A World in London Fundraiser | Club Inégales, Bloomsbury NW1 2NB | Thurs 16 February at 7pm. £10 (£5 students, concessions).
DJ Ritu presents a jam-packed evening of global music featuring legendary composer Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers, classical & world fusion ensemble iyatra Quartet, cinematic Celtic folk group Ailm, and soulful Nepalese London band Namlo! Tickets here. https://www.facebook.com/events/154245781745840/
Joji Hirota - composer, taiko drummer, shakuhachi player and singer - is joined by half a dozen fellow drummers for this special concert performance. Joji's prolific career spans over 30 years and 16 albums, sculpting dynamic landscapes of rhythm and haunting melodies with the themes of nature and the beauty in every day life.
“A band who live by their wits and produce something different each night” (fRoots), iyatraQuartet are multi-instrumentalists who work collaboratively to create original, boundary-bending and joyful music. The London-based quartet have enjoyed recent performances at Totally Thames Festival, WOMAD, Songlines Encounters Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and London International Arts Festival, providing “a flavour of dizzy Balkan revelry” (Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph) wherever they go.
Five-piece group Ailm are one of the most impressive bands in the vanguard of new wave folk music coming out of the UK. Featuring the superb voice of Slovak Londoner Lori Secanska and mesmerising songs composed by skilled multi-instrumentalist Alex Paton, Ailm’s line-up is a perfect counterpoint to Brexit, with Italian- born Matteo Riccordo on percussion, classically trained cellist Clarissa Carlyon, and guitar virtuoso Richard Collins completing the line-up.
Namlo are a new London-based group raising the profile of Nepalese music, and on the verge of launching their debut album at Rich Mix in March. This unique collaboration of musicians are led by virtuoso composer Ganga Thapa. The word “namlo’’ refers to the strap used with a “doko” basket o transport goods - symbolic of deep cultural bonding. Poetic lyrics and melodies inspired by the Himalayan mountains weave a cross-cultural musical soundscape influenced by diverse musics, from West Africa to South America.
“As with any big city, perhaps, it sometimes feels that London's diverse communities get on so peacefully because their worlds barely intersect. Resonance is a living rebuttal to that argument” (New Statesman). Support London’s independent arts station this week! Resonance FM's annual fundraising campaign
A World In London is the UK’s definitive global music radio show, broadcasting from SOAS Radio and Resonance FM every Wednesday, championing the rich range of music from London’s diverse communities. Now in its eleventh year, AWIL is presented & produced by DJ Ritu, and available on DAB, Mixcloud, and iTunes, across the world! ‘Our global city at its creative best!’ www.djritu.com @djritu1 @aworldinlondon http://bit.ly/2kWU62a