WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: 25th – 31st May
Wednesday 27th May – 7pm – £8
Indigo Live: John Sterckx
Jon Sterckx is an innovative world music percussionist equally at home with traditional & contemporary music forms. Jon plays a range of percussion instruments and has worked across a wide range of musical styles, from Indian classical music to contemporary experimental & ‘fusion’ styles, theatre & dance collaborations, and his solo multi-percussion Live Sampling / Live Looping performances – Drumscapes.
In his solo Drumscapes performances, Jon creates multi layered, highly energised rhythmic soundscapes. He skillfully brings traditional instruments and rhythms from around the world together with 21st Century performance tools, live audio processing and sound manipulation in a truly unique and innovative delivery. All instruments are played, sampled, mixed & processed live on stage in a synthesis of traditional musicianship and live electronics.
The result is a unique blend of rhythmic soundscapes, bouncy world rhythms & high energy drumming.
As well as performing at venues, festivals, melas and cultural events across the UK, Jon’s Drumscapes performances have been profiled and featured by major music software company Ableton and have also been included in the global conference foundation, TED, with a performance at TEDxWarwick in 2012. Jon’s performance of Dhaginatak at TEDxWarwick was selected for their Global Music Project – “In the spirit of Ideas worth spreading, the TEDx Global Music Project will compile and share the best musical performances from the over 5000 TEDx events around the world.” Jon’s Drumscapes performance is one of just 10 performances selected within the Worldbeats category: http://tedxhuntsville.com/tedxglobalmusicproject/category/worldbeats/
“Jon provides a unique journey through all quarters of the world built around his inter-continental range of drums: tablas, riq, darabuka, vocal percussion, and much more! He is the creator of magnificent soundscapes that will transport you into an unmissable musical nirvana!” – DJ Ritu – DJ, radio presenter, world music pioneer.
Jazz at Karamel: Dick Pearce & Dave Mitchell
Dick Pearce (tpt), Dave Mitchell (ten sax), Pete Whittaker (organ), Stu Butterfield (d)
Author, educator, and wonderfully lyrical trumpeter Dick Pearce is perhaps best known for his work in the Ronnie Scott Quintet from 1980 to1994. For some inexplicable reason he is still not as celebrated as he should be.
“Tremendously talented – I called home to a couple of friends about him” – Oscar Peterson.
Dick is joined by regular associate, the underrated Dave Mitchell on tenor sax, while the
versatile and highly gifted Pete Whittaker on organ makes up the rhythm section with
house drummer Stu Butterfield.
Friday 29th May – 1pm – FREE
Live Lunchtime Music
Aldwin Johnson performs a soulful, Ibiza style chill out set every Friday lunchtime from 1pm.
A monthly night of African dance music run by DJ & Producer Guy Morley, the founder and Director of No Nation. Having worked for over 10 years as a promoter and programmer at national venues including The Brighton Dome & Festival, Band in the Wall (Manchester), and The Big Chill Festival, Guy has booked some of the biggest musical talents on the planet including Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen. Recognised as a specialist in African music he has researched and written extensively on East Africa for the British Council. He co-hosts the long-running radio show AfroBase for totallyradio, the UK’s longest running internet radio station, and has recorded and produced music across Africa and the UK. He is currently working with Grace Jones on her new Afrobeat-influenced album.
Guy and guest DJs will be spinning the very best in African music.
Last Friday of the month. FREE entry.
Saturday 30th May – 11am – FREE
Sunday 31st May – 7pm – FREE
Reggae Sunday Sessions with Live DJs and Acts