Grand Union Youth Orchestra of East London
During the first half of the evening witness world-class musicians leading some of East London’s finest young performers in an ensemble that will change the way you think about world music in the UK. Combining Indian ragas and Turkish melodies with Latin rhythms and African drums, this youth orchestra says “Yes!” to everything and makes it work. Immersed in elements of music that span the globe, this ensemble is outfitted with instruments from all cultures, including saz, sarangi, sitar, and steel pan. Mix in a spicy percussion section of tabla, dohl, Djembe and congas, serve it up with bluesy solos and riffs from brass, winds and strings – the Grand Union Youth Orchestra of East London turns your conception of ‘world music’ and ‘youth orchestra’ on its head.
Players include Haydn Newland (UK) – concert harp, Ketan Kerai (Bangladesh) – sarangi and tabla, Gunes Cerit (Turkey) – saz, George Webster (UK) – clarinet, sax, piano, Jonathan Andre (UK) – djembe, vocals, sax, Kome Eleyae (UK) – bass, Shakeel Khan (Bangladesh) – dolak, sitar, Demetris Yiasemides (Greece) – flute, trombone, Lilia Ioncheva (Bulgaria) – percussion, Alex Gagatsis (Greece) – percussion.
Spirit of Carnival
The second half of the concert celebrates an unashamed affirmation of the carnival spirit featuring world-class jazz players and musicians of the Grand Union Carnival Band taking the audience on a journey from Central America, via Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America and back to the Caribbean. The music is joyous and upbeat, incorporating a wide range of dance rhythms from calypso and reggae through township and hi-life to bhangra and Bollywood. Steel pans and panpipes lock horns with dhol and dijeridu, while stunning jazz improvisation surfs the infectious dance rhythms that will inevitably have you on your feet!
The band includes Claude Deppa (trumpet, congas); Yousuf Ali Khan (tabla, dholak); Louise Elliott (tenor saxophone, flute); Gerry Hunt (guitar, bass guitar, sax); Tony Haynes (piano, trombone); Josefina Cupido (drums, voice).
Date and time
13 December 2008
This is now a past event.
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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