Curious Inbox

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Curious Inbox

Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.

Room to Breathe: 'Room to Breathe' is an immersive experience inviting one to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. You can journey through a series of rooms filled with personal narratives and objects that bring to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land. You can also explore the rooms to sleep, eat, create, meet and make the rooms your own. You are even invited to open the drawers, look through cupboards, settle into an armchair and contribute your story or make connections to the past and present! Organised in collaboration with migrant artists, the first in residence will be the Syrian Dima Karout who has been invited to use the space as her art studio and host workshops. Running alongsdie the exhibition will also a programme of related events and activities, from cookery classes to flash performances, storytelling evenings to art and craft workshops. Taking place 1 November, 2018- Summer 2019 at The Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG. 

Le Trio Joubran: Oud masters and innovators Le Trio Joubran perform music from a career spanning fifteen years including their anticipated new album 'The Long March'. From a family steeped in Arabic music, the three brothers Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran have been touring the world with their ouds. Through their mesmerizing songs they attempt to honour the struggles and oppression of indigenous peoples around the world and see their music as part of the Palestinian people’s effort for recognition. Their new record 'The Long March' is a landmark for the band, continuing to combine musical worlds with collaborations from Roger Waters and poet Mahmoud Darwish. Rock solos meet synths and Arabic verse; brooding and beautiful, contemplative and joyous. Taking place 3 February, 2019 at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.

Rachid Gholam: The second of a two-part concert series, MARSM is showcasing the enduring legacy of spiritual performance culture, partnering with iconic Moroccan singer Rachid Gholam and his full ensemble to showcase the worldwide premiere of ‘Spirit of Tarab’. A spiritual and colorful performance and journey, Gholam’s captivating voice invites masterful renditions of legendary Sufi figures - such as Maulana Rumi and Sheikh Ibn Arabi - and explores the expansive history of Sufi music and philosophy. Ranging geographiically from the Persian Mountains to the Andalusian coast, Gholam covers the reach of Sufism art and theory, uncovering the Iraqi Maqam, Aleppo Qadud and the Andulsian Muwashahat on its journey through time. Taking place 7 December, 2018 at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG.

Reem Kelani 'Palestine In Song': Internationally acclaimed singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani is recognised as one of the most enthralling and innovative performers of Palestinian and Arabic music. For this 'Palestine in Song' concert, Kelani will take the audience on a journey through the history and music of her homeland and beyond. Earlier this year, she explored the traditional music of Palestine from before and after 1948 on BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet. She will be accompanied by masterful UK-based musicians: Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on double bass and Riccardo Chiaberta on percussion. Produced by Arts Canteen in association with The Miktab Limited, this event takes place 30 November, 2018 at St Johns Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8T.

London Palestine Film Festival: The London Palestine Film Festival returns to showcase both highly established filmmakers and fresh, emerging talent and to encourage dialogue regarding Palestine’s film industry, culture and politics. Creating a stimulating platform and bringing together filmmakers, scholars and the public, the twelve days see an extensive programme that includes feature and short films, Q+As with directors, panel discussions as well as a Masterclass and a book launch. Taking place 16-28 November, 2018 at various London venues, including: the Barbican, Curzon Soho, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Phoenix, The Rio and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble: Violinist and composer Layale Chaker’s debut album 'Inner Rhyme' is a suite that explores aesthetics of Arabic poetry. This UK release concert unveils musical threads mapped through the rhythmical cycles of the twelve classical Arabic poetic meters. Listeners will feel the fluidity of oral and free forms, the abstraction of language into the physical contour of verses, and the percussive potential of words. Beyond expression, the composition process tries to capture the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry. Layale, who has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts and recitals around the world, is also a member of Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan, with whom she performs throughout the year in grand concert halls around the world. For this concert, presented by Arts Canteen and as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, she will be joined by the Sarafand Ensemble on 25 November, 2018 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

Yara Lapidus & Amira Kheir: A double bill with the trail-blazing Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir (‘The diva of the Sudanese desert’ – BBC World News) and Yara Lapidus. Kheir's music draws from traditional Sudanese music, entrenched in frenzied East African polyrhythms, pentatonic scales, and ancient mystical Nubian and Niolitic melodies, while being strongly anchored in experimental jazz, neo-soul and vast electric desert blues. Yara Lapidus has a voice from the land of the Cedar – deep, velvety, and made of a grain as soft as an embrace. When the great composer and producer, Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) met Yara in 2012, he was enthralled by her unique vocal timbre! Both musicians will perform from their joint album 'Indéfiniment'. Taking place on 23 November, 2018 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.

Faraj Suleiman Quartet: As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, MARSM UK and Kings Place present Palestinian composer and pianist Faraj Suleiman with this quartet. Born in a village in the upper Galilee, the renowned musician has been playing the piano since the tender age of three. Influenced by his passion for Arabic music and eastern rhythms, it is both Suleiman’s groundbreaking original compositions as well as his compelling renditions that have led him to become one of the leading composers of the Arab world. His penchant for Arabic scales and modalities smoothly blends with his inspiration from tango and jazz traditions to create a uniquely captivating sound. Since 2014, he has released five albums alongside numerous stunning works with poets, theatres and musicals. Taking place 21 November, 2018 at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. 

The Egyptian Jazz Projekt: A special concert bringing the Harfoush Jazz Band’s revival of some of the greatest songs from 1950s and 1960s Egypt, in a new swing and latin jazz sound, as part of the band’s music project titled 'The Egyptian Jazz Projekt', featuring versions of iconic Egyptian legends such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fareed Al Atrash, Saad Abdel Wahab and Shadia among others. Founded by Egyptian London-based jazz vocalist Ahmed Harfoush in October 2015, the band brings a new sound to jazz through unique arrangements mainly inspired by 1950s Egyptian and American songs as well as collaborating with other jazz musicians. The project has performed in Paris, Berlin, Cairo, Vienna, Melbourne, Dubai and London. Hosted by Arts Canteen, this performance comes as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and will take place 16 November, 2018 at Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London.

Film Africa 2018: The annual film festival celebrates the best of African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Hosted by the Royal African Society and established in 2011, every year Film Africa brings to diverse London audiences a high quality and wide-ranging film programme accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including: director Q+As, talks, workshops, master classes, school screenings and family activities. Supporting filmmaking talent, it also gives out the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. The festival, which this year includes films from Tunisia ('The Man Behind the Microphone' and 'Black Mamba'), Egypt ('Red Velvet' and 'Amal') and Sudan ('Akasha'), will be taking place 2-11 November, 2018 at venues across London.


Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.