“What a surprising duo!... Cello and Steel Guitar, how could it work? But work it did with languorous, sensuous, moving music...amazing! Ravel's "Pavanne for a Dead Infant" is a well know piece, performed so often it has become over familiar. But their arrangement placed it in a different perspective and it sounded fresh, like hearing it for the first time. A great little concert, thoroughly engaging and enjoyable” Art Nouveau
This duo has established a strong reputation with their unique musical interpretations. Live webcast Youtube clip from the Convent Club 30/09/2015:
Flight of Fame is a commendation to musical innovation, courage and integrity. It is a commendation to great individuals who push music forward, rising above the limits set by their period and society, changing set rules and like a lighthouse beaming new light for actions that prove themselves righteous and valuable.
BJ Cole & Emily Burridge will be performing their eclectic mix of repertoire Sunday evening 09/10/2016
For more info on their program: http://emilyburridge.com/eb_2010_BJ_Cole.php
Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita + BJ Cole and Emily Burridge
Music/ Saturday, 30 April 2016 - 8:00pm / Hall One
£13.50 – £24.50 | Savers £9.50*
Winners of the prestigious fRoots Album Of The Year for their debut album Clychau Dibon and nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Duo and Best Traditional Track, Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita play ‘heavenly music... intricately realised’, combining an infectious onstage chemistry which defies categorisation and merges the boundaries between the genres of classical, world, folk and traditional music. The harp occupies a vital place in the incredibly rich cultures of both West Africa and Wales and, remarkably, both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, song and verse. Together, Finch and Keita have risen to the tough challenge of blending two completely different musical cultures and creating something coherent, relevant and entirely new.
Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales, and Arts Council England.
‘Blissful’ ★★★★★ Financial Times
BJ Cole and Emily Burridge create a dynamic energy with their complimentary musical perspectives, producing orchestral sounds in a new and refreshing context; weaving around one another in a sinuous dance of infectious sound and rhythm. Emily is classically trained virtuoso cellist with a talent for improvisation, and BJ has a 35-year-long session CV adding weight to the conviction that the pedal steel guitar is long overdue for a re-evaluation as an orchestral instrument with a sophisticated repertoire. The duo perform their own compositions alongside works by Erik Satie, Debussy, Purcell and Copland amongst others.
No Voices is curated by Ian Anderson of fRoots Magazine in association with Alan Bearman Music.
Emily Burridge and Felix Gibbons of Incandescendo have worked alongside a host of musical luminaries in Jazz, Classical and Popular music including George Michael, Roger Daltry, Jools Holland, The Specials, Olodum, Peter Gabriel, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, and many more…
This duo of British musicians who have worked extensively in many genres travelling far and wide with their music, deeply enriched by the process, none the less maintain their origins, bringing to their work a kaleidoscope of fresh musical influences which break new ground between Classical, World and Jazz idioms. Felix is an internationally acclaimed percussionist specialising in the multiplicity of instruments that characterise the distinct rhythms of Brazil and Latin-America. These dance around and enhance the melodic sounds of Emily, the classically trained virtuoso 'cellist, who, energised by the rhythms, finds them a limitless source of inspiration for composing and improvising melodies. As they are both comfortable on a number of instruments and share a fascination for the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic aspects of the music, this becomes a truly collaborative process.
Video filmed & produced by Chris Mugford http://www.chrismugford.com