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Iarla Ó Lionáird previews his new album, Foxlight, at the Galway Arts Festival, July 19

Iarla Ó Lionáird's new album, Foxlight, will be released early this Autumn. Foxlight shimmers with versatility and is one of Ó Lionáird's most organic and naturalistic records to date. Instrumentation and layers are embedded in each song, but ultimately it's about Ó Lionáird's exquisite, sonically unique voice. This concert is a special preview show of this new release.

Published 19th Jul 2011 »

Aurelio Returns To Europe

We are delighted welcome Honduran rising star, Aurelio, for a run of concerts and festivals, including WOMAD, Paleo and Etnosur.

On Saturday 23rd July, Aurelio performs in London at the Barbican's Blaze Festival, joining Danyel Waro and Carlou D for an evening of fresh and emerging global voices.

Aurelio is a WOMAD Charlton Park festival highlight with two performances over the weekend, Friday on the Charlie Gillett Stage and Saturday in the Siam Tent.

Aurelio's new album 'Laru Beya' has been described as '…one of the albums of the year so far' (The Guardian), "... just beautiful" (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) and '…an outstanding, surprise-filled offering' (The Observer).

Published 13th Jul 2011, 11:12pm »

Syriana and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The combination of Syriana and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra last week was a musical experience to be savored. The concert, part of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, featured some terrific orchestral arrangements of Syriana's music by Ian Stephens, and the Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell provided the symphonic punch that complemented Syriana's evocative sound.

Niccolo Piazza's films created a backdrop of images which ranged from the psychedelic to the eerily beautiful, with vivid shots of sculpted sand dunes, rolling desert skies.

Published 11th Jul 2011, 1:40pm »

Syriana Orchestral Debut Performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Bringing their intoxicating brew of Arabic and Western music to Liverpool Philharmonic, complete with a striking visual backdrop from filmmaker Nico Piazza, this unique concert debuts arrangements composed especially for the performance, which sees Syriana joined by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This event on Thursday 7 July is a unique opportunity to see a dramatic meeting of Middle East and West - a powerful and cinematic experience in which the emotional narrative drama of Syriana's music is taken to new heights through the orchestral collaboration.

Fresh from their nomination for a 2011 Songlines Music Award as Best Newcomer with their album 'The Road To Damascus', and a second nomination for the prestigious German award Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (The German Record Critics' Award - set up to recognize high standards in music recordings), Syriana's highly acclaimed evocative and atmospheric pieces are effectively transcribed to a live stage performance.

Now released 'A life in film' Syriana on glorious vinyl featuring 6 tracks not available on the original CD. Buy the vinyl from our shop.

Published 30th Jun 2011, 9:31am »

Direct from Addis - Introducing Samuel Yirga

An exciting young pianist from Ethiopia, Samuel Yirga first became known through his outstanding playing with Dub Colossus. Against the odds, Samuel found his way to music school in Addis Ababa and this rising young star is now re-writing contemporary Ethiopian music for the new generation . Experimenting with Jazz, Latin, the traditional songs and sounds of his country's roots and more contemporary Ethiojazz, Samuel's remarkable talent shines. His new recordings are bold and sensitive, often improvised, always deeply impassioned.

Samuel will be performing at WOMAD Charlton Park and festival goers will have the chance to discover his first solo release - a limited edition CD showcasing his remarkable playing.

Published 17th Jun 2011, 12:50pm »

Spiro recording in the Big Room...

The extraordinary Spiro were weaving their magic in the Big Room studio last week. They are recording a second album for Real World Records with their usual breathtaking playing and heart-breaking melodies.

Photograph: York Tillyer

Published 14th Jun 2011, 1:53pm »

'In Trance' by JuJu out now

JuJu is Justin Adams (electric guitar, bendir, backing vocals), Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, ritti, talking drum), Billy Fuller (bass) and Dave Smith (drums, percussion). Their new album 'In Trance' has been recorded live to capture the spirit of JuJu's electric performances on stage - channelling trancey rhythms from traditional Africa, leftfield jazz and the wilder end of rock. The enthusiastic reaction to their live work outs have now been reflected in outstanding reviews of this new album.


"Avant-jazz dub-trance grooves."





The Independent

"... Adams and Camara interact with extraordinary intuition."




The Guardian

"...Hot stuff"


Evening Standard

Published 13th Jun 2011, 10:07am »

Musician Guo Yue tells the story of his childhood during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Guo Yue's 2006 release on Real World Records 'Music, Food and Love' paints a vivid picture of a remarkable life in China during the Cultural Revolution. The hauntingly aching music on this CD charts an evocative journey through the life of the musician, composer and cook. Yue wrote an accompanying memoir of the same name including nostalgic photographs and mouth-watering recipe's from his childhood.

His personal story is extraordinary. 'On The Rubble of My Home, I Played My Flute: A Memoir in Music and Sound by Guo Yue' will be broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3's Between The Ears series on 11 June at 21.15.

Published 9th Jun 2011, 2:26pm »

Creole Choir of Cuba American debut performance at BAM in Brooklyn - Sat, 4th June

Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 8pm

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

As part of the ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, BAM will present the historic US premiere of The Creole Choir of Cuba. Comprised of descendants of Haitian migrants, the Grammy-nominated group resurrects the half-heard voices and unsung songs lost to the official soundtrack of a nation.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see the truly authentic expression of the Creole population of Cuba. Prepare to be blown away by the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these ten inspiring vocalists.



"... sublimely blended vocals and rousing carnival rhythms earned a rapturous welcome."





Press review from: The Times (UK)


"... extraordinarily fiery performances."





Press review from: limelight (Australia)



"..heroic...romantic, uplifting the soul."





Press review from: The List (UK)

Published 3rd Jun 2011, 12:04pm »

JuJu Reviewed on BBC World Routes

On Saturday's World Routes programme on BBC Radio 3, JuJu's new album 'In Trance' was reviewed by journalists John L Walters, Sue Steward and the programme's presenter, Lucy Duran. You can listen again until Saturday 4 June. The JuJu discussion is about 28 minutes into the programme, but World Routes is always a good listen - this edition featuring a session with Malian balafon player Fode Lassana Diabate and a round up of what's on offer at this summer's festivals.

'In Trance' is released on 13th June, find out more about the album here.

JuJu perform at Sunrise Celebration in Somerset this weekend, for more details click here.

Published 31st May 2011, 1:33pm »