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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar

Synopsis

Originating from a village in northern Morocco, the music of Jajouka has been described by William S. Burroughs as “the 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band”.

Championed by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones and Ornette Coleman, the propulsive grooves and trance-like melodies of the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet.

"This is a living music," says film director Jarmusch, "and whenever I listen to its hallucinogenic properties, (I believe) that if The Master Musicians of Jajouka were to ever stop the flow of their magic, the earth might well stop rotating on its axis".

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Wed 28th Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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Founder of Irish super-group The Gloaming, Martin Hayes’ nuanced and profound approach to the Irish fiddle draws inspiration from many genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

He plays with long term collaborator and fellow member of The Gloaming, virtuoso guitarist Dennis Cahill. 

Together, their music represents the vitally beautiful traditional element of The Gloaming’s sound, found in haunting melodies and rousing medleys, whilst creating an alchemy all of their own.

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Thu 29th Sep
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On the Waterfront

Film

30 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

On the Waterfront

Synopsis

In the electrifying performance that would define his career, Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, a one time prize-fighter resigned to backbreaking work as a longshoreman on docks ruled by a ruthless union boss.

Nominated for twelve Oscars and winning eight, including Best Actor for Brando and Best Director for Kazan, On the Waterfront remains a haunting portrait of life on the margins.

This thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama is illuminated by Brando’s central performance, which redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.

Dir. Elia Kazan, USA 1954, 103 mins. Cert PG.

Shown to accompany Puccini’s Il tabarro on Opera North’s main stage, with an introduction before the film by Professor Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in World Cinemas from the University of Leeds.

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Fri 30th Sep
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Light Night 2016

Classical

7 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night 2016

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Entranced

A sea of tiny lights, music on all sides. At this year’s Light Night, enter a world in which music has the power to bewitch, enthral and soothe your spirit.

From Sufi devotionals to JS Bach, for kora and oud, violin and cello, Entranced threads together transformative music that comes to life all around you.

Sit or lie where you like, stay as long as you like and enjoy a unique Light Night experience as performance steps down from the stage and takes over the Howard Assembly Room.

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Fri 7th Oct
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Steven Osborne

Classical

13 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Steven Osborne

Synopsis

Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his long awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a glorious Late-Romantic programme.

The programme includes Ravel’s Menuet Antique, Debussy’s Children’s Corner and music by Poulenc.

Having recorded the complete solo piano works of Ravel and Debussy’s Preludes, he deeply inhabits both the music’s technical and formal complexities, and its emotional depths of clarity, colour, and feeling. The result is an interpretive approach that is both technically brilliant and deeply affecting.

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Thu 13th Oct
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Claudia Aurora

World Music

14 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Claudia Aurora

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Porto-born fadista Claudia Aurora’s second album, Mulher Do Norte, translates from Portuguese as ‘Woman of the North’.

Written with the clarity of distance, it is a homage to the city, the way of living, that make her the woman she is. Infused with the tingling beauty so peculiar to fado, her performance of classics and original songs (written with Portuguese guitarist Bernardo Couto) are by turns nimbly lyrical and gorgeously melancholic.

Guitar, strings, bouzouki, accordion, and above all Claudia’s voice, combine to create fado with arms open wide to embrace nuances of the other grand traditions of the Iberian Peninsula: flamenco, tango and chanson.

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Fri 14th Oct
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Lynched

Folk

15 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lynched

Synopsis

Irish four-piece Lynched (named after the founder-members, brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch), is a punk-folk group from Dublin. 

The group mix street-songs and classic ballads in the traveller tradition with wild dance music and nods to psychedelia and rock ’n’ roll.

With an instrumental line-up featuring uilleann pipes, fiddle and bayan (a Russian accordion), the group are famed for their four-part harmony vocals. Their debut album, Cold Old Fire, drew comparisons to Planxty and the Dubliners while Mark Radcliffe says that ‘They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.’

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Sat 15th Oct
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Mahotella Queens

World Music

26 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mahotella Queens

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In 2015 the legendary South African female vocal ensemble celebrated fifty years of performance, but they show no signs of slowing down.

The Queens bring to Leeds their stirring, rolling Mbaqanga blend of R&B, gospel and traditional styles, which for many years dominated the South African townships. Their distinctive multi-part vocal harmonies combine with guitar-led riffs, searing a capella moments and fast-paced dancing.

The Mahotella Queens — Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and the newly crowned Queen Amanda Nokuthula Nkosi — now represent more than just one generation. Their live show is full of dance, joy and energy and is even more vibrant than ever before.

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Wed 26th Oct
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Flit

Folk

29 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flit

Synopsis

Some of today’s most influential musicians explore themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs set within a world of breathtaking stop-motion animation.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and Becky Unthank from The Unthanks, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary live show.

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan MoffatSet within a captivating animated world and a haunting sonic landscape, these exquisite songs are performed by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and Adam Holmes.

Contains strobe lights and some strong language.

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Sat 29th Oct
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Don't Look Now

Film

31 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Don't Look Now

Synopsis

For Halloween, ‘A superbly chilling essay in the supernatural’ (Time Out).

Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film is one of the great horror masterpieces, whose creeping fingers of dread, apprehension and psychological trauma create an effect more powerful than straightforward fear.

A married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) are in Venice grieving the recent death of their young daughter when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Roeg maps Sutherland’s disintegrating psyche onto the labyrinthine alleys and murky canals of Baroque Venice to poignant and devastating effect.

Dir. Nicolas Roeg, UK / Italy 1973, 110 mins. Cert 15.

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Mon 31st Oct
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Cat's Eyes

Music

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

Synopsis

Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist.

While their self-titled debut seemed grown in the dark, the duo’s latest album Treasure House is flooded with light, featuring lush, expansive arrangements and pure voiced vocals with a sinister edge.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen, by the band whose glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie was the soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy. Everything about their music feels cinematic.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

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Wed 2nd Nov
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Suspiria

Film

4 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Suspiria

Synopsis

With live score by Goblin

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a classic of lurid Italo-terror and a stone-cold masterpiece.

A new student arrives at a ballet school in the Black Forest and quickly discovers that something is very wrong.

Viciously violent and exquisitely shot, with influences as diverse as German Expressionism and Disney, Suspiria is saturated by Goblin’s score for the film, building dreamlike intensity and delicately shredding your nerves.

Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band who recorded the original soundtrack to the film, play it live in their current incarnation, in the perfect Gothic setting for an evening of delicious horror.

Dir. Dario Argento, Italy 1977, 97 mins. Cert 18

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Fri 4th Nov
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