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Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate

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“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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Fiston Lusambo

Fiston Lusambo

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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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Adrian Freedman

Adrian Freedman

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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

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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

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Alice Zawadzki is a 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.

“all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” - The Arts Desk

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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Piers Faccini

Piers Faccini

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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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John Baily & Veronica Doubleday

John Baily & Veronica Doubleday

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Husband and wife team John and Veronica are renowned ethnomusicologists whose work has been invaluable in bringing the music of Afghanistan to the wider world.  Over 3 decades they have produced a steady stream of CDs, books, and articles, tracking the lives of musicians first within Afghan borders, then further afield when making music in that war-torn land became a seriously dangerous thing to do.

Moreover, they have immersed themselves deeply enough in Afghan music to win shauqi status as respected amateur performers: she as a singer, he as a player of the dutar and the boat-shaped rubab lute, with its guttural-ethereal sound-palette.

Alice Barron

Alice Barron

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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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Pete Judge

Pete Judge

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Pete Judge is a musician and composer, based in Bristol UK.

He plays with and composes for acclaimed post-jazz quartet Get The Blessing (BBC Jazz Award winners), multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale, and ambient-minimalist-improvising duo Eyebrow. Tours and session work include Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher (on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland), Jim Moray, John Parish, Marc Gauvin, and many others. He has also composed music for theatre, film & live ensemble, including Travelling Light Theatre Company, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Shetland Arts Trust, Portland Royal Manor Theatre, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Bristol’s Brunel 200 (the Triangulation project), Aberystwyth Silver Band, b-side multi-media festival, and (with Eyebrow) Taikabox Dance Company.

“The excellent Pete Judge sounds somewhere between the late Don Cherry and the UK's Harry Beckett” (John Fordham, The Guardian)

“Pete Judge is truly magical. The epitome of cool, finely timed musical restraint” (Venue)

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