This is an extraordinary opportunity to see Peter perform classic songs from his repertoire with a 46-piece orchestra - guaranteed to be an intimate and captivating experience. As reported by Nige Tassel from last months' performance in London "The New Blood Orchestra were simply superb. Under the energetic conductorship of Ben Foster, they pushed and pulled, soared and plummeted....dispensing with the traditional weapons of the rock armoury - no guitar, bass or drums - Peter's lyrics were exposed and laid bare, often taking new meaning with the passing of the years."
There's a limited amount of time to enter the competition - you must submit your answer to the multiple choice question by 12.00 noon EST on 3rd June 2011. To win you will need to answer the question correctly, specify your choice of venue, and enter the name of the friend you will be taking with you. The winners will be contacted via email on the 4th of June 2011.
Photograph: York Tillyer
"Simmering, jazzy horn arrangements, uncompromising vocals from Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe and Mykaell Riley and the insistent pulse of the rhythm section combine to mesmerising effect."
The Sunday Times
"An intriguing, inspired set."
The Daily Mirror
"Ethiopia coming through", goes the shout on Dub Colossus's reworking of "Uptown Top Ranking", and that might be the theme for the whole album."
The Financial Times
"On their second album, Nick Page plus English and Ethiopian collaborators have created an even more cohesive and enjoyable mix of dub reggae, jazzy would-be movie music and Éthiopiques-style funk and balladry."
This week's free download is from Chinese flautist, Guo Yue.
Guo Yue's hauntingly aching music illustrates an evocative journey through the life of the musician, composer and cook.
"In ancient Chinese philosophy, life is about four things: sadness, happiness, being apart and being together. Looking back on my childhood as the youngest son of a violinist, growing up in a large musical family in the alleys of Beijing, I would agree with this old saying." Guo Yue
This week we are travelling east to bring you Sevara Nazarkhan from Uzbekistan - the central Asian country famed for its long cultural history, its importance on the ancient Silk Road and for its famous city of Samarkand, which finally emerged as sovereign state in 1991, after more than a century of Soviet rule.
Sevara Nazarkhan has a healthy respect for tradition and a penchant for sonic experimentation, the pint-sized diva from 21st Century Uzbekistan does... things her way.
Click on 'Free Music Downloads' from the menu to the left to access the downloads.
Today marks the third week of our Free Music Giveaway. A new track has been unlocked and is ready for download in the 'Free Music Downloads' area on our Facebook page.
This week we are heading down into South America to celebrate a powerful singer from the heart of Colombia. Toto La Momposina's music is rootsy and arresting, graceful and polished - a musical meeting point of Africa, Spain and the indigenous Indian population.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale 10am local time on the March 30th 2011, but you need to be quick as the offer will only last until 10pm local time on the April 1st 2011. The pre-sale tickets are password protected - the password is the same for all ticket vendors (see below for password).
The general public tickets go on sale at 10am local time on April 2nd 2011.
Hold on for purchase details for the VIP packages untill tomorrow. We will keep you updated here or on the Facebook page.
It's Monday, and week two of our free music giveaway… Thanks for the great response to the Remmy Ongala track last week.
A new free track has been made available - 'Porcupine' from American artist 'Joseph Arthur'. The track has been unlocked and can be download in the the 'Free Music Download's' area.
Joseph Arthur is a bard of our times. Junk all those fiddle-dee-dee connotations, negate any sense of antiquity you associate with the word, and reach for its true essence. It is something beyond the singer-songwriter, a term too broad to do justice to the passion with which he performs.
Now in their third year, the Songlines Music Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the wealth of outstanding musical talent from across the world that has been reviewed in Songlines Magazine. The Creole Choir of Cuba has been recognised for the extraordinary impact they have made in the past year with a nomination in the Best Newcomer category. Following the release of Tande-la on Real World they have toured successfully in the UK and Europe and are currently in Australia with America to follow later in the summer. Beyond Songlines Magazine the group have received rapturous responses to both their recording and live shows.
"... sublimely blended vocals and rousing carnival rhythms.... their remarkable album, Tande-La (which translates as "listen"), is a rich and eclectic melting-pot that earned them critical applause far beyond world music circles." The Times UK
Live dates have been booked, award nominations received for the album, 'The Road To Damascus', remixes commissioned and a 12" vinyl designed…
We are delighted to announce that Syriana have been nominated for a 2011 Songlines Music Award in the Newcomer category with the album 'The Road To Damascus'. The winner, to be selected by the Songlines editorial team, will be published in the June issue, on sale April 29. Good luck!
Syriana has also been nominated for an award in Germany - the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (The German Record Critics' Award) - set up to recognize high standards in music recordings.
The band will take their intoxicating brew of Arabic and Western music to UK music venues in the spring, complete with a striking visual backdrop from filmmaker Nico Piazza. If Syriana is coming your way, don't miss the opportunity to see what The Guardian cited as "One of the highlights of this summer's WOMAD (2010) … the rousing debut performance by the UK-Middle Eastern band Syriana"; and Songlines Magazine agreed that "… the album's highly evocative and atmospheric pieces were transcribed very effectively to the stage".
|8 April||Bracknell, South Hill Park||Info & Tickets|
|4 May||Basingstoke, The Haymarket||Info & Tickets|
|7 May||London South Bank Centre, Purcell Room||Info & Tickets|
|8 May||Norwich Arts Centre||Event Info|
July may seem like a long way off, but tickets are already on sale for Syriana's concert at Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. This is a very special event, where Syriana are joined by Ensemble 10/10, the contemporary music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell and playing arrangements composed especially for this concert.
|7th July||Liverpool Philharmonic Hall||Info & Tickets here|
To complete the Syriana collection, coming soon is a 12" vinyl, 'A Life In Film', featuring two tracks from 'The Road To Damascus' plus four remixes.
Syriana have themselves been commissioned to undertake two remixes: for Natacha Atlas's 'Ghoroub' (from her latest album Mounqaliba) to be released by Six Degrees Records in USA May 2011; and Eccodek's track 'Words with the Griot, due for release in USA and Canada later this year.
Since it was formed as a record label back in 1989 Real World has been exploring the world's music. Our logo has always been the colour bar - each of the bands representing a different region of the world. We have worked with some extraordinary artists over the years. This is an opportunity to make some new discoveries from our wonderful archives. We are giving away free music every week from each of the colour bar regions for the next nine weeks.
A new track will be made available for download every Monday at 12 noon GMT, starting from the 21/03/11.
See a full release schedual below:
|04/04/11||Toto La Momposina||South America|
|11/04/11||Sevara Nazarkhan||Asia 1|
|18/04/11||Guo Yeo||Asia 2|
|16/05/11||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan||Indian Subcont.|