Directed and produced by Zaragoza native Javier Senz, ‘Manchester Keeps On Dancing’ is a documentary that takes a look at how house music got started in the city of Manchester during the 1980s. It serves as a reminder of just how important this city was as the first music scene in Europe to import house music from the north-eastern United States, before going on to expand this brand-new genre. The story is told by the DJs themselves, not to mention the managers of nightclubs like The Haçienda, which were responsible for taking house music to the heights it reached. It also features names from today’s scene, who are keeping the spirit of house music alive.
It all started with a DNA test.
A sample of saliva that would compel Puerto Rican rapper René Pérez Joglar (a.k.a Residente) to embark on an immense journey of self-discovery. A genetic revelation that would force him to walk away from all the fame and fortune of his internationally-acclaimed hip-hop outfit Calle 13, in order to reconnect with his ancestral roots…
Since 2001, Matthew Herbert has performed all over the world with his big band, from Montreux Jazz Festival to Trafalgar Square, from the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. For the last few years, however, the band has taken a backseat to more of his experimental work made out of pigs, bombs, and bodies. Now in 2017, Herbert has announced that he is to restart the Big Band in response to the challenges of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Naima, the keyboard-led contemporary jazz trio from Valencia, will be playing two dates for the 25th Edition of London’s EFG Jazz Festival: Saturday 11 November 8:30pm at Iklectik and Sunday 12 November 8:00pm at Rabbit Hole. The Festival will be held between Friday 10th and Sunday 19th November, with more than 350 performances taking place in 60 venues around London, including top artists such as Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Paolo Conte, Angelique Kidjo, Eliane Elias, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robert Glasper…
The French mystic and philosopher Simone Weil wrote that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”. ‘Andante’ is an invitation to pause, to connect with your senses, to be in a room with others and not have to say or even see anything. It is conceived as a generous and patient walk into a cloud of attention and time. The word andante refers to a type of musical movement that is moderately slow or distinct. It originates from the Italian word andare which means “to go”. Igor and Moreno make hypnotic and visceral works exploring people’s needs and desires. ‘Andante’ follows on from international tours of acclaimed works ‘Idiot-Syncrasy’ and ‘A Room For All Our Tomorrows’.
The 2nd edition of Echoes Festival takes place from 25th September to 11th November across some of London’s most prestigious classical music venues, including the Barbican, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Wallace Collection, St James’s Piccadilly, and The Other Palace.
Jazzoleá at Tuned In London
Wed 19th April 2017
Made up of artists from Seville, Barcelona and London, Jazzoleá captures the mystery of Flamenco, channels it through that ever changing phenomenon we know as Jazz and adorns it with a dance form which merges the spirit of Andalusia with the rhythm of swing. Esther Weekes combines these two dazzlingly masterful talents, singing & dancing, in this unique & spell-binding collaboration.
Cervantes Theatre presents this month ‘Darwin’s Tortoise’ (La Tortuga de Darwin), a play by the renowned Spanish playwright, Juan Mayorga directed by Paula Paz. The show will be presented in both Spanish and English with a translation by David Johnston.