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Original Voices #1 with Zena Edwards

Original Voices : Club Inégales Summer Series

Peter Wiegold’s Club Inégales launches it’s Summer 2015 season of concerts 18 June – 23 July 2015.

Peter writes:

“One of the things our Club Inégales regulars love most is discovering new performers and cultures in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of our subterranean bar. Our up-coming Original Voices season does this par excellence! Celebrating the global cultural kaleidoscope available right here in the UK.

We open with the extraordinary storytelling poet Zena Edwards (Thur 18 June) accompanying herself on the African mbira. A week later we welcome internationally renowned pi’pa and guqin virtuoso Cheng Yu (Thur 25 June) together with Wang Xiao (erhu) and Mengmeng Wu (guzheng) plus a special appearance distinguished Chinese writer and advocate Xinran, author of the best selling China Witness – Voices From a Silent Generation.

Inimitable English composer Howard Skempton (Thur 9 July) will bring his accordion, sing and we will rework both his Lament and the delightful song Trapeze. This will be followed by the joyous collaboration of outstanding kora player Sura Susso and brilliant violinist Max Baillie (Thur 16 July). Anyone whose seen these two live will know what a treat we’re in for. Finally we celebrate the important influence of North Indian music on contemporary British culture with singer Ranjana Ghatak (Thur 23 July).

Original Voices also heralds the start of our search for the next generation of original musical artists from across traditions with the launch of Academy Inégales – a unique year-long artist development programme mentored by Original Voices guest artists, commencing Autumn 2015. Want to find out more? Come along, watch and meet the artists as well as Club Inégales and Institute of Composing staff.

So, Original Voices in three senses: Deep musical lineage (I didn’t know whose is the oldest, but Sura Susso’s tradition dates to the 14th Century) then showing these artists creating original new music, in the final set together with resident ensemble Notes Inégales. Finally, by supporting the next generation of artists. All three integral parts of the Club Inégales tradition.”

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