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Reasons to be Cheerful at The Playhouse

 

Part gig, part play, Reasons to be Cheerful celebrates the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads in this bold and jubilant coming of age tale at West Yorkshire Playhouse Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October.

 

 

It’s 1979. Labour has just lost the General Election to the Tories. Strikes rock the nation and Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) is climbing the charts. Die-hard fans Vinnie and Colin are on a mission to see Ian Dury and the Blockheads play Hammersmith Odeon. With no tickets to a sold-out gig their journey throws more at them than they could have ever expected….

 

Featuring stone-cold classic songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick; Plaistow Patricia; Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll; Sweet Gene Vincent; What A Waste and the titular Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), the show also features new song If It Can’t Be Right Then It Must Be Wrong written exclusively for the production by members of Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads and Graeae performer John Kelly.

Reasons To Be Cheerful is directed by pioneering disabled led theatre company Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey MBE, and performed by an inclusive cast of 14 actor musicians. Using Graeae’s signature theatrical language, all performances of Reasons To Be Cheerful seamlessly include British Sign Language, audio description and creative captioning.

www.wyp.org.uk

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Skinner & T’witch Pick ‘n’ Mix for Charity

 

Skinner & T’witch, the Leeds duo performing folk, flamenco, and theatre-style songs, host a quarterly event at The Grove Inn which showcases original local artists.

Their 11th Pick n’ Mix at The Grove will be an extra-special event. 16 fabulous local artists will be performing, unplugged, from 1-11pm, on Saturday, October 7th.

You can find out more about the acoustic, folk and blues artists who will be playing via the Facebook page for the event: www.facebook.com/events/592077007648888

The order for the event will be, as follows:

Rum Doodle

Heather Woodhead

Gerry Cooper & Phil Snell

Skinner & T’witch

Joe Solo

Rebekah Findlay and Lee Huck

Fishing For Compliments

Red Sky

Mestisa

Break

Boo Sutcliffe

Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins

The Small Change Diaries

Den Miller

Skinner & T’witch

Wilson McGladdery

Captain of The Lost Waves

There’s no entrance fee, so people can ‘pay as you feel’, with all donations going to Leeds Foodbanks (Leeds North & West Foodbank and Leeds South & East Foodbank):

https://leedsnorthandwest.foodbank.org.uk/

Apparently 1 in 5 people in Britain are living below the poverty line. Apparently 7,344 3-day emergency supplies were given to people by Leeds North and West Foodbank in 2015. You can virtually double this across the city.

People can pop in and out as they choose on October 7th (no need to stay all day), and they should feel free to bring down donations and anything they don’t need, such as tins, dry stuffs, and non-perishables, and toiletries, nappies, and sanitary products (apparently products like toiletries, nappies, and sanitary products are much needed, as they are relatively expensive to purchase, and less frequently donated to the Foodbanks).

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Chinwag Announces Soul Legend Tommy Hunt for September Chat

 

 

Chinwag, the easy-going, freewheeling interview/chat with distinguished cultural icons held monthly at Outlaws Yacht Club has  announced soul legend Tommy Hunt as their guest for Wednesday 6th September.

Previous Chinwag guests have included writer and film maker Irvine Welsh, legendary record label owner Alan McGee, Viv Albertine from The Slits, musician Andrew Weatherall, writer and broadcaster James Brown, producer/DJ Justin Robertson, film director and DJ Don Letts and many more.

This is the first time a bona fide soul legend has graced the Chinwag settee so the team are delighted to be welcoming Tommy Hunt for a chat about life, music and whatever else comes up.

Born in 1932 in Pittsburgh, Tommy was a member of doo-wop stars The Flamingos scoring a massive hit in 1959 with ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’. He made the first recording of Bacharach and David’s ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ (later immortalised by Dusty Springfield), was a regular at The Apollo Theatre in Harlem and Wigan Casino, a legend on the Northern Soul circuit, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, toured with Elvis and marched with Martin Luther King jr at Selma!

An incredible evening of tales is in store from a man who counts Smokey Robinson and Little Richard as his friends.

Chinwag events support MAP, a Leeds based charity which runs music and art programmes for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education: http://musicandartsproduction.org/

Wednesday 6 September

 7pm (Doors from 6pm) 

Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds LS2 7DY 

Tickets £6.50 available here: http://outlawsyachtclub.bigcartel.com/product/tommy-hunt-chinwag-q-a

 

 

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Free Film Programme Offers an Alternative View of India

 

Between now and October, Pavilion and Hyde Park Picture House are presenting Notes from Another India, a free programme of artists’ film and video in search of alternative representations of India.

Notes from Another India looks at representations of the city of Kolkata and Indian life in Britain in the 1980s, and asks questions about where we are and where we come from – both culturally and geographically.

The programme concludes with the work of leading contemporary Indian artist-filmmaker Shambhavi Kaul. Daughter of filmmaker Mani Kaul, her performative work is informed by a lifelong engagement with cinema in India, influenced by the rich history of western experimental films that have addressed ideas of place and landscape.

Wednesday 16 August, 6.30–8.30pm

Notes from Another India: Mark Lapore & Ruchir Joshi

Hyde Park Picture House

The first screening in the Notes From Another India series presents three perspectives on Kolkata. Ruchir Joshi’s film Tales From Planet Kolkata mocks the ways in which the city has been depicted by the western gaze of foreign filmmakers, whilst simultaneously paying homage to their work. Mark Lapore’s 16 mm films The Glass System and Kolkata confront the tangled relationship between ethnography and individual subjectivity as he observes the ebb and flow of humanity on the streets of Kolkata.

Tickets: Free (suggested donation £5). Book online at: http://pavilionleeds.eventbrite.com

 

Tuesday 26 September, 6.30–8.30pm

Notes from Another India: Sutapa Biswas & Pratibha Palmer

Hyde Park Picture House

(+ Sutapa Biswas & Griselda Pollock in conversation)

This screening brings together the work of Pratibha Palmer and Sutapa Biswas to reflect on the experiences and perceptions of Indian diaspora in the Britain in the 1980s. With a rare screening of Biswas’ 1984 work, Kali alongside Palmer’s films Memory Pictures,  a profile of the gay Indian photographer Sunil Gupta, and Sari Red, her visual poem made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre, a young Indian woman killed in 1985 in a racist attack in Britain. Followed by Sutapa Biswas in conversation with art historian Griselda Pollock.

Tickets: Free (suggested donation £5). Book online at: http://pavilionleeds.eventbrite.com

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Chamber Concerts at Howard Assembly Room

Summer may only just be upon us but the Howard Assembly has already announced some outstanding chamber concerts on sale for its Autumn season. The treats on offer include modern and contemporary experimentation, emerging and world-renowned artists, Romantic and Classical masterpieces, the return of Leeds Lieder, and festive choral music for Christmas.

 

Gavin Bryars’ commission for Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like the Sun, comes ‘home’ to Leeds for the first time on 25 October. Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices weaves Bryars’ music through eight of Shakespeare’s most meditative sonnets. The composer himself leads an ensemble featuring tenor John Potter and cult Dublin singer-songwriter Gavin Friday.

Leila Josefowicz

Celebrated Canadian-American violinist Leila Josefowicz makes her Howard Assembly Room debut with her long-term musical partner John Novacek on 30 September, and a programme reflecting her reputation for insightful performances of canonical works coupled with passionate championing of new music. Marked by dark introspection and powerful emotion, the concert takes in Sibelius’ reflective Valse Triste, Prokofiev’s wildly beautiful Sonata in F minor and the mystical Calices by contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

One of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper makes another long-awaited venue debut (30 November) with a programme ranging from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31. The concert also includes Darknesse Visible, Thomas Adès’ stunning “explosion” of a John Dowland lute song.

Imogen Cooper

Exotic, erotic and technically demanding, Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi takes the Tristan and Isolde myth, Andean love songs and the music of Debussy and Wagner among its inspirations. One of the most experienced Messiaen singers of her generation, Gweneth-Ann Rand will be joined by pianist Simon Lepper on 26 October for a rare performance of the 12-song cycle, with projections and surtitles. The award-winning British soprano has previously sung Harawi at the Messiaen centenary and the BBC Proms, and last year received outstanding reviews for her performance in 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera House. Simon Lepper returns to the Howard Assembly Room following a rapturous reception for his concert with Christopher Purves earlier in the year.

Leeds Lieder’s partnership with Opera North continues with a debut from one of today’s foremost young song recitalists, Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2016 Benjamin Appl. Having received the RPS Young Artist Award 2017, exceptional pianist and Director of Leeds Lieder Joseph Middleton returns to accompany the German baritone on the best-known of Schumann’s song cycles, Dichterliebe. Written during the composer’s separation from his beloved wife Clara, his settings of Heine’s poems chronicle a musical journey, from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea. The programme also includes Beethoven’s only song cycle and three settings of Yeats.

As the year draws to a close, The Choir of Clare College Cambridge pay their first visit to the venue with a radiant festive concert. Plainsong chants sit alongside Renaissance masterpieces including Palestrina’s Surge, illuminare and Tallis’ sublime Videte miraculum, with motets and carols by Howells, Britten, Tavener, and John Rutter’s much-loved What sweeter music? The Howard Assembly Room’s Christmas chamber concerts have become something of a Leeds institution, with the venue’s atmospheric, neo-gothic interior decked with decorations, and early booking is recommended.

Tickets for all events at the Howard Assembly Room are available from the Box Office on 0844 848 2727 or online at howardassemblyroom.co.uk.

 

 

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Dom Pipkin Brings The Big Easy Back to Leeds

 

Keyboard wizard Dom Pipkin returns to Leeds with his band ‘The Ikos’ this weekend to bring the blues, soul, funk and jazz of piano-driven New Orleans grooves. The group perform at The Domino Club, The Grand Arcade on Saturday 12 August.

The all-star combo, with playing credits ranging from Dr John, Laura Mvula, Paul Weller, Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Ray Davies and David Byrne create a party wherever they go with their deep funky sound, with original material and vintage classics they conjure the spirit of the greats –  Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, The Meters, and many many more.

Among thier accolades is a ringing endorsement from no less an authority than Meters drummer and acknowledged godfather of New Orleans funk, Zigaboo Modeliste: “Dom brings the whole New Orleans thing to the UK.  So good!”

https://www.thedomino.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jazz Leeds Festival

 

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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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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