New festival Serious Space Shoreditch brings global sounds to East London

Shoreditch is about comes alive when Serious – producers of the EFG Jazz festival – launch their first Serious Space Shoreditch: A Festival of Discovery (18-23 May) at two venues Rich Mix and Miranda (at the Ace Hotel). The festival features new artists alongside established acts with contemporary music and new projects using vivid audio-visual illuminations.

First up, Paris-based Brazilian singer, Flavia Coelho (pictured top) will be performing samba, bossa nova and Brazilian melodies supported by DJ Cal Jader, founder of London’s Movimientos the live events and music label company, at Rich Mix (18 May) performing songs from her debut album, Bossa Muffin, and her new release, Mundo Meu. Malian blues guitarist and singer songwriter Boubacar Traore performs his blend of African music influences at Rich Mix (21 May), performing music from his album Mbalimaou, which was released earlier this year.

Southern Italian music ensemble, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who perform traditional Pizzica (19 May), the band features drummer/violinist Mauro Durante, classical guitarist Emanuele Licci and solo singer Maria Mazzotta alongside dancer, Silvia Perrone. With other band members Giulio Bianco (Italian bagpipes), Massimiliano Morabito (accordion), Giancarlo Paglianlunga (tamburello and vocals), they won an Amnesty International 2014 human rights award for their single ‘Solo Andata’ (One-way Ticket) from their album Quaranta. They have taken their music across the globe to the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, and in Shoreditch they will perform songs from the new album as well as dipping into a legacy of 17 other releases.

Other performers at Shoreditch include the House Gospel Choir; Martinique singer Chassol who performs the cinema score of Big Sun set against a film screening accompanied by audio visual technician Sisi Lu and drummer Ollie Howell; singer songwriter Mara Carlyle performs her repertoire range of choral, jazz, bluegrass, electronic and R&B; and Joe Acheson (Hidden Orchestra) will present a live project of his recent remixes of classical and folk.

Serious Space dates are: Flavia Coelho at Rich Mix (Monday 18 May); Canzionere Grecanico Salentino at Rich Mix (Tuesday 19 May); Frederico Albanese at Miranda at Ace Hotel (Tuesday 19 May); Chassol at Rich Mix (Wednesday 20 May); Boubacar Traore at Rich Mix (Thursday 21 May); Mara Carlyle at Rich Mix (Friday 22 May); House Gospel Choir at Rich Mix (Saturday 23 May); Joe Achelson (Hidden Orchestra) at Miranda at Ace Hotel (Saturday 23 May).

– Livvy Fernandes

For more info go to www.serious.org.uk

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