Drumscapes is an exciting and original solo performance by world music percussionist Jon Sterckx. In his solo Drumscapes performances, Jon creates multi layered, highly energised rhythmic soundscapes. He skillfully brings traditional instruments and rhythms from around the world together with 21st Century performance tools, live sampling, vocal sculpture and live audio processing.
All instruments are played, sampled, mixed & processed live on stage in a synthesis of traditional musicianship and live electronics.The result is a unique blend of rhythmic soundscapes, bouncy world rhythms & high energy drumming.
Jon’s Drumscapes performances have been profiled and featured by major music software company Ableton and have also been included in the global conference foundation, TED, with a performance at TEDxWarwick in 2012.
Rekesh Chauhan is a British Indian pianist and composer. Having studied western classical music on both the guitar and piano from an early age he went on to train in Indian classical music under the tutelage of his father, Rajesh Chauhan.
His knack for amalgamating both eastern and western styles has brought him much recognition and glittering invites to appear in concerts all over: including, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Southbank Centre (venues in Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall), Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall and London’s V&A museum to name just a handful of prestigious venues.
Having begun his musical journey supporting artists including MOBO award-winning jazz pianist Zoe Rahman he went on to collaborate with Mercury Prize award-winner Talvin Singh at Ronnie Scotts – within a few years he was a featured introducing artist on national BBC radio, performed with his own ensembles in arenas to over 60,000 people and scooped the Eastern Electronic Festival prize. With all of these feathers under his cap before reaching his twenties it is hardly surprising the young talent is today a highly sought after performer.
Rekesh’s critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Beyond Roots’, released under Milapfest in 2015, won him spectacular praise from tabloid press to prime-time radio play. The album followed a sold-out nationwide tour collaborating with renowned drummer Kousic Sen, including an exclusive live session for BBC Radio London. Beyond Roots features celebrated BBC Symphony Orchestra violinist virtuoso, John Garner, a regular collaborator with Chauhan.
Keeping to his roots, as a harmonium (Indian hand pump organ) performer, Rekesh is often seen with the most respected names of Indian classical music earning him a glittering credit list of performances with Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ravindra Jain, Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Ustad Tari Khan to name just a few. With his audiences ranging from Bollywood A-lister Govinda to business tycoons the Hinduja Brothers, it is hardly surprising that the versatility of Chauhan’s talent is a testament to his sound.
His style defines the reverberation amongst the new generation of listeners of contemporary world music as his music mellifluously amalgamates both eastern and western flavours.
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Over the course of the 1990s Drum ‘n Bass shook conceptions of what could be achieved artistically with electronic dance music. Drawing on the dub techniques of Jamaican mixologists and Detroit techno, it transcended the limitations of four-on-the-floor dance grooves and introduced sub-bass to the musical spectrum. But it was music destined to be chained to the studio – or was it?
In 1996 when the world was just getting its head around the genre, something happened to take everything to another level.
Three times winner of The Wire/Guardian best jazz vocalist award Cleveland Watkiss was already established as the voice of Metalheadz – Goldie’s epochal Sunday sessions at the legendary Blue Note club in Hoxton. Drawing on his immersion in jazz, soul, reggae and dub, Watkiss brought the sophisticated musicality to MC’ing that Drum ‘n Bass deserved and redefined the art of the MC. Assuming the moniker “Origin”, he teamed up with American drum innovator Marque ‘the innamost’ Gilmore – (sideman of Joe Zawinul and Roy Ayers among many jazz and world giants) to compose and record the album”23”. Joined by cut master DJ Le Rouge they took to the road as the first ever live Drum ‘n Bass band.
23 is considered to be a “landmark album” [Straight No Chaser] of 90s electronic music. Until then if you asked anyone if it was possible to play Drum ‘n Bass with live instruments, the answer would have been a firm NO. But it was Gilmore’s almost superhuman fusion of lightning fast acoustic kit drumming and sample triggering from electronic drum pads that proved the naysayers wrong. “Seeking to reproduce the results [of 23] live would be impossible without the awesome talents of jazz drummer Marque Gilmore” – Neil Spencer, The Observer.
However, with musicians of such lineage and with such creativity, 23 is more than a Drum n Bass album. It “translates to areas outside the dancefloor. …resulting in a refreshingly multi-hued jungle trip”. – Tony Green, Jazz Times.
“This is Drum n’ Bass that will progress, that will access new audiences. This is the future.” – Mixmag
This year is the 20th anniversary of the release of 23, an event that was followed by a year long tour featuring interactive visuals from live multimedia pioneer Derek Richards (aka hyperjam aka rizomorph). Just as technology has evolved, none of these artists have stood still. This special show brings the collective back together for the first time in 20 years. Drawing on the original material from the “23” shows, it will once again take the audience on an audio-visual, consciousness raising journey from the past to the future.
Black Top was initiated in the latter part of 2011 by Jazz Warrior and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist/sound-sculptor, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer of the Year Award Pat Thomas. The duo of Robinson and Thomas, are shape-shifting unit dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots with a spontaneity and daring rooted in experimental free-jazz.and with the spirit of pure improvisation that’s rooted in the experiments of NYC musicians like Sam Rivers. The result is always a journey that conjures evocative and dramatic soundscapes, which mirror Black Top’s expansive worldview.
The ensemble made its debut at Dalston’s innovative and prestigious venue Café Oto and in doing so found a regular home for their excursions.
While Orphy and Pat throw around random phrases like “Archaic Nubian Step Dub” this meeting of musical minds is dedicated to developing working relationships with virtuoso musicians from across the cultural and generational spectrum that can match their own technical dexterity and handle the element of surprise. Each in the series is moulded by the contributions of a unique guest collaborator. Now with two critically acclaimed albums, ‘Black Top Number One’ and ‘Black Top Number Two’, released on Babel Records, Black Top has performed at The Gateshead Festival at the Sage and at the Jazz Festival Konfrontationen in Nikelsdorf, Austria. They’ve filmed and recorded with SunRa Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and legendary Bassist Henry Grimes in their Magic Science Quartet tour 2015 and were nominated for the Jazz Innovation of the year award at the 2016 JazzFM awards.
The project could be said to represent a synthesis of both the roots and shoots of Project 23’s 90s explorations. It’s therefore fitting that this night’s guest collaborator will be none other than Marque ‘the innamost’ Gilmore. Expect the unexpected!
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Soom T is an Indian artist born and raised in Scotland creating songs within the Reggae, Hiphop, Folk, Electronic and Dub genres with various experimentations centered around activist intent, spiritual enlightenment, soul evolution and unique sound wave generation and manipulation utiilising the voice, word power, rhythm & melody for inner cosmic tremor inducement.
David X one of the most unique talents from France is a “one-man band” who has practiced beat-boxing for 20 years and mastered all of the possibilities offered by the voice. He imitates talking drums, congas, darbuka, tabla, brass, bass and the list is still long! He will be collaborating with Bangalore Dreams by Jyotsna Srikanth and will be adding his beat boxing to contemporary Indian music. Jyotsna Srikanth is the most sought after South Indian violinist in Europe and composer known for her versatility and ability to collaborate with different genres seamlessly and with ease. She has flourished as a performer and composer, exploring lush ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of world music & contemporary flavours.
Soulful Singer with a mixed Culture that creates Mixed Genre with a Ukulele and Electric Guitar. Her freestyling and charismatic way with an audience is an art form! Inventor of Opera Reggae!
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Carnatic classical vocal with Parur MS Ananthakrishnan on the Violin and Balakumar Paramalingam on the Mridangam.
Rithvik is a versatile and accomplished musician. Being the prime disciple of Vidvan Shri TM Krishna, his music is fresh, vibrant and spontaneous with a natural flair. He works closely with a number of organisations to create awareness for the arts, which include Svanubhava, Madrasika and YACM. He is the proud recipient of many government grants and scholarships including the CCRT and Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Carnatic vocal recital with Parur MS Ananthakrishnan on the Violin and Balakumar Paramalingam on the Mridangam
A talented vocalist from south India, Vamshi has been working with many internationally renowned musicians, dancers and dance teachers for their performances and productions, been a part of several creative music and dance projects not only in the U.K, but also in the other parts of Europe, Canada.
Adesh’s love for Carnatic music has been nurtured from a very young age His initial training was with Sri Sampath Kumar Acharya from the age of five and since 2009 has been learning from his current guru Smt. Mala Mohan. A third year student of medicine at University College London, As a result of the time and dedication that he has put into this art form, he has won the Watford music festival for five consecutive years between 2008 and 2013. He is also a regular at various temples in London during festivals such as the Thyagaraja Utsavam.
A Carnatic music ensemble composed and conducted by Vamshikrishna Vishnudas
This group presents Classical Fusion, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Indian Folk Dancing.
Dr Guruprasad Patwal, a General Practitioner in Doncaster and Yogindra Maravanthe, an Aerospace Engineer at Bristol.Yakshagana is a theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, elaborate costumes, colourful make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form mainly found in the coastal districts of Karnataka in India. The stories are based on epics like Mahabharata ,Ramayana and Bhagavata.At LIAF Kamsa Vadhe (Killing of Kamsa) is presented from the Indian Mythological Epic Mahabharatha, where Evil Kamsa foresees his death in a dream and meets his end at the hands of Lord Krishna..
South Indian choral music from Dhruv Arts. They have been presented since 2004, and have nearly offered 80 concerts to date, comprises of children singing chants with western orchestration. The children will be presenting Sanskrit chants with western orchestration directed by Jyotsna Srikanth.
£15 – £40
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Niladri Kumar is a rare instrumentalist honing a unique repertoire that ranges from classical compositions on the Sitar to electrifying rendition on his own innovation the ‘Zitar’.
Jyotsna is the most sought after South Indian Carnatic violinist in Europe and composer known for her versatility and ability to collaborate with different genres seamlessly and with ease.
£14.50 – £19.50 / Savers £9.50
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