alice is currently working on a series of collaborations creating new cross-cultural works for the violin that draw on her experiences studying in South India.

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