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Sun 18th May at 2:00pm
Explorations Weekend: The Sound Of Nonesuch Records Session Four
@ Barbican Centre, London
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Explorations: The Sound Of Nonesuch Records: Explorations Weekend: The Sound Of Nonesuch Records Session Four: Natalie Merchant, Sam Amidon, Rhiannon Giddens, Olivia Chaney, Iarla O Lionaird, Kronos Quartet, Crash Ensemble
Traditional and contemporary music collide in two unique collaborations
Programme to include:
Donnacha Dennehy Grá agus Bás
Traditional Folk Songs
Ireland’s leading new music ensemble, Crash Ensemble is joined by vocalist Iarla O’Lionaird (The Gloaming, Afro Celt Sound System) in a unique encounter between traditional sean-nós songs and adventurous classical arrangements.
In the last 40 years, the boundless creativity of Kronos Quartet has brought them to collaborate with numerous artists from very different musical traditions – including Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Azeri master vocalist Alim Qasimov and Romanian gypsy band Taraf de Haïdouks.
Today’s exclusive new commission sees Kronos delve deep into the American folk songbook, as they team up for the first time with some of the most celebrated roots artists within the Nonesuch family.
Former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs who left the band in August 1993 to pursue a solo career. Throughout her career Merchant has had tremendous popular and critical success. She has earned a place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer. Q has called her 'Among the most compelling and distinctive voices of the last decade', while Vogue has said she is 'One of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the eighties - intact and uncompromised'.
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Young Vermont-born folk singer Sam Amidon sings, plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, and can count in binary code on his hands really fast.
Sam Amidon tour dates
An acoustic singer / songwriter from North Carolina who is also a member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops.
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Gifted folk singer who conjures dark-eyed sailors, damsels in distress and rakish knights from an Indian harmonium and steelstring guitar.
'A star in the making' (The Independent).
Olivia Chaney tour dates
Perhaps best known for his involvement in the Afro Celts Sound System of which he is a member, as well as his solo work where he tours his own multimedia show, backed up by projected computer-generated imagery.
Iarla O Lionaird tour dates
Probably most widely known for their work on the soundtracks to the films Requiem For A Dream and 21 Grams, Kronos Quartet boast over 30 years of work, collaborating with all manner of composers from all over the world, resulting in an extremely versatile catalogue of works and constantly astounding live performances.
Kronos Quartet are David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Jennifer Culp, and may well be the most profound modern string quartet in the world.
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Venue: Barbican Centre
Phone: 0207 638 8891
→ Barbican 4 min walk