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Gypsy / East European Night : Melange
Leader Shirley Smart formed the Melange ensemble after spending 10 years in Jerusalem playing and studying the music of the region.
This stunning world music ensemble brings together popular North African rai and chaabi songs, Gnawa music of the South Moroccan desert, exotic Middle Eastern and Turkish melodies and improvisations, lively Balkan dances, Central Asian folk melodies, across to the fiery Tango of Argentina and the street music of Brazilian choro infused with jazz-inspired improvisation into their own unique take on traditional repertoire.
Their last gig at the Vortex was described by a regular attendee as "one of the best musical experiences I have ever had." It really was stirring and beautiful - do see them now in an intimate venue while you still can!
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Formed in 2009 by world music and jazz cellist Shirley Smart, Melange are a fiery and exciting group of musicians with a huge range of music, from the Gnawa music of the south Moroccan desert, popular North African rai and chaabi songs, exotic Middle Eastern and Turkish melodies and improvisations, through Central Asia, to the fiery Tango of Argentina and the street Choro of Brazil,taking in the occasional Balkan tune and jazz number on the way.
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Venue: The Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
N16 8JH 51.549320, -0.076502
Phone: 020 7254 4097
→ Dalston Kingsland 1 min walk