Arts against Slavery – launch event!
an evening of music featuring new African voices and modal traditions crossing the Mediterranean Sea

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG
30 June, 8pm

This concert of traditional, newly-composed and improvised music draws together a remarkable array of performers to respond to the extraordinary times in which Europe is living today.

Rachel Beckles Willson – vocals, oud
Francesco Iannuzzelli – guitar, oud, rubab
Ciro Montanaritabla
Kostas Tsarouchis – double bass
Evgenios Voulgaris – yayli tanbur

We present music by young asylum-seekers recently arrived on the coast of Europe. We are thrilled to be joined by one of Europe’s leading modal multi-instrumentalists, Evgenios Voulgaris, who will lead musical improvisations in response to these stories and songs. Looking back at the history of migration to the UK, we draw together Mediterranean modal and Indian music with the poetic world of 19th-century London, in the world premiere of Sing no Sad Songs for Me by Rachel Beckles Willson, setting Christina Rossetti.

To discover more, come to this concert and buy our new CD  Today is Good!, a compilation of songs by recent arrivals from Africa which emerged from a year of workshops in eastern Sicily co-led by Rachel Beckles Willson and Francesco Iannuzzelli.


Tickets from Eventbrite and on the door.

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