Alash Ensemble bring their incredible throat singing and traditional Tuvan music to Rich Mix this September.
Alash Ensemble is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of throat singing (xöömei) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. Alash remains grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West.
All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. In 1999, as students at Kyzyl Arts College, they formed a group called Changy-Xaya. They practiced in the damp college basement on Kochetovo Street, and soon became the resident traditional ensemble on campus. At the same time they learned about western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America.
Under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), Alash began to forge a new musical identity. They introduced the guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments. They experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.
Mon 23 Sep
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Wed 14 Aug
From Johnson City Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter whose influences span decades and diverse styles. Combining rhythm and blues, country and old-time covers alongside startling originals with an angular contemporary twist, she bestrides both musical spheres with complete authenticity and an authority matched only by her commanding stage presence. Channelled through her massively expressive voice, her richly layered repertoire confirms Amythyst's emergence as a hugely distinctive new artist who is currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
She’s set for another big year and has just released a fantastic new track called Black Myself as part of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Alli Russell which explores the historical experience of black women in the US. It’s written and sung by Amythyst and is a hugely powerful anthem-in-waiting.
Wed 14 Aug
Prices to be confirmed
Thoughtful experimental electronic tunes from the Margate-based producer and vocalist.
Tue 26 Nov
Oh hey, I didn't see you there, I was too busy getting lost in Art School Girlfriend's cotton-candy-cloud soundscapes. Her daydream-inducing tracks are like lullabies for your wike awake mind. Despite being raised on new wave, she does an incredible job of making dream-pop her shtick. There are nods to her past life fronting a shoegaze band with darker, gothic elements creeping in here and there like a nightmare waiting to interrupt your coveted sleep cycle. This is an 18+ event (Photo ID required).
Tue 26 Nov
Critically-acclaimed pianist/composer Helen Anahita Wilson joins forces with renowned international tabla master Ustad Shahbaz Hussain for a night of composed, indeterminate, and improvised intercultural music from their debut album 'DIWAN.'
Combining both Western and Eastern musical sensibilities to stunning effect, Hussain all of which serves to create an inimitable soundscape. Expect driving Punjabi rhythms, Persian melodies, transcendent harmonies and a brand new musical alchemy.
"Hypnotic" - Qwest TV
"One to watch" - Jazzwise Magazine
Thu 22 Aug
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Fri 28 Jun
- Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
- Cast: David Benson, Oliver Chris, James Corden
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Thu 26 Sep
Park Jiha stunned audiences and critics alike with her Glitterbeat album Communion, described by The Guardian as ‘new music for ancient instruments’.
She returns with her second Glitterbeat release Philos, which looks to the future while conversing with a rich instrumental language from the past.
*‘With one foot in traditional Korean music, and another in modern iterations of minimalism and ambient, Park Jiha created hypnotic streams of sound’ *(The Wire)
Pushing at the boundaries of traditional and contemporary, Park Jiha creates absolute lucidity when she wants to and complete disorientation when she does not' (The Quietus)
Thu 17 Oct
Prices to be confirmed
Project MishraM is progressive Carnatic Fusion band from Bangalore, India named 'Project MIshram'. The music represents an amalgamation of genres from the West such as Rock, Jazz, Reggae and EDM, centered around Indian classical music.
Wed 10 Jul
From Charjya-Pod to modern Bangla music, leading singers of West-Bengal and Bangladeshi origin celebrate the glorious journey of Bangla music. The session features the finest interpreter of Indian classical music in the West Srimati Chandra Chakraborty, a versatile interpreter of Bengali music Gouri Chowdhury and a talented semi-classical singer Amith Dey. T M Ahmed Kaysher will present the show, with translation and relevant introduction on the history and background of this sublime form of world music.
The unique and the highest qulity feastival of Bengali music outside India is returning to London for seventh year this year.
The event is supported by Tower Hamlets Council.
- Link for the session at Poplar Union:
2. Link for the session at Rich Mix
- Link for the session at Kobi Nazrul centre:
Sun 22 Sep
A rare and exotic presentation of Bengali ancient rural theatre in English narrative incorporating captivating myths, fairy-tales, visceral folk music and dazzling dance in a stunning theatrical setting. This ancient Bengali opera tells the story of Rahim, a young boy, who is destined to be married to an older girl Rupban in order to avoid a fatal curse.
Inspired by the Greek story of Oedipus this beautiful Bengali folk ballad explores the conflict between free-will and fatalism, combining traditional Western storytelling with the captivating melodies of Bengali folk music. A performance guaranteed to transport you to a rural village of Bengal, to lie beneath its traditional storytelling spot; a Banyan tree draped in hundreds of lanterns.
The story is adapted and directed by T M Ahmed Kaysher
Please contact 07828190551 for more detail on the event.
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Rich Mix, based in Shoreditch, has a three screen cinema and a range of performance spaces.
It is a charity and social enterprise which provides a large number of free event tickets and surpluses are used to support local education, arts and community activities.
Based in a 62,000 sq ft former leather factory, it occupies five floors and is home to over 20 creative organisation alongside the cinema and event spaces.
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