Monday, 24 June 2019

Luzmira Zerpa - Bright Star Electrica



A World in London, Borough, London, UK
19th June 2019

Lighting up the universe, superb singer and composer Luzmira Zerpa on this A World in London! Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-19th-june-2019/

You know that expression, ‘the light & soul of the party’? Well when Family Atlantica were on the scene their performance was exactly like one big party, with lead vocalist Luzmira Zerpa as its shining star. The group may be resting but its charismatic and vivacious Venezuelan co-founder Luzmira is still electric, focusing her creative rays into a solo album that promises an abundance of energy. Luzmira Electrica, as it’s called, sees this superwoman in a more introspective mood, ‘music is silence as well’, she says quite rightly. She’s working on a collection of traditional Amazonian songs that were taught to her by an adoring uncle, who inadvertently also taught her not to sing out of tune the way he did! These songs are rooted in the earth, and held up by the sky – unshakeable, natural, and organic – the same qualities reflected in Luzmira’s uniquely brilliant & powerful voice. Her lyrical content is that much more poignant in this shifting, changing world we often find ourselves in, and it’s like we’re now hearing from an artist that has had to grow up and face down numerous personal challenges which she candidly shares about in this very personal AWIL interview. Luzmira, which means ‘light’ was named by her beloved father who always believed in her outstanding talent. ‘Hope is born out of darkness’ she says, and when referring to her creative powers, she explains that ‘desire has its own intelligence’. Sample a sneak preview of Luzmira Electrica on this AWIL, and be swathed in the light of hope.

19/6/19 – AWIL 215. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-19th-june-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low. Also this week Juliana Yazbeck at SOAS Radio, click:https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-305-juliana-yazbeck/ Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Chocolate Hills (Alex Paterson – The Orb & Paul Conboy) at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com  


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

iskwē - A World in London

iskwē

with Alex Mak

A World in London, Borough, London, UK
11th June 2019


Powerful and passionate singer songwriter iskwē was on #AWorldInLondon at Resonance 104.4fm with guitarist Alex Mak. Her soulful and revealing lyrics offer deep insights into the present lives & history of indigenous communities in Canada, telling stories that need to be told and very much heard. 

Alex Mak
iskwē is an Indigenous pop and electronic music singer from Canada, who received a Juno Award nomination for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018 for her second album The Fight Within. The name iskwē is one part of the artists' traditional Cree name, which was gifted to her through ceremony in 1998 and she prefers this moniker over the legal name she was given at birth, as it is a connection to her spirit and culture. Further to this, iskwē has adopted Standard Roman Orthography to write her name, removing the use of capitalization, because this is a common practice used by Cree academics to write the language.

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, iskwē has lived in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto, and now calls Hamilton, Ontario home. She released her debut album Iskwé in 2013.
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and break away from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of iskwē's artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album. Her debut single "Nobody Knows," produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
iskwē garnered a win at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year. She followed up with a number of singles before releasing The Fight Within in 2017. In 2018, she received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song "Healers".



Tuesday, 4 June 2019

RAKA - Blistering Balkans

Josh Middleton


Ben Pitt
Lori Secanska
Josh Middleton
Lucy Tasker
Austin Cooper
John Macnaughton
Tim Karp 


Blistering Balkan music with RAKA on A World In London at Resonance 104.4fm.
Hear Ben Pitt, Lori Secanska, Josh Middleton, Lucy Tasker, Austin Cooper, John Macnaughton, and Tim Karp ignite our studio with their uplifting repertoire derived from Bulgaria, Romania, and Macedonia! Plus songs by recent #AWIL guests Angie Paice and Jason Kwan Music! #London #globalmusic #worldmusic #Balkans #BalkanMusic #livemusic#music #radio #Raka #band #accordion #davul #tuba #clarinet #saxophone#viola #vocals Pics & production by Sophie Darling Norman Druker Alban Low #DJRitu

Austin Cooper
Austin Cooper - TUBA

Growing up in a house of seven in the fen lands of Norfolk, Austin was consigned to the string section in the interests of keeping the family peace. As soon as he hit the road to London he started honking on bigger and bigger things until gaining access to a dubiously acquired tuba through the hands of Josh Middleton. Cutting his bassline teeth with Yoshke and the Wolves, leading UK brass band BYOB, mainstay of dub reggae outfit General Skank and a few other pots on the boil, playing with Raka is the biggest test of his springy diaphragm.

Lucy Tasker
Lucy Tasker - CLARINET
Lucy started playing the clarinet from the age of 10 in Japan where she lived as a child. She has studied Balkan music and jazz in Belgium and London, and traditional Bulgarian folk under Bulgarian maestros in Plovdiv. She has toured playing festivals and venues across the UK and abroad.

Ben Pitt
Ben Pitt - VIOLA
Ben Pitt is a London based Viola and Gadulka player, with a dedication to East European folk music and particular interest and experience in Bulgarian folk music.  As a Graduate in Music at Sussex University, Ben’s professional training over the three years was at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Over the more recent years he has reiteratively traveled to Bulgaria to learn from masters of the style, Angle Dobrev from Zornitsa Orkestra and Atanas Slavov-Mravcho as well as study at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv.  As a performer Ben has  collaborated with many musicians form projects such as; Barcelona Gypsy Balkan Orchestra, Tantz, Bucimis, and Don Kipper. Ben has studied with Dzambo Agusevi Orkestar and has taught at the London Fiddle Convention. 

Josh Middelton - ACCORDION
Josh Middleton is an accordionist and composer specialising in Klezmer and East European Folk styles. He has been performing music professionally since the age of 14, graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a first class degree in Ethnomusicology, and has since been intensively studying both Klezmer and Bulgarian music, the latter at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv. Josh has worked with many Klezmer and Balkan music ensembles such as She’koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet, Tatcho Dorm, Raka and Don Kipper, has shared a stage with Klezmorim such as Frank London and Merlin Shepherd, taught at Klezfest London alongside Klezmer scholars such as Alan Bern and Joel Rubin, and recorded for artists as diverse as DJ Vadim and Kadialy Kouyate.
John Macnaughton
John Macnaughton - SAXOPHONE
Professional Saxophonist and Clarinettist specializing in the folk/world music scene in London. John studied on the prestigious BA Jazz course at Leeds College of Music (2010), and recently graduated from the MA Music Performance course at SOAS (2017) with distinction. Having played with many leading ensembles and musicians including, Guinean Griot; Mosi Conde, Nigerian Afrojazz band, 'Ayetoro', Afrofunk band 'Bronzehead', and Croatian Big Band 'Mimika', John has also worked in theatre(the London Bubble, Nick Cassenbaum, Viva Productions), and done various sessions for TV and film(Bleach Productions). Over recent years John has focused his energies on Klezmer and Balkan music. Having studied with leading musicians including Merlin Shepherd, Susie Evans, and Frank London.

Lori Secanska
Lori Secanska - VOCALS
Lori Secanska is an experienced vocalist, performer and a session singer, originally from Slovakia. She collaborated with many world music and experimental projects all over Europe, was a member of an international choir Apsora led by a Roma singer Ida Kelarova, a lead singer of a 40-piece ensemble London Gypsy Orchestra and recorded vocals for an award winning independent film 'Never let Go'. She performed at many international festivals and venues such as Pohoda Festival(Slovakia), Ealing Jazz Festival(UK), Union Chapel, Southbank Centre and St James Theatre(UK). Lori currently performs with a klezmer band Oysland and a balkan band Raka.

Tim Karp 



Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Kaykay Chauhan - Bollywood Swing



Kaykay Chauhan
Unifying genres, Kaykay & Co. on this A World in London!
Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-8th-may-2019/

Anj & Kaykay Chauhan exceeded all our expectations with their limitless, eclectic, genre-hopping set on this AWIL! Kaykay’s artist biography points to collaborations with the crème de la crème of bollywood playback singers like Asha Bhosle and Kumar Sanu, whose latest album he also produced. But actually Kaykay has always harboured a secret passion for 80s electro pop, formed in his teenage years whilst taping Top of the Pops every Thursday onto VHS. Bands like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, and The Pet Shop Boys inspired Kaykay to take up keyboards, along with his dad’s harmonium, and soon he began performing on a global level. Vocalist Anj, Kaykay’s partner, is also self taught, natural and spontaneous. In the medleys you’ll hear on this show, she roars, purrs, and giggles, but most of all she sings in every style with perfection and panache. Anj’s ability to ‘act with the voice’ is reminiscent of top playback artists like Asha, but she has the raw gutsy power & soul of Usha Utap. Anj identifies with Etta James’ mantra:“Even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it”. Anj’s influences include Tina Turner and of course Etta, but she can carry a Bhajan or Bollywood tune skilfully too. Both Anj & Kaykay are huge fans of The Beatles too and in their Lennon-esque ‘Human Medley’, you’ll hear Hindi film favourite Kal Ho Naa Ho, rubbing shoulders with John’s ‘Imagine’. Kaykay & Anj are testament to the bountiful rewards of being British and South Asian, and the diasporic strings to our bow which cannot be confined within stereotypes. See Kaykay and Co. around town at a multitude of gigs and concerts, with their full line up which includes fellow superb vocalists Rekha Sawhney and Shahid Abbas Khan. Bollywood Jackson is their latest project and a treat for all ears! Later, I asked them whether being a married couple means they’re always making music at home? ‘Nah’ was Kaykay’s emphatic reply, but then this is guy who can improvise with anything and aside from composing, producing, and playing the piano, he’s also a music education teacher plus avid Liverpool FC supporter. After the show though, AWIL assistant Lucas Keen bid me farewell by saying ‘So I’m not gonna be with you for a few weeks cos hey, I’m getting married.’ Clearly some of Anj & Kaykay’s marital & musical magic had spread! Find out more here: Instagram @kaykaychauhan Twitter @kaykay_chauhan Facebook Page - Kaykay & Co. 
Anj

8/5/19 – AWIL 209. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Re…/a-world-in-london-8th-may-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Janine Irons & Gary Crosby from Tomorrow's Warriors at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/…/a-world-in-london-299-tomorrows…/ Next week global music at SOAS Radio and glam-pop singer Jason Kwan Music at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli… #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/ Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com
#London #globalmusic #worldmusic #Jazz #Bollywood #PopMusic #livemusic #music #radio #BritishAsian #composer #pianist #arranger #producer #singer

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Samaïa - Polyphonic Wanderlust

Luna Silva
Samaïa
Luna Silva
Noémie Nael
Eléonore Fourniau

A tryclone of unaccompanied voice with Samaïa on this A World in London! 

Eléonore Fourniau
Vivacious vocal trio Samaïa are in town for the London leg of their European tour. Their debut album is a rich powerhouse of women’s voices reinterpreting folk songs from across the globe, gilted with unique harmonies. On this AWIL they gifted us with treasures from Sweden, Turkey, and Bulgaria, and we learned about their unconventional warm up exercises that include massage and yoga! ‘We sing with our whole body’ explains Luna Silva, going on to describe the athletics of intertwining melodies through three voices. Samaïa weave a rich tapestry of polyphony, mostly accapela, but with minimal touches of percussion, that add to the primal feel of their songs. In fact they met at a Georgian polyphonic workshop, which hints at how extraordinary they are. Luna is the daughter of a Spanish clown and English actress, studied ethnomusicology at SOAS, plus Hindi, ukulele, and jaws harp. Noémie Nael comes from a theatre background. Eléonore Fourniau, studied in Istanbul, plays the saz, and is a queen of Anatolian ornamentation. The three might all have been raised in France but when it comes to music, possibly even The World Is Not Enough to contain their wanderlust! Samaia take their name from a Georgian dance performed by women which originated in the 12th century. Sample a glorious tricolour of harmony, magic, and shakti with the 21st century Samaïa now - three wonderful voices dancing in one superlative body of sound! 

Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/SamaiaGroupe/ See Samaïa live across France in June & July, and back in the UK at Shambala Festival Aug 25th & Campfire Club Aug 30th!

Noémie Nael
1/5/19 – AWIL 208. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-1st-may-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Nina Swann from Live Music Now at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/a-world-in-london-298-live-music-now/ Next week Janine Irons & Gary Crosby from Tomorrow’s Warriors at SOAS Radio and glam-pop singer Jason Kwan at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com  



Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Steve Williamson and Hamish Moore - A World in London



Steve Williamson
Hamish Moore

The Steve Williamson Experience on this A World in London! 

Hamish Moore
One of the UK’s most revered musicians is back with a brand new trio and a whole new experience! Sax hero Steve Williamson launches his tour on May 1st at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, flanked by two fine up and coming talents, double-bassist Hamish Moore & percussionist Zoe Pascal. They’ve blossomed out of the vibrant South London hot-house collective, Tomorrow's Warriors, founded by innovative and inspirational Gary Crosby & Janine Irons, which has revitalised British jazz beyond recognition, creating a cult that is also inclusive of women and black musicians. Steve is a key role model for Tomorrow’s Warriors and his new UK tour is a collaboration with them, adding Tomorrow's Warriors StringTing as support. The jazz scene has its own protocol, and this includes passing the baton to the next generation of musos, plus learning the essential Jazz standards. For Steve growing up in West London, mentors were in short supply aside from Art Blakey, so he had to look Stateside. He recalls practising on his saxophone for at least thirteen hours every day, absorbing tunes by John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, that is, when he wasn’t performing with mighty reggae stars like Mafia & Fluxy or Misty In Roots. In the 90’s Steve was intensely active, producing three acclaimed albums within as many years and collaborating with Shabaka Hutchings & Courtney Pine to name but a few. On this AWIL he tells us about how his brain is perpetually in motion composing new pieces, and we see him on the sax - fiery, brilliant, sensitive, and, intense. In fact that intensity, plus authenticity, underlines Steve’s way of being - as with many exceptionally talented musicians – prolific bursts of energy, touring, creating, recording, and then bouts of withdrawal and rest. It’s all about balance, and Steve describes life as an ‘undulating sound wave’. Catch him now, peaking at the top of one of those waves, with the Steve Williamson Experience! Full tour dates are: May 1st Purcell Room London, May 10 Turner Sims Southampton, May 18 CBSO, Birmingham, May 23 St. Georges Bristol, May 24 Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, July 20 Hull Jazz Festival.  www.tomorrowswarriors.org

24/4/19 – AWIL 207. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/…/a-world-in-london-24th-april-20…/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Grammy nominee composer Ella Spira from INALA: A Zulu Ballet at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASr…/a-world-in-london-297-Inala/ Next week Nina Swann from Live Music Now at SOAS Radio and Samaïa at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli… #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/ Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com
#London #globalmusic #worldmusic #jazz #livemusic #music #radio #saxophone #doublebass #composer #musician #SteveWilliamson

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Alvorada - First Light



Jeremy Shaverin
Luiz Morais
Alua Nascimento
Rachel Hayter
Andrew Woolf
Jeremy Shaverin

Andrew Woolf
The First Family of choro, Alvorada on this A World in London! 

Luiz Morais
One of the most exciting new bands in London have just launched their debut album but because the gig was packed out they’ve added an extra date at Pizza Express Holborn on May 2nd 2019! Alvorada’s ‘First Light’ showcases their fresh take on choro, the lively, instrumental music style born in nineteenth century Rio, which they fuse with Jazz, samba, and baiao. It’s a genre which came out of intimate bars/rodas, where musicians are grouped closely together right in the thick of the crowd. Alvorada played exactly in this way on our show, huddled together like a tight-knit family of virtuosos, skilfully improvising through challenging rhythms and intricacies. The band formed in 2016 and boasts a sterling line-up derived from Brazil’s music royalty -  Luiz Morais on seven-string guitar, and Alua Nascimento on pandeiro, plus Brazilian music aficionados – flautist Rachel Hayter, Andrew Woolf on clarinet, and Jeremy Shaverin on cavaquinho. Catch the First Family of choro, on this AWIL and reserve a copy of First Light before it comes out on May 1st!
                 
Alua Nascimento
10/4/19 – AWIL 205. Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-10th-april-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week singer/songwriter Fiona Fey at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/a-world-in-london-296-fiona-fey/ Next week Bonnendis at SOAS Radio and Aimee Leonard Choir at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1 http://www.djritu.com  
Rachel Hayter


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Al Nicholls - The Exchange, Twickenham

Al Nicholls

Joes the Hat presents
Al Nicholls
Sandra Mae Luykx
Leon Greening
Dave Chamberlain
Sebastiaan de Krom

29th March 2019
The Exchange, Twickenham, UK

Leon Greening
Al Nicholls gained a sound musical education at Leeds College of Music (1983-6).  After leaving Leeds he cut his teeth in a succession of Jump Jive and Rhythm and Blues bands. In 1987 he joined Mike Sanchez’ Big Town Playboys, undoubtedly the best British R&B band of their generation. Al met Dick Laurie when he moved London (Putney) and played in various versions of Dick’s ‘Elastic Band'. In the 90s he became a major figure in the R&B/Jump Jive scene. 

Sebastiaan de Krom
After bringing some discipline and musicianship to the wonderful musical mayhem which was King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys (1992/4), he fitted in superbly with the highly skilled masters of the JJ idiom, The Ray Gelato Giants (1994/6), becoming their principal arranger. In recent times Al continues to be a sought-after session musicians and freelance swing saxophonists, regularly invited to appear at prominent jazz venues, clubs and festivals, with such as Pete Long’s Echoes Of Ellington and many others. He’s also a regular member of T.J. Johnson’s band, Tony Pitt’s All Stars and, of course, Blue Harlem. 

Sandra-Mae Luykx
A talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, Sandra-Mae Luykx plays saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone), guitar, piano, percussion and has performed around the world in places like London, Amsterdam, New York, Brazil and in some of Vancouver's most prestigious venues including The Orpheum Theatre. Now living in London (UK), Sandra-Mae was a regular on the Vancouver music scene. She has played almost every venue in Vancouver (including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival) with her own groups performing jazz, pop, soul, R&B, folk, disco, Motown, funk and Brazilian music. She was in the house band for Vancouver's Backstage Lounge for five years playing baritone saxophone in the Funk/Soul/Motown band The Phonix.
Dave Chamberlain

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Ranagri - Playing For Luck

Eliza Marshall
Ranagri
Dónal Rogers
Eliza Marshall
Joe Danks
Ellie Turner

23rd March 2019
The Slaughtered Lamb, London, UK

Alt folk band Ranagri are a combination of Irish and English musicians; Dónal Rogers (Vocals/Guitar), Eliza Marshall (Flutes/ Whistles), Ellie Turner (Electric Harp) and Joe Danks (Bodhrán/Guitar). Since forming in 2013, Ranagri have recorded three studio albums at Grammy Award Winning Record Label Stockfisch Records, with their latest record ‘Playing For Luck’ released in January 2019. Acclaimed previous albums are Fort of the Hare (2014) and The Great Irish Songbook with pop legend Tony Christie (2015). ‘Voices’, recorded at Real World Studios and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Graeme Pleeth, and ‘Tradition’, were both released on Goatskin Records in 2016. Festival performances include Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Lyme Folk Weekend, Trinity, Bloom (Dublin) and Purbeck. No strangers to large venues, Ranagri have performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Fairfield Halls, The Union Chapel, Buxton Opera House and Camac Harp Festival in France to name a few. Combining their love for world music, they have collaborated with top Indian musician Kuljit Bhamra OBE, and members of Britten Sinfonia at The Bhavan Centre, London. Ranagri toured in 2017 with Justin Currie (of Del Amitri) at Islington Assembley Halls, Perth Concert Hall, Holmfirth Picturedrome and Cambridge Junction, followed by a tour of Scotland and Germany whilst writing and recording their latest album ‘Playing For Luck’ at Stockfisch Studios throughout 2018.

Dónal Rogers
Dónal Rogers (Vocals/Guitar)
 Dónal has written music for Film, TV, Radio, multimillion selling artists and is published by BMG. He wrote Tony Christie’s last release in 2017 which charted in Germany. His music has been performed worldwide in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and many UK and European festivals.

Eliza Marshall (Flutes/ Whistles)
 Eliza is one of the most in demand flautists in the country - from performing onstage as soloist for the Royal Opera House in A Winter’s Tale to playing principal flute on numerous film scores, albums and live touring. Eliza has performed and recorded alongside Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, White Stripes, First Aid Kit and Peter Gabriel.

Joe Danks
Joe Danks (Bodhrán/Tenor Guitar).
 Joe was the winner of Ireland’s 2016 International Bodhrán Soloist of The Year. He has appeared at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and is currently ‘Musician in Residence’ at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Joe is director of Pulse Arts who specialise in music in healthcare settings working in Great Ormond Street Hospital amongst others.

Ellie Turner
Ellie Turner (Electric Harp)
 A former winner of first prize in the European Harp Competition, Ellie is currently Head of Harp at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has graced some of the best stages in the world in Shanghai, Sydney, Berlin, London and Hong Kong. A composer and collaborator, Ellie has instigated a wide range of musical projects exploring everything from hip hop and Electronica to Indian classical music.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Marina Deligianni - Contemporary Greek Chanteuse


Marina Deligianni
Marina Deligianni
Dimitris Gionis
Spyros Katsaros

20th March 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
The delicious voice of Marina Deligianni on this A World in London! 

Spyros Katsaros
Marina Deligianni sings a tribute set to Marinella, the iconic Greek chanteuse that has recorded sixty-six solo albums. This week on AWIL, we feasted on some of these songs and also played a Game of Threes with Marina and her trio mates, Dimitris Gionis and Spyros Katsaros. All three artists were locked in spellbinding brilliance between bouzouki, piano, and vocals, that we could have happily listened to forever. It was a family affair in every sense as Marina’s dear mama & papa tuned in from Athens to our studio near London Bridge, linking two great cities, and her proud parents with her musician siblings, through the gift of her gorgeous voice. But then Marina’s voice has the power to unite a universe with its rich exquisite tones and expressive depths, plus her skilful, passionate, pitch-perfect delivery, across vast emotional and genre range. When she covers popular numbers they sound extra-special and unique, part of Marina’s completely eclectic repertoire, encompassing everything from Mariah Carey ballads to Salsa. The songs closest to heart though are classic & contemporary Greek, and she is one of the key instigators of the unmissable Rebetiko Carnival festival - together with other members of her talented extended family like Pavlos Carvalho - which returns in June 2020. Of Marinella, Marina says ‘nobody sings quite like her’, but we say, nobody sings quite as beautifully as Marina Deligianni. 

Dimitris Gionis
20/3/19 – AWIL 202  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-20th-march-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Jazz legend Branford Marsalis at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-293 Next week Shuva Das at SOAS Radio and Daemonia Nymphe at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com  EqualisingMusic


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Arhai - Where Light Resides


Jovana Backovic
Jovana Backovic
Adrian Lever

13th March 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Radiant new rays of musical light by Arhai on this A World in London! 

One of our favourite London duos is back with a brand new E.P. called ‘Where Light Resides’ and they’ll be launching it tonight at Library London in Covent Garden! Vocal-sculptor Jovana Backovic and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Lever are the talents behind ArHai, fusing a path between ancient music and digital tech, through electronica, folk and EFX, with tamboura, dulcimer, darbuka, and that most divine instrument of all, Jovana’s pure and powerfully elegant voice. ArHai released their critically acclaimed debut album, Eastern Roads, back in 2013, so we’re all thrilled to welcome in their new material! This fine pair of London musicians explore every nook and cranny of what their instruments are capable of, pushing their boundaries, and as we heard in their live session on AWIL last night, Adrian even squeezes sitar sounds from his tamboura, while Jovana filters her voice through the prism of Ableton, drawing out a magnificent spectrum of rainbow sounds. Lyrically, one of the potent messages from Arhai for our Brexiting  times, was poignantly expressed by Jovana who grew up in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia: ‘I come from a country that was broken, and still is. Music is my way of putting myself back together’. Where the light is, the love resides too – feel it with ArHai! More about Arhai here: www.arhai.com

Adrian Lever
13/3/19 – AWIL 201  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-march-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Kurdish-Celtic connections with Peyman and Parastoo Heydarian at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-292-peyman-heydarian/  Next week Branford Marsalis at SOAS Radio and Blue Zoo at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com  EqualisingMusic



Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Olcay Bayir - The Voice of Dreams and Harmony

Olcay Bayir
Olcay Bayir
Ignacio Monteverde

6th March 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

The voice of harmony & dreams, Olcay Bayir on this A World in London! 

Olcay Bayir’s hotly anticipated second album, Ruya, comes out on March 29th via ARC Music, and it’s a triumph! On this deeply personal CD, Olcay has tuned in to her inner thoughts and dreams, creating songs drawn from her experiences between Antep and London, adding some vivid story-telling, as well as lush instrumentation topped by her gilted, luxurious voice. Olcay is a trained opera soprano with a three-octave range, which we verified in the studio, but she never sat comfortably in the western classical world. Her musical heart lies in the Anatolian region of her childhood, offering up a vast range of material to inspire and challenge, though Olcay skilfully manoeuvres through Maqams and tricky vocal ornamentations that are easy to get wrong but which she gets  absolutely right - making them seem easy. She’s put her new music partner, Ignacio Monteverde, through his paces with complex Arabic time signatures, despite his prowess with flamenco guitar, but he seems to relish the steep learning curves! Other contributors to Ruya include Kefaya’s virtuosic guys Al MacSween and Guilliano Modarelli, so from start to finish this album has been built by an outstanding cast of musicians, led by Olcay herself. When we first met her in 2015, just after her debut album ‘Neva’ was released, we knew she was special, and ‘Ruya’ affirms that initial insight, but also completes our joy in seeing how much she has evolved as a singer AND songwriter, now graduating in the school of stardom, with flying colours. Hear Olcay and Ignacio live on this AWIL, our 200th edition at Resonance FM, and book tickets now for her album launch at St John’s Church, Leytonstone on April 12th! More about Olcay here: www.olcaybayir.com

6/3/19 – AWIL 200  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-6th-march-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Luganda nursery rhymes with Diana Lwanga at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-291-diana-lwanga/  Next week Peyman Heydarian at SOAS Radio and Arhai at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInMusic #EqualisingMusic

Monday, 4 March 2019

Mieko Shimizu & Keiko Kitamura - A World in London

Mieko Shimizu

27th February 2017
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

The soul of Japan from the heart of London with Mieko & Keiko on this A World in London! 

Next week a sea of women will march through our capital’s streets with Million Women Rise and connect with sister events globally on the one day of the year when 52% of the population is fully acknowledged and prioritised. There will be showcases everywhere spotlighting the wealth of female musical talent that is too often marginalised in our festivals & live music scene, and one of these is at The London Jukebox in Islington on Thursday MARCH 7th. On the EVE of International Women’s Day AWIL has programmed a perfect line-up that includes this week’s radio guests Mieko Shimizu & Keiko Kitamura - two of London’s finest musicians with a unique sound bridging this city with Japan. Their music is built around Mieko’s latest album, ‘I Bloom’, which juxtapositions electronica and left field neo classical elements with Keiko’s traditional 13 string Koto. Mieko is the vocalist in this sumptuous duo with a voice you can float away in, to a higher state of consciousness, and maybe to the edge of Mount Fuji where she spent her childhood. Her lyrics come from dreams and nightmares, oscillating between the real and surreal and last year reality struck big time when Mieko became ill and nearly met her maker twice. They say that life is never the same after a near-death experience, and perhaps ‘I Bloom’ is even richer as a result. Certainly the bond between Mieko & Keiko as artists which was instant and has been constant since they first met in 2012 has deepened, synchronising them into one of the most special musical duos ever created.

I’ve been lucky to receive many beautiful gifts from guests on AWIL but – ha! – never dog biscuits for my birthday girl Rottweiler. Keiko remembered because she shares the same Earthday! So while my dogs greedily devour their new treats, I’ll savour every musical note by Mieko & Keiko, and so should you when ‘I Bloom’ is released in June on Street Furniture Records. Meanwhile, catch Mieko & Keiko live at The London Jukebox on March 7th for A Women’s World in London alongside Nina Miranda, Luzmira Zerpa, Marina Deligianni. Sofia Pechlivani, Garance, and me! Mieko Shimizu’s website: www.miekoshimizu.com Keiko Kitamura’s website: www.keikokitamura.com

Keiko Kitamura
27/2/19 – AWIL 199  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-27th-february-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week global music mix at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-290-winter-summer/  Next week Diana Lwanga at SOAS Radio and Olcay Bayir at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInMusic #EqualisingMusic

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

SOAS Klezmer Band - The party is ON


Laura Thomlinson
SOAS Klezmer Band
Clayton Dahm
Rachel Sears
John MacNaughton
Laura Thomlinson
Kieran Hagan
Vivi Lachs
John MacNaughton
Four weddings & no funeral with the SOAS Klezmer Band on this A World in London! 

Clayton Dahm
We had a fabulous  dance - tanz fest on this AWIL as the SOAS Klezmer Band whirled us around the studio with their mix of traditional  Eastern European sounds & Yiddish songs! SKB is the only university group in our capital dedicated to preserving this Jewish music tradition and its current members include brilliant musicians like Clayton Dahm, Rachel Sears, John MacNaughton, Laura Thomlinson, Kieran Hagan, and the ubiquitous dance caller & ‘Whitechapel Noise’ author Vivi Lachs. SKB was created just at the turn of this century by founding members like Merlin Shepherd and its offshoots include groups like She’koyokh, Don Kipper, and Oysland. Anyone can join the SOAS Klezmer Band so what are you waiting for? The party is ON! Find out more via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SOASKlezmer/

Kieran Hagan
20/2/19 – AWIL 198  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-20th-february-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Polish & Indonesian folk with Aga Ujma at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-289-aga-ujma/  

Rachel Sears
Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Peyman Heydarian at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com
Vivi Lachs