Multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Beckles Willson brings her quartet Beyond Mode to London, animating a unique soundworld of voice, oud, bowed tanbur and double-bass interwoven with Indian tabla. The programme combines music by a female musician at the Ottoman court in 18th-century Istanbul, Dilhayat Kalfa, and newly-written instrumental pieces, songs and extemporisations for this unique quartet.
At the heart of the programme is Beckles Willson's Sing no Sad Songs for Me,
the composition that launched the ensemble, exploring the poetry of Christina
Rossetti, child of Italian exiles in 19th-century London. Sing no Sad Songs for
Me expresses the mysteriousness and poignancy of parting in death, while
bringing together in music the spaces of Europe and Asia all too often held
Beyond Mode emerged from musical encounters at Labyrinth Musical Workshops, Crete. Rachel Beckles Willson is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and researcher, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. Her work is dedicated to seeking out and amplifying unheard voices - often those of women, often those of people on-the-move.
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