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Klezmer-ish: 15 September
The music of the travellers
Join four members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a unique programme of exotic music, Saturday 15 September.
With a rich and varied programme showcasing the romance and passion of the music of travelling peoples of the world, Klezmer-ish explore traditions ranging from Hungary to Ireland and beyond.
They explore the music of immigrants from all sorts of musical and cultural backgrounds who left their homelands to travel the world in pursuit of a better life. People took their musical traditions with them and as much as they influenced the music scene wherever they settled, so was their music influenced by the cultures they encountered in their new-found homes. Klezmer music of Jewish immigrants, tangos by Piazzolla (who grew up in Argentina as a son of Italian immigrants) or the gypsy jazz of Stéphane Grappelli / Django Reinhardt (the fantastic collaboration of a classically trained French/Italian musician with a self-taught gypsy guitarist) are all examples of amazing musical fusions and intercultural exchanges.
Klezmer, tango and Gypsy jazz are only part of the repertoire.Be introduced to Italian folk music which has its roots all the way back in the music of the troubadours (the travelling Italian musicians of the 13th century), and reacquainted music of the Irish immigrants who settled in the States and brought their traditional fiddle music and a fusion of our native classical music with Latin jazz – there is so much more to explore! The incredible diversity of the repertoire is unique.
No one is purely accompaniment or the main voice. The bass often takes the leading part and plays the melody. This certainly introduces an unusual sound world. And so does the great variety of instruments used- three different clarinets, B flat, E flat and bass, and saxophone, all manner of guitars and the violin in some numbers.
Klezmer-ish are all classically trained musicians. They are:
Tom Verity: Clarinets, whistle
Rob Shepley: Guitar, voilin, vocals
Concettina Del Vecchio: piano accordion, violin
Marcel Becker (double bass)
The fusion of our rigorous background as classical musicians with our passion for exploring exciting new musical territories is what makes us special. We met through our ‘day jobs’ in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, but Klezmerish is what happens when we put away our bow ties and let our hair down!
Tickets are available online or by telephone on 01629 810152 and are £15.
Saturday 15 September, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Dr. John Cooper Clarke: 23 September SOLD OUT
So Long, Farewell: 28 September
A World War I folk musical, with poetry and song. Plenty of opportunities for audience participation, with rousing choruses to join in with. Written by Linda Woodroffe and starring Alison & Pete Robinson, Ed Hulse, Jenny Edgson, John Prentice, Jill Drury, Keith Kendrick, Sylvia Needham, Penny Bun and Rob Bostock.
28 September, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Jeremy Hardy, 26 October
National treasure and BBC Radio 4 stalwart, Jeremy Hardy drops in. His BBC Radio 4 work includes Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and You’ll Have Had Your Tea. He has also done various bits of television, most notably, Now Something Else with Rory Bremner, Saturday Live, Blackadder Goes Forth, Loose Talk, Jack and Jeremy’s Real Lives with Jack Dee, If I Ruled the World with Graeme Garden and Clive Anderson, and Jack Dee’s Helpdesk.
Friday 26 October, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Martin Harley, 24 November
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he’s absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.
24 November, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Phill Jupitus: 30 November
Join stand up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.
Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC Two’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for nineteen years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live stand up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI and Alan Davies As yet Untitled, and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo.
On BBC Radio 4, Phill is a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth, and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. In addition, he has presented numerous radio documentaries including, Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips, Calvin and Hobbes and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage.
Phill’s theatre work includes playing Bottom in the Bath Theatre Royal production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, appearing alongside Jason Manford in the UK touring production of The Producers as Franz Liebkind, the West End production of Urinetown in the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell at the Apollo Theatre, and his West End singing debut in 2009 when he played Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray at The Shaftesbury Theatre.
30 November 7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
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