Listen to Reem Kelani being interviewed ahead of her Why do I love her EP launch on 30thNov at St Johns Church, Waterloo

Debbie Golt, WiM Chair has a weekly radio show on Resonance  104.4 fm / DAB London www.resonancefm.com and interviewed Palestinian singer, composer, musicologist, broadcaster Reem Kelani this week. Reem talks about her new EP 'Why do I love her' and about her relationship with Palestine and how she works with her musicians .

Here is the link https://www.mixcloud.com/outerglobe/reem-kelani-interviewed-re-release-of-why-do-i-love-her-launch-eve-nov-30th-st-johns-waterloo/

Note the views expressed are Reem and Debbie's own. 

Here also is a link for Reem Kelani's EP launch https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/whatson/palestine-in-song-an-evening-with-reem-kelani/

"Arts Canteen proudly presents “Palestine in Song” An evening with Reem Kelani.

Internationally acclaimed singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani is recognised as one of the most enthralling and innovative performers of Palestinian and Arabic music.

In “Palestine in Song”, Reem will take us 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.

Reem will be accompanied by masterful UK-based musicians, whom she has introduced to Arabic music: Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on double bass and Riccardo Chiaberta on percussion."

TONIGHT - and also wonderful albums to note - AMIRA KHEIR & YARA LAPIDUS at Richmix, London

There is a wonderful all women artists night at Richmix, Bethnal Green  Road, London (just near Shoreditch High Street station) tonight with young Sudanese singer/composer Amira Kheir and her band and Lebanese singer/composer Yara Lapidus  Here is the event link, it is promoted by the excellent organisation Arts Canteen who often programme in women artists in a way that is exemplary!  

https://www.facebook.com/events/246020412686176/   Follow the link to find out more about the artists in any case! 

Arts Canteen is proud to present a double bill and extracts from dual album of Indefiniment by Yara Lapidus and 'Mystic Dance' by Amira Kheir.

Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir ('The Diva of the Sudanese Desert' - BBC World News), has been trail-blazing her way through the world music and jazz scenes of London, defying categorisation. Her 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 and neo-soul, in a vastness of 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, composer of film scores such as 'The English Patient' met Yara in 2012, he was enthralled by her unique vocal timbre. Two years of writing, followed by recording sessions at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London lead to the album 'Indéfiniment'. There is nothing indefinite about this production, but there is the meticulous and magical precision of a craftsman of music and sound, combined with a voice, like a siren. Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the album « Indéfiniment »was born from a passion for simple and timeless songs.

Here also is an interview that WiM chair Debbie Golt did with Amira and one of her musicians Nadir Ramsey www.mixcloud.com/resonance/the-outerglobe-25th-october-2019    They play live from Amira's new album Mystic Dance as well as talking about the music. 

Deeds Not Words - Scordatura Women’s Music Collective - 24 November, London

Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major Op. 38
Elizabeth Maconchy: String Quartet No 13 Quartetto Corto
Florence Price: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Amy Bryce: This is the House That Man Built (world premier)

To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act and the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, Scordatura Women’s Music Collective presents a programme of music by women on the theme of protest and resistance. The concert features Amy Bryce’s setting of Suffragette prison testimonies, as well as Louise Farrenc’s Nonet, the piece she used to force the Paris Conservatoire to grant her equal pay.

Scordatura Women’s Music Collective is a mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music written by women, to supporting and performing current composers and, through outreach work, to inspiring the next generation of women to compose.

For more details see https://scordaturawmc.com

St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2SA

Tickets £12/£6

7.30 pm

International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference and call for papers

7-8 March 2019 (International Women’s Day 2019)

Senate House, London, with evening events taking place at Club Inégales, London.

Proposal Submission Deadline: 30 November 2018

Musical leadership remains ones of the most male-dominated musical areas. As late as 2013, female conductors achieved a significant first, when Marin Alsop became the first woman to direct the Last Night of the Proms. Although female composers, songwriters, and performers have attracted significant scholarly attention, the issue of women’s musical leadership remains intriguingly under researched. This conference – timed to coincide with International Women’s Day 2019 – seeks both to redress this by focusing upon the participation of women in musical leadership (understood in the broadest possible sense) and to promote academic-practitioner dialogue.

In addition to a keynote address by leading practitioner Jenni Roditi, the conference will also feature a roundtable debate, and two evening performances at London’s Club Inégales. Club Inégales have, since 2011, presented some 100 gigs with artists from around world music-traditions collaborating with resident band Notes Inégales, who draw players from across genres. The first evening will be hosted by club director and composer Peter Wiegold, who usually uses a mixture of score, conduction, and improvisation. This evening, along with working with new scores by female composers, former Academy Inégales female graduates will be invited to lead the band. The second evening performance will be from Tic, Roditi’s professional improvisers’ choir, led by Roditi.

More details here: http://fass.open.ac.uk/iwmlc

Deeds Not Words - Scordatura Women’s Music Collective - 17 November, Oxford

Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major Op. 38
Elizabeth Maconchy: String Quartet No 13 Quartetto Corto
Florence Price: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Amy Bryce: This is the House That Man Built (world premier)

To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act and the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, Scordatura Women’s Music Collective presents a programme of music by women on the theme of protest and resistance. The concert features the world premiere of Amy Bryce’s setting of Suffragette prison testimonies, as well as Louise Farrenc’s Nonet, the piece she used to force the Paris Conservatoire to grant her equal pay.

Scordatura Women’s Music Collective is a mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music written by women, to supporting and performing current composers and, through outreach work, to inspiring the next generation of women to compose.

For more details see https://scordaturawmc.com

SJE Arts, 109a Iffley Road, Oxford. OX4 1EH

7.30 pm

Tickets £12/£6



Premiere of Jean Hasse’s 'without you' for soprano, clarinet, percussion on 12th November, Bristol

Sounds Moving in Time and Space

Gemini Ensemble:
Sarah Leonard soprano
Ian Mitchell clarinet
Joby Burgess percussion

Monday 12 November 2018 7.30pm
plus composers talking 6.45pm
St. Paul’s Church, Clifton, BRISTOL BS8 1LP
Tickets £10 (£8)

“Gemini, virtuosic and thrilling as ever...” – Gramophone

Programme:

• Jonathan Palmer “The Starlight Night”
Text by Gerard Manley Hopkins.(2008)
• Peter Nickol “These Waves Hitting Me”.
Text by Robert Hamberger.
• James D’Angelo Two songs on poems by Walt Whitman.
• Frank Harvey Iconoclasm for soprano & vibraphone.
• Jolyon Laycock “Stars Moving Westward in a Winter Garden” for coloratura soprano, clarinet and percussion.
Text by Julia Copus.
• David Greenhorne “…in the company of wolves” for clarinet, percussion and female narrator. Words by Angela Carter.
• Jean Hasse "without you" for soprano, clarinet and percussion
• Sulyen Caradon “Nowhere”; text Alan Hodge;
“Copse”; text Robert Graves.
• Geoffrey Poole “On Thin Ice” For Soprano, Bass Clarinet and Percussion. Text by the composer using Eskimo vocabulary