Abel Selacoe

Abel Selacoe

EVENTS WITH ABEL

South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is redefining the parameters of the cello. He moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers, to concerto performances and solo classical recitals. Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and has a special interest in curating recital programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, with view to helping classical music reach a more diverse audience.

Having completed his International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in July 2018, Abel has already performed extensively across the UK, at venues including Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead, and Bridgewater Hall. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and has performed with orchestras across South Africa, including Kwa-Zulu Natal, Johannesburg and Cape Town Philharmonics.

Abel is a keen chamber musician, having made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2013 with composer Colin Matthews. He is the co-founder of BBC Introducing ensemble Kabantu, and in 2016 formed Chesaba – a trio specializing in music from the African continent, including compositions by Abel. He has enjoyed close collaborations with musicians from a medley of genres, including Tim Garland, Seckou Keita, Giovanni Sollima, Gwilym Simcock, and 12ensemble. In recent seasons, Abel has curated programmes at Kings Place, the Aldeburgh & Oxford Chamber Music Festivals, and has performed in both the late night BBC Proms, and BBC Proms Extra series.

Abel has recently been selected for Serious Music’s Take Five - a development scheme for the UK’s most talented jazz composer-performers, and has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Standard Bank Young Artists Award and the Sir Karl Jenkins Award in association with Classic FM. He is grateful to Help Musicians UK for awarding him the Karl Motesiczky Scholarship.

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Faró

Faró

EVENTS WITH FARÓ

Faró is the moniker of traditional Irish singer and instrumentalist Fergus Cahillane - a founder member of M’ANAM, and curator of the highly successful “Sunday Session” series at Dublin’s iconic Stag’s Head Pub.

Having grown up learning traditional Irish tunes on the fiddle, he moved to writing songs and playing loudly in rock bands. Over the years, he spent more and more time arranging other people's songs, singing at traditional sessions and running an open-night of music and storytelling in Dublin's City Centre.

A key member of internationally renowned Irish a capella ensemble Anúna, he says of being part of the band:

“Live music is the most honest part of my day. As a Dublin-born member it's not lost on me that people travel from all over the world for a chance to hear or to sing with Anúna.

Our international singers bring a world of experience and vocal training into the group, it is a great opportunity to grow alongside them. In turn I hope they experience the same respect for music and each other as I would expect from a traditional Irish music session.

To experience music for the sake of music with no ego or affectation is a thing which an Irishman might take for granted. I'm lucky to see how unique this is by bringing singers from all over the world into these environments. For me, when Anúna is functioning, it has the same feeling of playing together and is effortless and moving.”

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ESKA

ESKA

EVENTS WITH ESKA

The Zimbabwean born, SE-London raised performance artist, composer and producer is a creative force to be reckoned with. Across her two-decade genre-hopping career, ESKA’s titan reputation as a live performer and songwriter brought invitations to collaborate with a host of internationally renowned artists; a list that is as bravely diverse as her music itself; Grace Jones, Zero 7, UNKLE, Tony Allen and fashion designer Rick Owens, to name a few! As a choir director, she has lead a variety of vocal ensembles, including a 150-voice ‘improvising’ choir for Bobby McFerrin.

With credits on over 150 released titles, including contributions to 3 Mercury-nominated albums, her eponymous debut was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2015. This year, ESKA releases her 2nd solo album and commences her first opera with a development commission from the Royal Opera House.

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Paul Cheneour

Paul Cheneour

EVENTS WITH PAUL

Listen, observe feel and do, are the four key elements Paul uses to create and play spontaneous music. Cited as one of the 100 best jazz flautists of all time (http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_jazz/best_jazzflute.html), Paul’s 4 decades of playing the flute have made him a true master of the instrument. Music is the one language that spoke directly to his heart. At 19 a friend gave him a concert flute. He says “It felt like a great home-coming and I knew at that moment this was my vocation”. Since then Paul has played professionally in many styles, including Jazz, Indo-Jazz Fusion, Arab, Indian, and Classical.

Paul trained at the Guildhall School of Music London under Professor Rainer Schuelein. He has 43 CDs published by Northstar music UK, 5 major films; including EMMA award winning ‘6th Happiness’ and ‘Hideous Kinky’. Best Foreign film winner in 2007 ‘In The Place of the Dead’. Many DVDs & documentaries: BBC 2’s Egyptian Journeys by Dan Cruickshank, ‘The Painter and the Musician’ and Out-OF-Tune.

Having played for over 44 years, Paul is still excited to discover new sonic textures and music with his flutes. The beauty of playing is that there really is no end.

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Bill Barclay

Bill Barclay

EVENTS WITH BILL

Bill Barclay is the Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he has produced music for over 120 productions and 150 concerts since 2011. Original scores include Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Emilia, Edward II, and Hamlet Globe-to-Globe, which toured 197 countries in 2014-16. Broadway and West End: Farinelli and the King, Twelfth Night, and Richard III all starring Mark Rylance.

Through his company Concert Theatre Works, Bill has created original programs for actors and orchestra for the Boston Symphony, LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Washington National Cathedral, Tanglewood, and others. Bill piloted the Candlelit Concert series in the Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and is the founder of the record label Globe Music. An recognized voice on the music of Shakespeare, he edited the recent study Shakespeare, Music, and Performance (Cambridge University Press).

Serafina Steer

Serafina Steer

EVENTS WITH SERAFINA

Serafina Steer trained as a harpist but now just as likely to be seen playing the bass guitar, keyboards or singing. She has released three solo albums - Cheap Demo Bad Science, Change Is Good Change Is Good, and The Moths Are Real.

She co-founded all female post-punk-ish trio Bas Jan in 2016. In January 2018 their debut album 'Yes I Jan' was released in February 2018 on independent Scottish label, Lost Map. This album featured the combined production skills of Capitol K, Leafcutter John and Leo Abrahams.

“Messy majesty” 9/10 - Uncut

“Beautifully fractured art-pop” - Mojo

Bas Jan have been championed by BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley, have performed (at The British FIlm Institute) & recorded with Jarvis Cocker on an adaptation of 'Likely Stories' by Neil Gaiman for Sky. They have performed live at Serpentine Summer Pavilion in london, Green Man, End of the Road and Supernormal, as well as BBC 6 Music Live and Radio 3. Last summer they performed at Berlin's Wassermusik Festival 'Brexit- Goodbye UK and thank you for the music' alongside Scritti Politti.

Much of 2018 was also spent developing material and performing with Jarvis Cocker’s new project ‘Jarv..is’ in which she plays electric harp, keyboards and sings.  The new ensemble made a mini tour of caves in the UK, California and in Hong Kong. Jarv..is will be performing more dates in summer 2019. 

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Lisa Knapp

Lisa Knapp

EVENTS WITH LISA

It’s been 12 years since her remarkable debut album Wild And Undaunted marked Lisa Knapp as one of the brightest and most innovative stars of a newly invigorated British folk movement. A child of the 90s rave scene, Lisa found herself drawn to the honesty of the ballads she heard at South London folk clubs and the dexterous Irish fiddle tunes she began joining in with at pub sessions. From there she immersed herself in library manuscripts, pored over second-hand records from the 70s and sought out the masters of traditional music to learn from. Working with partner and producer Gerry Diver, she forged a new path through these old songs that is uniquely and spellbindingly hers.

“A unique voice” - Uncut

Over the years, she’s worked with some of the finest musicians in folk music and beyond: Robert Plant, Eliza Carthy, Graham Coxon, Sam Lee, Olivia Chaney, Leafcutter John, Stick In The Wheel - the list goes on.

“Knapp isn’t just a great folk artist, she’s a great artist full stop.” - Morning Star

While it’s true that Lisa Knapp’s music is steeped in old weird England and its mysterious customs, it’s not a nostalgia for idyllic yesteryears. These are records made amidst the reality of a Britain which is anything but merry. You can hear it in her use of sampled street sounds; the cut-up vocals; the very modern manipulation of sound – a tension between then and now where Lisa’s music sparks. These reminders of where we came from also ask us who we are now.

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Blood Moon Project

Blood Moon Project

EVENTS WITH BLOOD MOON PROJECT

Blood Moon Project is Heloise Tunstall BehrensTanya Auclair, & Luisa Gerstein - three singers, musicians, composers, and producers living and working in London. They also perform together in Deep Throat Choir, and the contemporary opera, “The Swarm”, where vocal experimentation and interplay takes centre stage. 

Heloise is currently studying composition at Trinity Laban, Tanya is working on a new LP, and Luisa is scoring music for the Vaudeville production of Emilia.  They will be sharing some of their vocal exploration in this first collaborative performance as a trio: Blood Moon Project.  

Helen Vidovich

Helen Vidovich

EVENTS WITH HELEN

Australian flautist Helen Vidovich is an orchestral and chamber musician. Career highlights include performances at the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall, and work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

As a member of the Marsyas Trio, Helen’s ensemble projects and commissions have been supported by Arts Council England, the RVW Trust and the PRS and Britten-Pears Foundations. Concert highlights with the trio include international touring and live TV and Radio. Helen’s discography includes A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records 2015), and In the Theatre of Air (NMC Recordings, 2018), which received international airplay and reviews in The Strad, Tempo, the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone.

Helen undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, following a Master’s degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. Her teachers include Michael Cox (BBC Symphony Orchestra) and Sharon Williams (London Symphony Orchestra). Helen has performed in masterclasses throughout Europe with leading international figures, and has performed as a soloist with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, including Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Marshall McGuire.

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Kate St. John

Kate St. John

EVENTS WITH KATE

Kate St. John is a composer/arranger/singer/producer. She is an oboe/cor anglais player but also sings and plays accordion, sax and piano. She was a member of The Dream Academy and has two solo albums, Indescribable Night and Second Sight.

Kate has played with many artists including Van Morrison, Damon Albarn, Marianne Faithfull, Peggy Seeger, Philip Glass, the Waterboys and Tom Waits. She has been Musical Director for many multi-artist shows: Bright Phoebus Revisited, Rogues Gallery, A Not So Silent Night with the McGarrigle/ Wainwright family, Imagining Ireland and tributes to Nick Drake, Nino Rota and Ewan MacColl.

Kate often works as an arranger and has done orchestrations for Laura Marling and Kris Drever with the Scottish Symphony and the Scottish Chamber orchestra

Kate and her husband Neill MacColl produced Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy’s new album Anchor. Together they work doing on set music on films including Far From The Madding Crowd, My Cousin Rachel, The Little Stranger and Dirt Music

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Christo Squier

Christo Squier

EVENTS WITH CHRISTO

Christo Squier is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works with sound and live performance; a multi-instrumentalist (guitars, voice, flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone), composer, performer and producer.

He is artistic director of progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption, who have toured internationally and relentlessly explored unusual musical terrain since 2004.

Christo released his first solo album as Squier Squier in 2016, which explored a tender, personal songwriting approach; weaving finger-picked acoustic guitar with intricate, electronically processed layers of brass, woodwind and drums.

As an actor/musician/sound designer, Christo has worked with a range of groundbreaking companies including Les Enfants Terribles, Factory, Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema and Shunt. Christo is currently artist-in-residence at Snape Maltings, creating a new theatrical performance for Perhaps Contraption.

Aside from all the musical stuff, Christo is a contact juggler and used to be a professional sand sculptor. He wishes he was better at cooking.

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Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate

“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice.” -Time Out London.

Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.

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Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth is a Cardiff-based musician and songwriter from Aberystwyth in West Wales. Her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013, and she released her second (Fossil Scale) in 2016. She appeared as a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preachers' Futurology album, and has toured extensively in India: both as a member of Ghazalaw (whose debut record was released on Cerys Matthews' Marvels of the Universe label) and as part of the British Council's Folk Nations project. 

Georgia presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru, and has also presented 'World on 3' for BBC Radio 3. 

Press for Fossil Scale :
“Georgia is finding her own distinct voice” **** Q Magazine
“Slow-burner of a record that rewards repeated listening” **** The Evening Standard
“a wealth of sonic detail” The Independent
“A deeply intelligent return”  Clash Magazine

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

EVENTS WITH AYANNA

Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist.

Graduating with a first from both Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music, Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and become an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She was a featured artist with Courtney Pine’s Afropeans: Jazz Warriors and became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC.

As a composer, she has scored original music for various productions and as an arranger and orchestrator Ayanna has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Masekela), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic).

Since releasing her EP’s Truthfully and Black Panther Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and several countries in Europe, whilst gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra. A performer of extraordinary versatility her live shows are intimate journeys that chronicle her experience as a female artist in the 21st century.

Because of her musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello Ayanna is able to straddle both the classical and urban worlds effortlessly.

She is the definition of eclectic soul.

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Tom Stuart

Tom Stuart

Tom is a conservationist, ornithologist, sound recordist and environmentalist. Most recently he's been working for the Institute for European Environmental Policy on the European Commission's forthcoming Pollinators Initiative and case studies highlighting conservation measures that have produced large scale improvements in the status of species and habitats in Europe.

Tom has been ‘resident ornithologist’ for ‘Singing with Nightingales’ for the last three years. He will be sharing his lifelong passion for birds again in 2018, leading appetite-whetting bird-song walks and introducing participants to the life of Nightingales. He is part the team developing the experience at new venues.

Tiff Wear

Tiff Wear

A veteran host of our 2017 & 2018 SWN series, Tiff is a theatre maker and facilitator, exploring the non-verbal languages of space, rhythm and physicality. He facilitates nature based learning experiences for children and adults; volunteering as a trainer with the charity organisation Forest School Camps and curating an annual community gathering in the forest.

He was recently in South America working on a theatre project, and spent two weeks in the Brazilian Amazon living with an indigenous community. He is very interested in the role of ritual within community and what the Western world has to learn from indigenous cosmologies. 

Corin Stuart

Corin Stuart

Corin is a biologist, actor and storyteller. Growing up in East Sussex he has always had a fascination with wildlife and is a particular expert on trees, having worked as a teacher and workshop leader for the urban regeneration charity "Trees for Cities”.

He has hosted events and workshops for many years, often in the persona of the embattled Basil Fawlty. However, for this event he is hoping to keep his cool and offer you a quiet and warm welcome to Sussex and the natural history of the Nightingale.

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Adrian Freedman

Adrian Freedman

EVENTS WITH ADRIAN

Adrian Freedman is a composer and multi-instrumentalist specialising in the shakuhachi, Japanese zen flute. Adrian is a musician of extraordinary breadth. His musical journey encompasses the fields of Baroque music, contemporary and improvised music, folk-fusion, soundtracks for theatre and dance, Japanese traditional music and devotional songs.

Adrian studied music at Manchester University, Guildhall School of Music, and Kyoto Arts University. He lived in Japan for 7 years, where he studied the shakuhachi with renowned master Yokoyama Katsuya. He later lived in Brazil where he became immersed in sacred medicine music rituals of the forest. Arising from his musical and spiritual journey, Adrian has received a collection of more than 100 original songs and chants.

As a composer and musical director, he has worked for Kneehigh Theatre,Wildworks Theatre, Scottish Contemporary Dance, Stopgap Dance Company and many others. Adrian has performed solo recitals and concerts with various ensembles at international festivals and in sacred spaces around the world. His music is heartfelt and full of subtle dynamics that conjure an atmosphere ofrarefied peace, spaciousness and delicate beauty. The scope of his music is diverse, including songs was well as instrumental music, but an ineffable sense of the sacred is felt throughout. 

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Chartwell Dutiro

Chartwell Dutiro

EVENTS WITH CHARTWELL

Chartwell Dutiro is a musician, singer, song-writer, composer, author and teacher. He grew up in rural Zimbabwe and started playing the mbira when he was four. The mbira is an ancient instrument, consisting of at least 22 metal keys mounted on a wooden soundboard. Chartwell and his brother would often play mbira all night, calling the ancestral spirits for guidance, as had been done in Zimbabwe over centuries.

As a teenager Chartwell joined the Salvation Army band, and when he moved to the capital he played in a military marching band. From 1986 to 1994 he toured the world with the legendary “Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited.” Since 1994, Chartwell has been based in Britain, performing, recording, teaching and building bridges through his music.

Chartwell has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music.

Chartwell is a superb instrumentalist and a soulful singer. His arrangements of Shona traditional music are both innovative and inspirational. He is also a gifted storyteller with a deep sense of history and a wry sense of humor. An evening in his presence is an unforgettable experience.

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Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki is an award-winning vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.

Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté, and extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions.

“She is a genuine original– John Fordham, The Guardian

“something of a phenomenon” – MOJO Magazine

“Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at most of the major UK alternative and jazz venues and festivals. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots.

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