St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG 30 June, 8pm
Rachel Beckles Willson – vocals, oud
Francesco Iannuzzelli – guitar, oud, rubab
Ciro Montanari – tabla
Kostas Tsarouchis – double bass
Evgenios Voulgaris – yayli tanbur
What connects the stories of a Gambian rapper, an exiled Italian writer and an English-Irish composer? And how might they encounter two Greek musicians, a London-born poetess and the Indian tabla?
This concert of traditional, newly-composed and improvised music draws together a remarkable array of performers to respond to the extraordinary times in which Europe is living today.
The programme opens with modal music of the Mediterranean, and we are thrilled to be joined by one of Europe’s leading modal multi-instrumentalists, Evgenios Voulgaris. It will feature the world premiere of Sing no Sad Songs for Me by Rachel Beckles Willson, a song cycle drawing modal and Indian music into the world of 19th-century London, allowing us to hear to our inter-connected past afresh. The evening will open a space to listen to new crossings: musical improvisations in response to stories and songs by young Africans recently arrived in Europe.
Full details and booking information: https://artsagainstslavery.org/crossings/