Southbank Centre is proud to present a spring line-up of contemporary music and gigs that truly reflects its commitment to expand genre boundaries, showcase the best new sounds from across the globe and offer a world-class gigging experience with unique, not-to-be-missed events across its three iconic music venues.
GARY NUMAN IN CONVERSATION
Wednesday 16 January 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £37.50
In this London exclusive, electro pioneer Gary Numan reviews his monumental career in conversation, looking back on his work and influence which has been recognised by an array of the world’s greatest artists, from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West, Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails. The latest album from Numan, Savage (Songs From A Broken World), was released in 2017 and earned the best reviews of his career, entering the UK charts at number two.
MINISTRY OF SOUND: THE ANNUAL CLASSICAL
Saturday 26 January 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £25 — £60
Ministry of Sound’s first ever show produced with a full classical orchestra presents some of the biggest 1990s dance tracks like never before, performed by the 50-strong London Concert Orchestra and original vocalists, including ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’ (The Chemical Brothers), ‘Insomnia’ (Faithless) and ‘Right Here, Right Now’ (Fatboy Slim). This world-première launches a UK-wide tour and includes a screening of a new documentary with never-before-seen footage and live orchestral accompaniment, exploring the history of The Annual and the Ministry of Sound club.
LOUIE VEGA & E.O.L. SOULFRITO LIVE
Thursday 31 January 2019, 8pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £20 — £35
House music icon Louie Vega brings E.O.L. Soulfrito, the condensed version of his Elements Of Life live-band project to the Royal Festival Hall. This collection of eminently talented musicians curated by Vega includes Josh Milan on keyboards, Anané Vega on vocals, Abel Marcel on guitar, Gene Perez on bass, Luisito Quintero on drums and Carlos Quintero on percussion, playing a classy mix of house-infused jazz, funk and soul.
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 8.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £18
Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer Marius Neset brings his energetic creativity to Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for this live performance. A virtuoso performer and composer, Neset creates intricate, compelling music that he has toured across Europe.
TROY MILLER’S GERSHWIN REIMAGINED
Sunday 10 February 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £35 — £55
Composer and producer Troy Miller presents Gershwin Reimagined, a night of timeless classics such as ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Got Rhythm’ performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra. The night features the electrifying vocals of double Mercury award-nominated Laura Mvula and Olivier Award-nominated Shaun Escoffery who, as well as releasing five albums, has played Mufasa in the West End musical The Lion King since 2008 — the longest a West End actor has played a single part continuously.
LOST WORDS, FOLK MUSIC AND SPELL SONGS
Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15 — £20
Eight leading folk musicians perform new commissions based on the book The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. This protest at the loss of the natural world around us, and a celebration of its wonders will include performances from singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, kora player Seckou Keita, Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter Kris Drever, British composer Kerry Andrew, singer and harpist Rachel Newton, cellist Beth Porter and multi-instrumentalist Jim Molyneux.
PURCELL SESSIONS: ERASED TAPES X LCO — QASIM NAQVI
Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Qasim Naqvi creates new music in this experimental series, which brings together globally-respected London-based independent record label Erased Tapes, and one of the UK’s most innovative ensembles — the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO). When he’s not on tour as the drummer of Dawn of Midi, Brooklyn-based composer Naqvi creates original music for film, dance, theatre and international chamber ensembles. Each collaboration in the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO series introduces handpicked Erased Tapes artists to Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, the Purcell Room, on four dates throughout the year. In free, open workshops, audiences get an insight into how the artists work together before exclusive evening performances.
HANSON STRING THEORY
Friday 15 February 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult, £35 — £95
Pop-rock trio Hanson present unforgettable favourites and unreleased material in this live performance of their new symphonic album String Theory. Hanson’s most ambitious musical project to date features songs spanning the band’s career, including some of their best-known tunes alongside brand new material telling a story of aspiration, despair, fortitude and ultimately a return to optimism. Created in collaboration with Academy Award-winning arranger David Campbell.
Tuesday 19 February — Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £30 — £40
French multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen, who charmed hearts and minds with his soundtrack to 2001 film Amélie, presents his tenth album, ALL in the Royal Festival Hall. The album is the first to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal Project, built in an abandoned discothèque on the small island of Ushant in the Celtic Sea. It incorporates field recordings from the redwood forests of California to Tempelhof airport in Berlin, and features special guest vocalists, many of whom will join Tiersen for these exclusive London dates
Friday 1 March 2019, 8pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £25 — £50
Goran Bregović performs the UK première of his new album Three Letters from Sarajevo, inspired by Christian, Jewish and Muslim musical traditions, and celebrating cultural differences and unity through classical, kletzmer and oriental violin styles. A variety of artists from different musical and cultural background including Bebe, Riff Cohen, Rachid Taha and Asaf Avidan helped to create this musical message of peace, understanding and appreciation.
Saturday 2 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £13.50
Pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais blends conservatory skill and precise pop sensibility with synthetic accompaniment, creating expansive interior soundscapes through live performance. He performs his most recent album, Dans ma main, exploring the healing power of a collective audience, and music as a tool for wellness.
Sunday 3 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £20 — £25
Offering a dashing musical journey, from the dark dens of Yiddish Odessa to the hot club swing of stylish Café Society and Django Reinhardt’s 1930s Paris, Troika Klezmer Kabaret explore the music from the wild and savage hinterland of Cossack Russia in the 1890s. Narrated by witty ad-libbing bandleader Wallace Fields, Troika Klezmer Kabaret present a diverse and nostalgic performance with innovation, sophistication and thrilling virtuosity.
Wednesday 6 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £12.50
Following a hugely successful debut year, hotly-tipped Brighton/London-based trio Our Girl bring their critically acclaimed first album Stranger Today to the Purcell Room, promising new garage rock and stark tenderness, through Soph Nathan’s honest and personal lyrics.
CHRISTIAN LÖFFLER & ENSEMBLE
Wednesday 6 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £20 — £25
Electronica producer Christian Löffler brings his latest project to the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Blending instrumental melodies with elements of techno and house, Löffler’s live shows have been acclaimed by concert hall audiences as well as club-goers. Together with vocalist Mohna, Löffler & Ensemble present unreleased pieces and tracks from most recent albums A Forest and Mare.
Friday 8 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £25 — £30
Acclaimed American vocalist Lizz Wright brings brilliant color and vibrancy to original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of our time. Wright has garnered widespread attention as one of the most venerable popular singers of her generation through the release of five critically acclaimed albums. She brings her latest, Grace to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside revisits to the past 15 years of her rising career. https://southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133015-lizz-wright-2019
SÓLSTAFIR: THE MIDNIGHT SUN A LIGHT IN THE STORM
Sunday 10 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £15 — £20
Icelandic post-metal masters Sólstafir perform their transcendent sounds with strings in the Queen Elizabeth Hall following the release of their sixth full-length album, Berdreyminn. Enveloping the audience in a wave of heady compositions from throughout their career, Sólstafir transfix listeners with their blend of metal, beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and classic rock.
Friday 15 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £20 — £40
Singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef takes a sublime sonic expedition in Tunisian tradition and contemporary jazz in this UK première of his new album Sounds of Mirrors featuring French-Indian percussionist Stéphane Edouard, meditative Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset and Turkish clarinetist Hüsnü Senlendirici. The mix of musicians from four corners of the world complements Youssef’s expansive stylistic identity, weaving together the musical tapestry of his native Tunisia and a modern and intense style of jazz.
Sunday 17 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult, £35 — £120
Hear the legendary David Gray perform new album Gold in a Brass Age live in the Royal Festival Hall. Exploring new electronic textures and sound palettes, along with new production techniques, Gold in a Brass Age is the first album of new material in four years by the singer-songwriter behind 1999’s heartbreak classic ‘Babylon’.
Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Inspired by imagination, driven by fantasy, songstress Phildel brings her haunting electronica and neo-classical style to Southbank Centre to present her first album in over five years, Wave Your Flags. The past five years have been a crucial period of transience for Phildel, represented by the scale and adventure present throughout her new material. Spanning light, darkness, intimacy and euphoria, Phildel uses this album to reflect on loneliness and belonging, resilience and inner strength.
TOMMY EMMANUEL + SPECIAL GUEST JD SIMO
Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £27.50 — £35
A London exclusive performance of Accomplice One, the new album and collaborative project by international master of the solo acoustic guitar, Tommy Emmanuel. The album includes collaborations with some of the finest singers, songwriters and guitarists alive today: Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, JD Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.
Friday 22 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre. Bedouine, taken from the word ‘Bedouin’, is the name Azniv Korkejian chose to encompass her nomadic experiences. Born in Aleppo, Syria, to Armenian parents, she spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia before moving to America with her family, where she has lived ever since. Bedouine’s music is influenced by the political landscape, mixing 1960s folk and 1970s country-funk with a glimmer of bossa-nova cool.
NAVAY BAHAR: PERSIAN SPRING
Sunday 24 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £20 — £30
To mark the arrival of spring and the ancient Persian New Year, Norooz, singer Sara Hamidi and Mahbanoo Ensemble perform a long-awaited reunion directed by Maestro Majid Derakhshani.
Established in 2010 by accomplished Iranian composer and instrumentalist Maestro Majid Derakhshani, Mahbanoo Ensemble are one of the most prominent ensembles in the Persian music scene. This event is also a tribute to the female artists and in particular the female vocalists of Iran.
Friday 29 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £25
The supremely talented keyboardist and founding member of Snarky Puppy, Bill Laurance returns to Southbank Centre following his sold out performance in 2018’s EFG London Jazz Festival. Alongside his Grammy-winning achievements with Snarky Puppy, Bill Laurance has pursued a fascinating solo career, marked by a highly-rated debut album Flint and his most recent release, recorded live at Union Chapel. Widely travelled as soloist and producer, his solo projects demonstrate an intensely individual approach to both acoustic and electric keyboards.
Friday 29 March 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Spanish-born pianist and composer Nico Casal has been writing soundtracks since childhood and has written several film scores, including the music for 2016 Oscar-winning short, Stutterer. Performing his debut solo album, Alone, Casal revisits his experiences in East London struggling to survive against the expense and noise of the capital. Alone was born on a solitary Sunday, recorded into Casal’s laptop via a cheap microphone, occasionally adding elements from a £15 broken organ and a small Synth.
STEWART COPELAND LIGHTS UP THE ORCHESTRA
Saturday 30 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £19.50 — £54.50
Southbank Centre presents a high-impact orchestral celebration of Stewart Copeland’s legendary career, from The Police to Hollywood via Africa. One of the founding members of post-punk powerhouse band The Police, Copeland wrote the scores for films including Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. In this epic live performance his work is arranged for orchestra and co-arranged and conducted by musical director Troy Miller (producer for Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter).
AN AMBIENT EVENING WITH THE ORB & FRIENDS ELECTRICAL
Part of Re-Textured festival
Saturday 30 March 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £28.50 — £32.50
Ambient house pioneers The Orb celebrate their 30-year anniversary with a set of greatest hits and new music in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Born out of the London club scene and known for their innovative use of samples, The Orb, aka Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann, attracted the attention of legendary tastemaker John Peel and went on to release the album Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, widely recognised as a masterpiece of the genre. The show is part of Krankbrother’s Re-Textured, a festival combining experimental electronic music, brutalist and modernist architecture and innovative lighting installations.
Friday 5 April 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £12.50
Genre-defying composer and pianist Kelly Moran performs her ambient Warp Records debut album Ultraviolet in the Purcell Room. The classically trained artist attempts to dismantle experimental music’s imposing image in her free-form, self-produced new album, creating lush soundscapes with textures both synthetic and physical, including the prepared piano. https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/131502-kelly-moran-2019
Tuesday 9 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £25 — £35
Six-time grammy-nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs SHIRAZ, her newly composed score for the lavish 1920s epic silent film Shiraz: A Romance of India. Daughter and pupil of the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka will perform the score live, accompanying a screening of the film, which tells the intense and unrivalled love story of the Taj Mahal.
Friday 19 April 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £25 — £30
James Lavelle’s UNKLE return to the Royal Festival Hall for the first live performance of their latest album The Road: Part One and world première of their brand new audiovisual show featuring very special guests. This unique show will provide the first opportunity to hear the re-configured band’s new material live, alongside classic tracks and specially created reworks. With a career spanning over a quarter of a century, UNKLE have worked with some of the most important recording artists in the world, including Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, Massive Attack and Queens of the Stone Age.
TIPPETT & BOURNE
Sunday 28 April 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £20
Two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time on two grand pianos. A seminal figure in the evolution of UK jazz since the 1960s, Keith Tippett has forged his own ever-evolving sound as both composer and improviser. Thirty years his junior, Matthew Bourne has similarly explored the horizons of jazz and contemporary music, on both analogue synths and the acoustic piano. This new and exciting musical partnership between two maverick pianists, a generation apart, is a meeting of like-minded but distinct individuals.
TUBULAR BELLS FOR TWO
Wednesday 1 May 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £25 — £27.50
Two men juggle over 20 instruments live in Tubular Bells for Two, a nail-biting tightrope theatre recreation of the classic Mike Oldfield album. In this intricately choreographed show, multi-instrumentalists Danny Holdsworth and Tom Bamford perform every part of Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, Tubular Bells was the first release on Richard Branson’s fledgling record label, Virgin Records. The album had its first and only full live performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1973.
STEVE WILLIAMSON TRIO & STRINGTING
Wednesday 1 May 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £20
Legendary saxophonist Steve Williamson performs with his trio and young jazz string quartet StringTing to create a compellingly physical musical experience. Through his lifelong study of harmonics, Williamson creates music that soothes and heals as well as entertains, using primordial tones and blending classical and jazz to create an entrancing, life-enhancing combination. StringTing is a flagship ensemble from Tomorrow’s Warriors, the celebrated hothouse for young jazz talent in the UK and resident ensemble at Southbank Centre.
Sunday 5 May 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £29.50
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes brings his signature mix of bossa nova, samba, pop instrumentation and sultry melodies to Southbank Centre. A producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums and has won three Grammy Awards. His influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through collaborations with stars such as John Legend and Will.I.Am.
Tickets on sale in late November.
SARAH-JANE MORRIS: SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY
Tuesday 14 May 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15 — £20
Sarah-Jane Morris is one of Britain’s most influential jazz and R&B singers. Her magnificent soul voice and emotional power have garnered praise and admiration worldwide for over 30 years. In this inspirational new show, Sarah-Jane Morris, through her own brilliant interpretive vocal talents, shines a light on innovative musical talent John Martyn, illuminating his life’s work.
Wednesday 15 May 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Manoeuvering between grandiose retro motifs and a surprising sincerity, Michelle Gurevich (formerly known as Chinawoman) performs melody-driven music, combining humour with dark realism in her intimate ballads. The daughter of a Kirov ballerina and an engineer from Leningrad, Gurevich grew up listening to her parents’ collection of Soviet and 70s European records and her music has drawn comparisons to Soviet era singing stars. Decadent, dramatic and earnest, she combines vintage keyboards and synth strings with cutting and fatalistic lyrics.
PURCELL SESSIONS: ERASED TAPES X LCO — MICHAEL PRICE
Saturday 18 May 2018, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
For the second performance in Southbank Centre’s Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO series, internationally recognised film and TV composer, producer, music editor and award-winner, Michael Price, collaborates with LCO. Price has been nominated for three Emmy awards (winning in 2014 for the BBC series Sherlock), a BAFTA and has worked on hugely varied projects ranging from editing the music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy to co-composing the score for the Inbetweeners movies.
BEVERLY KNIGHT IN CONCERT WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
Thursday 23 May 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £32.50 — £65
To celebrate 25 years as a performing and recording artist, Beverley Knight brings a special one-off concert to the Royal Festival Hall. Backed by a full symphony orchestra for the first time, Knight will go back to the beginning, performing specially arranged versions of her biggest hits, covering soul and R&B classics with her own style, and reflecting her highly acclaimed parallel career in the West End musical theatre scene.
CHRISTY MOORE IN CONCERT
Friday 24 — Saturday 25 May 2019, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £35 — £42.50
Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Christy Moore performs songs from throughout his career. One of Ireland’s most compelling musicians, Moore has endeared himself to audiences of all ages through his meaningful songs on over more than 25 solo albums. His most recent record features live recordings of some of his best loved and most requested hits.
PURCELL SESSIONS: ERASED TAPES X LCO — RIVAL CONSOLES
Sunday 29 September 2019, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Hear experimental sounds from electronic synth specialist Rival Consoles at this event, part of a series bringing together Erased Tapes artists and London Contemporary Orchestra musicians. The London-based producer also known as Ryan Lee West, explores themes of in-between states in his latest album Persona, inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name.
PURCELL SESSIONS: ERASED TAPES X LCO — HATIS NOIT
Friday 6 December, 7.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £15
Self-taught Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit creates new music with musicians from London Contemporary Orchestra in Southbank Centre’s experimental series, Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO. Noit’s EP Illogical Dance, released earlier this year, creates unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that deconstruct and recombine Western classical, Japanese folk and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting and avant-garde and pop vocals.
FRIDAY LUNCH: THREADED
Part of Winter
Friday 4 January 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free
This soulful trio present self-penned odes to immerse their audiences in the moment through travellers’ tales, poetic collaborations and musical storytelling. Jamie Rutherford (guitar and vocals), Ning-ning Li (violin) and Rosie Bott (clarinet) have released two lyrical albums.
FRIDAY TONIC: TOM GREEN SEPTET
Part of Winter
Friday 4 January 2019, 5.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Free
The Tom Green Septet brings together seven in-demand young musicians who are all prize-winning bandleaders, composers and performers in their own right, merging contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves and memorable melodies. Winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger whose elegant and lively original compositions for the Septet’s debut album Skyline attracted critical acclaim.
FRIDAY LUNCH: MARCO MARCONI TRIO
Friday 11 January 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free
Jazz pianist and composer Marco Marconi presents his smooth sounding trio, with collaborators Tom Farmer (double bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (drums). https://southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/130773-friday-lunch-marco-marconi-trio-2019
FRIDAY TONIC: SHAYNA DUNKELMAN AND DU YUN
Part of SoundState
Friday 18 January 2019, 5.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Free
Flouting conventions, defying categorisation and playing across boundaries, two of the biggest names in New York’s creative music scene perform a rare duo set: electronic improviser and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and genre-defying composer and performer Du Yun.
SOUNDSTATE LATE: CLAIRE CHASE
Part of SoundState
Friday 18 January 2019, 10.15pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Free
A special set of new and experimental music by solo flautist Claire Chase who is known for her fearless and energetic performances. In this late-night slot she takes to the stage alone, armed with a selection of works that push her instrument to its limits.
SOUNDSTATE LATE: ALI SETHI
Part of SoundState
Saturday 19 January 2019, 9.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Free
Pakistani superstar vocalist Ali Sethi performs his native country’s vocal traditions and inflects them with his signature style in this free late-night show. A multi talented musician who first garnered attention after publishing his critically acclaimed novel The Wish Maker in his early 20s, he is now one of Pakistan’s most recognisable voices in the traditional style.
FRIDAY LUNCH: TAMAS TESZARY QUARTET
Friday 1 February 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free
Vibraphonist Tamas Teszary presents his nouveau-bop quartet, bringing you classic jazz and bebop sounds with a modern edge. With Imre Varga on piano, Wun Yen Chan on bass and Cyro Zuzi on drums, the Tamas Teszary Quartet play original compositions from debut album Bopcore, alongside reimaginings of classic tracks.
FRIDAY LUNCH: JAYWALKERS
Friday 8 February 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free
Jaywalkers bring their inventive and virtuosic brand of Americana to Friday Lunch. The acoustic trio have delighted audiences all around Europe for over ten years . The group provides a combination of powerhouse bass, blistering fiddle and mandolin, and three-part harmonies with a fuller sound than is expected from just three acoustic musicians. Their live set sees country heartbreak and bluegrass dynamism applied to issues of the modern day – and to life as a touring band.
FRIDAY LUNCH: MOOSTAK TRIO
Friday 15 March 2019, 1pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Central Bar, Level 2, Free
Moostak Trio explore improvised music, reacting to each other with moods and textures to open up a wealth of possibilities. Set up by London based guitarist and composer Harry Christelis, the ensemble is completed by friends and collaborators Dave Storey and Andrea Di Biase, with influences spanning jazz, folk, pop, ambient, blues, and electronica.
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