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More Mulatu in the Howard Assembly Room

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Mulatu Astatke and band at the Howard Assembly Room - photo credit Kev Cooke

On Wednesday 10 February a sold out Howard Assembly Room was treated to one of the highlights of our Winter season: a concert by Éthiopiques legend and inventor of Ethio-Jazz Mulatu Astatke.

Moving between vibraphone, percussion and piano, Mulatu presided over a formidable band including pianist/organist/composer Alexander Hawkins, and the great John Edwards on double bass, delivering a set that ranged from Swinging Addis-era classics to pieces from his most recent album, Sketches of Ethiopia.

A fierce rendition of Yekermo Sew, familiar to many from the soundtrack of Broken Flowers, got a particularly ecstatic reception.

On Friday 26 February we'll be screening Broken Flowers in honour of Mulatu, whose instantly recognisable sound helps to define the film's atmosphere. This sweet, oddball comedy took the 2005 Grand Prix at Cannes, and finds Bill Murray on top form as droll, ageing singleton Don, who's prompted on a journey into his chequered past by the arrival of a mysterious pink letter.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the screening and a copy of Sketches of Ethiopia on 180g super fidelity vinyl, send an email with 'Broken Flowers' in the subject line to competition@operanorth.co.uk

Usual terms and conditions apply. Closing date for entries is 12.00pm on Friday 19 February.

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