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Snake Davis

 

As part of Leeds Music Festival 2017, Seven Jazz will be branching out from Chapel Allerton into the City Centre on Thurs 3 Aug with a programme made up of six live performances and an educational workshop.

Millennium Square will be hosting a range of free music throughout the day and the Carriageworks Theatre will play host to two ticketed events including; How to Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide with Dom Moore. Dom is a Leeds based pianist, guitarist, drummer and jazz tutor, and an expert in helping people take their first steps in jazz playing and improvisation. The two hour workshop will help beginners and less experienced musicians on their own path to growth. Dom will cover some core components of what you need to begin to play this wonderful style of music.

Dom Moore

Headliner Snake Davis is regarded as one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today. Expect to hear anything from jazz standards to a Michael Jackson or Prince hit and lots in-between. An alumnus from Leeds College of Music he has long been in demand by some of the biggest names on the British scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas. He has recorded and performed live with such stars as Paul McCartney and Kyle Minogue.

Jazz Leeds Festival is at Millennium Square and Carriageworks Theatre on Thurs 3 July. 

All the Millennium Square Jazz events are free.

Tickets for How to Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide with Dom Moore and Snake Davis Band are available from 0113 376 0318, online through the website at carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall.

 

 

 

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Palestine Jazz: Nai Barghouti and Mohamed Najem & Friends at Howard Assembly Room

 

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and Jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine join forces at Howard Assembly Room on Thurs 27 July.

Nai Barghouti captured hearts last year when she toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, at sold out concerts across the UK. This year, she returns with some of the most inspiring young performers in Palestine today. Members of the Awan Quartet, Palestinian street band Al Raseef, and top session musicians, join her in ‘Moments’, a specially curated cycle featuring well known Palestinian and Arabic songs and a couple of Nai’s original works.

Mohamed Najem & Friends have quickly become favourites of the Paris jazz scene, performing in festivals throughout France including the prestigious La Defense Jazz Festival, as well as international dates in Qatar and Gabon, and Mohamed’s solo appearances in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both musicians move effortlessly between Arabic music and jazz, reinterpreting the music of the Middle East in a new musical language.

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Palestine Jazz: A unique double bill tours the UK

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and Jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine join on stage.

Nai Barghouti captured hearts last year when she toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, at sold out concerts across the UK. This year, she returns with some of the most inspiring young performers in Palestine today.  Members of the Awan Quartet, Palestinian street band Al Raseef, and top session musicians, join her in ‘Moments’, a specially curated cycle featuring well known Palestinian and Arabic songs and a couple of Nai’s original works.

Mohamed Najem & Friends have quickly become favourites of the Paris jazz scene, performing in festivals throughout France including the prestigious La Defense Jazz Festival, as well as international dates in Qatar and Gabon, and Mohamed’s solo appearances in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both musicians move effortlessly between Arabic music and jazz, respelling the music of the Middle East in a new musical language.

WATCH: PALESTINE JAZZ 2017 TRAILER

Nai Barghouti ejects as much into a single note as most vocalists manage in a whole song “

THE SCOTSMAN, 2016

 

 

Nai Barghouti, singer, composer and flute player said:

 

“Palestine Jazz means a lot to me, not only as a musician but also as a Palestinian raised with the brutality of war. The wall, the checkpoints, the racism and the anger might set limits on our freedom, but honest dreams can never be broken. Bringing together some of the most versatile musicians in Palestine, and also from the Netherlands, Korea, Tunisia and Suriname, to blend the sounds of Arabic music and jazz is definitely one of those honest dreams. This tour represents not only our passion in music, but also our will to make a difference and overcome barriers.”

 

 

Mohamed Najem, composer and clarinettist said:

 

“This has been an exciting year for our band. We’ve been performing all over France, but also in Gabon, and I’ve had solo shows in Germany and Belgium as well as in London and Birmingham. We’re proud to be supporting UNICEF and MSF in their work with people affected by the crisis in Syria, and to be sharing the show with some of the most exciting young musicians in Palestine, many of whom I have known personally for years. We are doing something different on this tour. It is exciting to be building on the work done by the Palestine Youth Orchestra last year, a special group that many of us were part of as performers and soloists.”

 

 

Tim Pottier, Director of NiNi Productions said:

 

“After being involved in the production of several Palestinian music tours in the UK and internationally, it became clear that audiences loved what they were hearing. Again and again, they wanted to be part of the tremendously positive energy they were experiencing. For this generation of Palestinian musicians, playing is never about turning up on stage just to deliver the music. There is a drive to be recognised on the international stage, an endless passion to show the wealth and depth of Palestinian music. Tariq Emam and I launched NiNi Productions not only to promote this rich Palestinian music, but also to raise funds for work with those affected by the crisis in Syria.”

 

 

Palestine Jazz tour Dates

 

Wed 26 July, 7.30pm

RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester Tel: 0161 9075555

 

Thu 27 July, 7.45pm

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Tel: 0113 243 9999

 

Fri 28 July, 7.30pm

Town Hall Birmingham Tel: 0121 7803333

 

Sat 29 July, 7.30pm

St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh

 

Tue 1 August, 8.00pm

Union Chapel, London

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Thrones and Tomes: Westeros is Coming!

 

With its backstabbing, bloody battles and dragons, Game of Thrones is back! And, to celebrate, Leeds Central Library’s Room 700 is transforming into a medieval-style marketplace where you can discover more about the myths, legends and real-life history that inspired the award-winning books and TV show.

You can expect on the day –

Armour demonstrations

Talks from the University of Leeds about royal women in power and medieval medicine

The opportunity to handle and view centuries old books that tell the story of some of the real life events behind the fantasy

Medieval and Renaissance music from the Leeds Waits and lutist Peter Bollada

Game of Thrones inspired activities and games for all the family

…and much more

Room 700, Leeds Central Library

22 July 2017, 12-4pm

Entry is £3 or free if you come in costume, with the best-dressed being crowned King or Queen of Westeros.

Book your tickets here

 

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Dom Pipkin ‘Smokin’ Boogie’: Tales of the Big Easy at Salvo’s

One of the UK’s best-kept piano secrets, Dom Pipkin, brings his solo show to Salvo’s Restaurant and Salumeria on Sunday, 30th July.

Dom’s show has been a huge success in the West End’s Phoenix Artist Club, and tells the story of “Bad boys, bourbon, and the Big Easy”; the tragic and inspirational stories of characters such as Jelly Roll Morton, Dr John, Professor Longhair, and the “Purple Prince of the Piano” – James Booker.

 

Pipkin has performed extensively in New Orleans, and shared stages with international icons Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.  Grammy award winner Jon Cleary invites him to jam onstage whenever he’s in the Crescent City.  His experiences are real and resonating. His work has ranged from teaching Jonathan Ross the piano to privately entertaining the film director Stanley Kubrick, and performing to the opening committee of the 2012 London Olympics. He has recorded and toured with Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Ray Davis, Morcheeba, David Byrne, Guy Barker, Ella Eyre, John Newman, Pee Wee Ellis  and Laura Mvula. He also has dozens of radio and TV appearances to his credit and is in constant demand on the capital’s live music scene.
http://www.salvos.co.uk/

 

 

 

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Sisterhood: An Evening of Female Alt-Folk Wonderment at Seven Arts



Four accomplished Leeds musicians will take the stage at Seven Arts on Friday 14th July in a unique celebration of local women in music.

The evening’s all-female line-up will see Fuzzy Jones, Fran Wyburn, Astraluna and Miranda Arieh – each of whom have been featured on BBC Introducing and have a wealth of composing, performing and recording experience between them – taking the stage together to perform their original songs, individually and collectively. The artists will also be sharing some of their experiences and inspirations for song-writing with the audience. 

“In a music industry in which PRS report only 16% of its members are women, we felt that a gig celebrating the diversity of music being produced by Leeds female musicians would be appropriate,” said Jennifer Birch (aka Astraluna). “We also wanted to have a collaborative feel to the event, which is why we are performing alongside each other as opposed to having a headline act”.

Tickets are £8 in advance (£10 on the door) from Seven Arts or online at www.sevenleeds.co.uk

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New “INDI” Festival Geared at Young Film-makers & Fans

 

Independent Directions (the INDIs) is a brand new film festival taking place 14-16 July across venues in Leeds. The festival will include specialist screenings of films, including independent British and International cinema, industry sessions, panel discussions and other installations entirely curated for an audience of 16-30 year olds.

 

 

 

From a panel talk with professionals across the industry on how to get your foot in the door or advance your career, to UK premieres and previews of the best upcoming films such as provocative Australian LGBT* film Pulse, and Brakes, an improv bittersweet comedy starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. The prestigious INDIs Awards takes centre-stage on Saturday 15 July at Headrow House, which champions up and coming filmmakers who are in with a chance of winning up to £750 worth of prizes.

 

 

Full programme:

Friday 14 July

Workshop: Studio12 Drop-In Studio 12 – 13:00-16:00 – Free

Networking: Meet + Greet The Reliance – 16:00-late – Free

Film: The Beguiled (cert. 15) Hyde Park Picture House – 17:30 + 20:30 –  £7.50 /£6 conc. / £5 (16-19)

Film: Spaceship Headrow House – 20:00 – £5 / £3

 

Saturday 15 July

Film: Random Acts Programme (cert. 15) Headrow House – 11:00-12:30 – Free

Exhibition: Viral Video TBA – 11:00-late – Free

Panel: A Career in the Film Industry Headrow House – 13:30-15:00 – Free

Film Preview: Queerama (cert. 15) Hyde Park Picture House – 14:00 – £6.50 / £5

INDIs Awards Headrow House – 16:00-19:00 – Free

Networking: Post-Awards Headrow House – 19:00-late – Free

Film Preview: Brakes (cert. 15 TBC) Headrow House – 20:00 – £6.50 / £5

 

Sunday 16 July

Workshop: Screenwriting The Reliance – 13:30-16:00 – Free

Film UK Premiere: Pulse (cert. 15 TBC) Hyde Park Picture House – 14:00 – £5 / £3

 

For further information on the INDIs check out their Facebook and Twitter.

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Cultural Pioneer James Lavelle Brings Daydreaming Exhibition to Leeds Dock

 

Leeds Dock will be hosting a very special exhibition from cultural pioneer James Lavelle of UNKLE and Mo’ Wax in spaces across the site June 24th – 25th.

Daydreaming with UNKLE presents… The Road: Leeds Dock is a multi-sensory exhibition in partnership with Canon, Bowers & Wilkins and Leeds BID (Business Improvement District) and curated by the Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder himself.

The Daydreaming with… exhibitions are inspired by the desire to marry music and the visual arts and aim to create a unique and multi-sensory experience, unprecedented by museum exhibitions or music festivals.

James Lavelle whose 25-year career spans and has influenced art, music, graphic design, film, fashion and media will take control of a series of spaces at Leeds Dock to create a unique and interactive exhibition celebrating 25 years of UNKLE by exploring the cultural impact of his work in anticipation of the release of UNKLE’s fifth studio album: The Road: Part I.

“UNKLE has always been a multi-sensory creative project, ranging from genre-defining music to cutting-edge visual art,” said James. “It therefore feels incredibly fitting to celebrate UNKLE’s past, present and future in Leeds, with an immersive show at the cultural hub of Leeds dock. The exhibition is a collaboration between a number of very talented artists, presenting everything from paintings, videos, artefacts and film screenings. I look forward to welcoming visitors to daydream with us.” James Lavelle

 

Sunday 25th June 2017

  • James Lavelle DJ set- Waterfront Festival Stage at Leeds dock – 5:30pm – 7pm

Saturday 24th– Sunday 25th June 2017
Dock Works at Leeds Dock – 10am – 18:00.
The exhibition will feature:

  • Classic pieces from the Mo’ Wax and UNKLE archives: Music releases, art, fashion and toy collaborations.
  • Ground-breaking UNKLE music videos from the likes of Spike Jonze and Jonathan Glazer.
  • A new Virtual Reality installation captured from ‘Daydreaming With…Stanley Kubrick’
  • A unique opportunity to ‘step inside’ Doug Foster’s mesmerising new installation to experience art at its most immersive and witness four tracks from ‘The Road: Part 1
  • A pop-up store featuring UNKLE artefacts, merchandise, records and toys.
  • An exclusive opportunity to experience songs and videos from the forthcoming UNKLE album.

Artists in the show:
James Lavelle
Ben Drury
Futura
3D from Massive Attack
Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Doug Foster
Jonathan Glazer
Ty Evans and Spike Jonze
Shynola
Nathan Coley
John Nolan
John Issacs
Norbert Schoerner

Archive merchandise items being shown: 
Medicom
Supreme
Bathing Ape
The Vinyl factory
Mo’Wax arts
UNKLE records
Converse
Nike
Neighborhood
Fourness
Undercover
Hysteric glamour

Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/daydreaming-with-unkle-tickets-35208676098
leedsdock.com/whats-on/UNKLE

Website:
http://www.daydreamingwith.com/

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Dead Rat Orchestra Brings Hanging Back to Leeds

 

 

The Dead Rat Orchestra brings its acclaimed live film score to James Holcombe’s film Tyburnia to HEART in Headingley on 14th July.

It will be joined by singer Lisa Knapp, and Holcombe, who will perform the film live. Using multiple projectors and screens, locally sourced footage and stories, he will create a new ‘Directors Cut’ at each location – which will be staged as close to a place of execution as possible.

Shot on 8mm and 16mm film Tyburnia is both visually and thematically engrossing, demonstrating how, despite the gallows having long since vanished, we still stand in the shadow of its punitive ideology.

 

For over 700 years there was a site of execution at Tyburn in London. Those who fell foul of political, religious and judicial reforms were executed for public entertainment and instruction. These executions chart a history illustrating the twists and turns of monarchical and political whimsy, church and state, and the birth of capitalism. In the current climate of enforced austerity and social reform, Tyburnia explores the parallels between contemporary and historical notions of crime in relation to business and property, the spectacular nature of punishment, and the state’s use of the body as a site for political control.

Dead Rat Orchestra has created an evocative soundtrack using peculiar and rare folk songs. With its gritty, rough hewn interpretations and dextrous multi-instrumentalism, the three-piece performs songs composed by, or for, those condemned to ‘dance the Tyburn jig’. Many of these broadside ballads have become a staple of folk music, but here their power and resonance can be appreciated in a new light. DRO has also crafted contemporary versions of long forgotten songs in the luridly descriptive ‘thieves cant’ (a secret language used by thieves, beggars and hustlers of various disciplines).

Lisa Knapp

“Tyburnia is one of the most challenging and important projects we have undertaken”, said DRO’s Daniel Merrill. “We’ve been working on it for three years, and it keeps getting more intense. The addition of Lisa’s voice opens up new avenues of song, enabling us to really do justice to James’ extraordinary film.”

The band releases a special edition of its score featuring the original album packaged with new text and cuttings of the film stock used in the creation of Tyburnia (Antigen Records) on 13th July.

See a short sample video of Tyburnia from the Spill Festival is available here https://vimeo.com/148423522

Tickets from HEART (£10) on 0113 275 4548, www.heartcentre.org.uk

 

www.deadratorchestra.co.uk         www.jamesholcombe.net                www.lisaknapp.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Green Film Festival Screening at Hyde Park This Week

This Thursday, May 4th, as part of the UK Green Film Festival, Hyde Park Picture House is screening ‘How To Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change’, the new film from Josh Fox.

Best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director of Gasland, Josh Fox is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development.

‘How To Let Go of the World’… follows Josh to 12 countries to investigate the greatest threat our world has ever known in his deeply personal style. Traveling to six different continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences, but asks what is so deep within us that climate change can’t destroy?

 

 

 

 

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Leeds Flamenco Festival

 

The Leeds Flamenco Festival, an annual event organised by Arts@Trinity and Instituto Cervantes, is taking place at Holy Trinity Church Leeds (LS1 6HW) on 26th -27th May.

For the past four years, the Leeds Flamenco Festival has brought the world’s best flamenco artists to the city and this year is no exception. The concert program will feature the internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juan Martín and his dance trio on Friday 26th May, as well as community performances and flamenco workshops on Saturday 27th.

There are still Standard and Economy tickets available, but they are selling fast! You can book by calling Jumbo Records on 0113 245 5570, or by following the link below which has further information.

Link to Festival Information  

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