‘Musical Exchanges’ - Celebrating Commonwealth Culture - concert and workshop series in Warwick and Leamington Spa, August 2022.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Leamington music promoters In The Moment are presenting ‘Musical Exchanges’, a short season of performances and workshops to celebrate the cultural enrichment that has grown out of the Commonwealth.
Adrian Litvinoff has forwarded the following press release;
P R E S S R E L E A S E
‘MUSICAL EXCHANGES’ - Celebrating Commonwealth Cultures
Leamington music promoters In The Moment are proud to announce ‘Musical Exchanges’, a short season of performances and workshops to celebrate the cultural enrichment that has grown out of the Commonwealth. The events are financially assisted by Leamington and Warwick Town Councils, and form part of Culturefest2022 linked to the Commonwealth Games.
Two of the events feature Leamington-based jazz group Interplay, led by bassist and composer Adrian Litvinoff. The band features Alan Wakeman
(saxes, flute), Neil Hunter (keyboard) and Dave Balen (drums, percussion), all among the cream of Midlands musicians. Interplay is popular partly because of its use of World Music rhythms and flavours. It has collaborated with many national Jazz performers representing different musical traditions, as is happening here:
August 6th sees Interplay appearing with trombonist Annie Whitehead (Rude, Jazz Jamaica Allstars, Penguin Café Orchestra) and trumpeter Claude Deppa (Jazz Warriors, Brotherhood of Breath, Carla Bley). Both Annie and Claude have played with Interplay before, but not together. This gig ‘Jazz Meets Dancehall’ will focus on how South African Township music and Caribbean music especially Ska and Reggae have interacted with Jazz, so it will be night for dancing as well as listening. At The Nelson Club, Warwick, 7.30pm.
On August 10th Interplay appears with Indian Classical dancer and singer Awantika Dubey. Awantika lives in the West Midlands and performs across the Far East in places such as India, Taiwan and China as well as here, where she often works with Dave Balen, Interplay’s versatile drummer. ‘Indian-Jazz Fusion’ will reveal how both musical traditions achieve rhythmic and melodic excitement and expression through improvisation. At the Dormer Centre, Leamington, 4.00pm.
August 20th brings together two contrasting singer-songwriters to ‘compare notes’ and perform songs together and separately. ‘Songs In Common’ features celebrated Warwick multi-instrumentalist annA rydeR, appearing for the first time with Sunjay, a British-Asian Blues guitarist and singer.
At the Dormer Centre, Leamington, 4.00pm
Three related workshops offer people a chance to participate in the arts even if they have little or no experience. These are:
Music Improvisation with Adrian Litvinoff and Alan Wakeman (Interplay).
August 13th 2.30 – 4.30 at the Nelson Club, Warwick.
Song-writing with Michael Luntley (‘From This Ground’). August 16th 2.30 –
4.30 in the Jephson Studio, Jephson Gardens, Leamington.
Bollywood Dance Taster with Awantika Dubey with Dave Balen (Interplay).
August 17th 2.30 – 4.30 in the Jephson Studio, Jephson Gardens, Leamington.
To make these events more affordable especially to families, In The Moment are offering half price tickets for under 18s, as well as a free ticket for any Carer accompanying someone with a disability. Two events are scheduled for a 4.00pm start to make it easier for families with children to attend.
Advance tickets for the concerts and two workshops are available from http://www.wegottickets.com.