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World Music

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

27 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

Synopsis

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine take to the stage.

Nai Barghouti recently toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out concert halls from Glasgow to London. She returns with her band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. 

She’s followed by favourites of the Paris jazz scene, Mohamed Najem & Friends. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and Jazz, to find a new musical language. 

All artists are donating part of their fee to the UNICEF efforts in Syria. For more information, please contact NiNi Productions: info@niniproductions.co.uk

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Thu 27th Jul
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World Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1 - 3 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Synopsis

The joyous and uplifting musical voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, referred to by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, marry the intricate rhythms and harmonies of Zulu traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. 

The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience ever since Paul Simon first worked with them in his 1986 Graceland album. The group combine powerful choruses and softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, with tightly-choreographed dance moves. 

Early booking strongly recommended.

Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant

Daily Telegraph

Next Performances
Tue 1st Aug
Thu 3rd Aug
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Family

Little Listeners

31 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

Next Performances
Thu 31st Aug
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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera: The Little Greats

14 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: The Little Greats

Synopsis

Do you want to learn more about this exciting season and what goes into staging an opera?

Join key members of The Little Greats cast and creative team, including director Annabel Arden and director/designer Charles Edwards, for a lively discussion in the Howard Assembly Room. 

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Thu 14th Sep
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Film

Film: Revolutionary Road

23 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Revolutionary Road

Synopsis

Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) find the confines of conventionality creeping around them when they move into a house in the suburbs. 

Part of The Little Greats

He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while her dreams of being an actress are set aside to become a homemaker. Longing for escape, they make a getaway plan. Directed by Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road is a theatrical, dark meditation on the American Dream.

Handsomely done and beautifully acted

— Empire

Directed with extraordinary skill… a tough road well worth travelling

— Rolling Stone

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Sep
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Classical

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

30 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

Synopsis

American violinist Leila Josefowicz’s partnership with John Novacek has been praised for its daring spontaneity and flair.

Gramophone called the duo “an outstanding collaboration… Their rapport is stunning".

They perform a programme of works marked by dark introspection and powerful emotion, including reflective pieces by Sibelius and Mahler, Prokofiev’s wildly beautiful Sonata in F minor and the mystical Calices from contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho.

Panache and supreme technical assurance… her virtuosity is breathtaking

BBC Music Magazine on Leila Josefowicz

Next Performances
Sat 30th Sep
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Film

Film: Carol

21 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Carol

Synopsis

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, Carol is the story of a forbidden love affair between an aspiring female photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a difficult divorce.

Part of The Little Greats

Evoking the period through homage to the great photography of the time, Carol has received critical acclaim for its beautiful cinematography and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

More than hugely accomplished cinema, it’s an exquisite work of American art

— The Telegraph

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Sat 21st Oct
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World Music

Trio Da Kali

22 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Trio Da Kali

Synopsis

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians).

Their music reaches beyond fame at home to Europe and the US. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali.

The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabaté, formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.  

The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. Still in his early 20s, he is one of the most creative of Mali’s new generation of musicians.

Despite only coming into being in 2012, Trio Da Kali has already performed at a BBC Prom, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival.

The closest I've ever got to the voice of Mahalia Jackson

— David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) on Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté

Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Oct
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Classical

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

25 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Synopsis

In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.

Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words. 

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.

"Extraordinary…sublime"

Real Time Arts magazine

Next Performances
Wed 25th Oct
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Classical

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

26 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Synopsis

Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism. 

While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style. 

Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.

Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International). 

For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.

Next Performances
Thu 26th Oct
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Film

Film: Journey To Italy

27 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Journey To Italy

Synopsis

One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini’s third feature stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an estranged English couple holidaying in Naples.

Part of The Little Greats

Within days of their arrival, the couple's relationship becomes strained and they discuss a divorce, but Rossellini’s masterpiece is more than just an anatomy of a relationship, presenting mortality, spirituality and emotion in this benchmark for modernist cinema. 

Mysterious, gripping and moving… there is real greatness in this movie

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 27th Oct
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Jazz

Uri Caine

2 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Uri Caine

Synopsis

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.  

His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.

In the course of a single piece….Caine's playing is alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic.

— BBC Music Magazine

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Nov

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