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World Music

Tony Allen

7 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tony Allen

Synopsis

The Source

One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen’s style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years.

An original member of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Adé to Damon Albarn. Allen has continued to be a true innovator with his own music, drawing on electronics, dub, R&B and rap in a synthesis he refers to as ‘Afrofunk’.

With his most recent album, The Source, he brings together a rich, complex sound that ‘straddles jazz and Afrobeat in an elegant push-and-pull’ (Pitchfork).

As beats land in unexpected places, their loose-skinned thump resonates with a polyrhythmic thrust rooted in Africa, but tempered by American jazz.

— The Financial Times

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Sat 7th Apr
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Folk

Singing with Nightingales

19 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Singing with Nightingales

Synopsis

Sam Lee & Special Guests

As springtime spreads across England, come to the woods and hear the courting song of nightingales beamed live into the Howard Assembly Room as darkness falls.

The adventurous British folk singer and song collector Sam Lee is joined by a host of his musical friends in a concert of folk songs old and new. As darkness falls more deeply, the concert culminates in duets sung with the nightingales themselves, as they start their courtship song in faraway starlit forests. A unique, candlelit concert, never to be forgotten. This performance lasts around 2.5 hours. 

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Thu 19th Apr
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Music

Joan As Police Woman

20 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Joan As Police Woman

Synopsis

American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan As Police Woman is known to many for her collaborations with Anohni, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and David Sylvian.

A deeply soulful artist who crosses musical genres effortlessly, The Guardian describes her music as ‘soulful adventurism – a voice so wonderous and moving it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane’. For this performance, she goes back to her roots with a laid-back, piano-focussed set taking in songs from her new album Damned Devotion and her outstanding back catalogue.

In association with Super Friendz

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Fri 20th Apr
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Jazz

Ambrose Akinmusire

28 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ambrose Akinmusire

Synopsis

With support

American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released in 2011 to rave reviews and comparisons to Miles Davis.

The Los Angeles Times praised his 'chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter or soar,' adding that 'Akinmusire sounds less like a rising star than one that was already at great heights and just waiting to be discovered.' Seven years on, his music is enriched by a compositional element and an opulent sound palette. His virtuoso trumpet is joined by his longtime quartet in a set filled with light and shade, lyricism and swing.

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Sat 28th Apr
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Film

Salomé (1923) with live score

12 - 16 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Salomé (1923) with live score

Synopsis

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr performs a newly commissioned, original soundtrack to the startlingly seductive 1923 silent movie, Salomé. 

Circuit des Yeux’s sound combines fingerpicked guitar, avant-garde electronics, minimalism and song with Fohr’s otherworldly voice, which has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker.

Haley Fohr and her band perform a soundtrack to Salomé, the scandalous 1923 film based on the story of Herod’s stepdaughter.

Conceived, produced, and starring the stupendous Russian actress Alla Nazimova, Salomé was a resounding flop on release, with its story and rumours of debauched parties at Nazimova’s mansion on Sunset Boulevard causing it to be shunned by the major studios.

In the years since, its weirdly beautiful atmosphere and aesthetic – combining Art Nouveau, modernism and the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age – have led to its growing recognition as an exotic gem, and a cornerstone of camp.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds International Festival. 

Dir. Charles Bryant; 1923; 75 mins; USA

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Sat 12th May
Wed 16th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

14 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

For this programme, Alessio Bax plays pieces including Bach’s arrangement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Corelli and Liszt’s Dante Sonata.

Pianist Alessio Bax’s lyricism, insight and dazzling facility create ‘a ravishing listening experience’, with playing that ‘quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity’ (Gramophone), referred to by Dallas Morning News as ‘an out-of-body experience’. 

First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

*Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals for £62 with a Festival Pass and go to Alessio Bax’s Masterclass for free, saving you £24.50 in total (available from Box Office)

Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor (arr. J.S. Bach)
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Dallapiccola Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Liszt St. François d'Assise: La Prédication aux oiseaux
Liszt Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (Dante Sonata)
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Mon 14th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax

15 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Following the opening recital of the Leeds Piano Festival Alessio Bax returns to the Howard Assembly Room to host a Masterclass with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars.

Hailed by International Piano as "a pianist of refreshing depth", and winner of the 2000 Leeds International Piano Competition, Alessio will share his expertise and insight with three exceptional young pianists ahead of their own recital on 19 May.

*Book all five Leeds Piano Festival events and save £17

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Tue 15th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

19 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

The Leeds International Piano Competition’s Global Ambassador, Lang Lang, launched his International Music Foundation in 2008.

At its heart is his Young Scholars Programme. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang’s choice of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world are offered mentoring, tutelage and unique opportunities for performance. 

The Leeds Piano Festival is delighted to welcome three of his Young Scholars as the first part of a new collaboration.

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Sat 19th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

21 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Sunwook Kim first came to international prominence in 2006 at just 18 years old, as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

His Leeds Piano Festival programme demonstrates the depth of his understanding across a varied programme including Schumann’s emotionally expressive Humoreske Op.20 and Bussoni’s majestic transcription of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major.

Sunwook Kim has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in 2014. As a recitalist, he is a regular guest at the prestigious ‘Piano 4 Etoiles’ series at Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie in Paris, and is also a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.

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Bach-Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
Robert Schumann Humoreske Op. 20
Claude Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Johannes Brahms Handel Variations
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Mon 21st May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

22 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Lars Vogt’s exceptional versatility as a performer allows him to range between the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to Romantic composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling piano works of 20th Century Polish composer Lutosławski. 

His programme for the Howard Assembly Room includes Beethoven’s Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata', Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 2 in F major and Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces. 

During a prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris.

He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati.

Lars was the second-prize winner in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No 2 in F major
Leoš Janáček On an overgrown path Book 1
Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
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Tue 22nd May

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