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Convergence Panel Discussion
26 Apr 14 / 13:00 / Fountain Room
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An evening with Rosanne Cash
The River & The Thread
30 Apr 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Devendra Banhart / Rokia Traoré
Kicking off Nonesuch Records' 50th celebrations
2 May 14 / 20:00 / Hall
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Robert Cray Band
Good-time, uptown, lowdown blues from the multiple Grammy Awards winner
6 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Natalie Merchant
The American singer returns with a new album on Nonesuch
10 - 11 May 14 / 19:30 / Milton Court Concert Hall
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Kronos at 40
A one-of-a-kind 40th-anniversary celebration featuring new music by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Jarvis Cocker and more
13 May 14 / 20:00 / Hall
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Explorations Weekend: Session One
Music by John Adams, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and more from two pioneering ensembles
17 May 14 / 13:00 / LSO St Luke’s
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Explorations Weekend: Session Two
Featuring Steve Reich's Radio Rewrite, Brad Mehldau, Timo Andres's Paraphrase on themes of Brian Eno and more
17 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Explorations Weekend: Session Three
Contemporary piano from Brad Mehldau, Timo Andres and David Kaplan
18 May 14 / 11:00 / Milton Court Concert Hall
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Explorations Weekend: Session Four
An exclusive new commission featuring Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens and more
18 May 14 / 14:00 / Milton Court Concert Hall
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Explorations Weekend: Session Five
Music from Jonny Greenwood and Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Jessica Rivera
18 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Chick Corea: Solo Piano
A rare solo concert from one of the heroes of jazz piano
19 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Tyondai Braxton: HIVE
+ Luke Abbott
20 May 14 / 20:30 / Oval Space
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Emmylou Harris
Performing Wrecking Ball with Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jim Wilson
25 - 26 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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An evening with Caetano Veloso
Pushing Brazilian traditions into exciting new realms with his new album, Abraçaço
27 May 14 / 20:00 / Hall
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Toumani & Sidiki Diabate
A dazzling performance from the acclaimed Malian kora master passing the torch to his son
30 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Quay Brothers: In Absentia and Kwartet Smyczkovy
with Arditti Quartet & Skalpel

Kinoteka Closing Night Gala
30 May 14 / 20:00 / Union Chapel
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The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen + John Sinclair
Celebrating the centenary of Sun Ra's birth
31 May 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Richard Skelton
Music inspired by memory and landscape
1 Jun 14 / 19:30 / LSO St Luke’s
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Grouper & Paul Clipson
Hypnosis Display
8 Jun 14 / 19:30 / LSO St Luke’s
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Eddi Reader
plus special guests Kris Drever and Éamonn Coyne
11 Jun 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Lena Chamamyan
The Syrian singer performs new songs written from her Parisian exile
13 Jun 14 / 20:00 / Hall
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In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited
with Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Mick Harvey, Jehnny Beth (Savages), Cibo Matto, Sophia Brous, Stealing Sheep and Stuart Staples (Tindersticks)
20 Jun 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Maria Gadù
28 Jun 14 / 20:00 / Hall
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis plus special guests
The Best of Blue Note Records
2 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
Illustrations by Eddie Campbell and music from FourPlay String Quartet
4 - 5 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Ben Folds and Orchestra
with the Heritage Orchestra, featuring his new Piano Concerto
6 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Theo Parrish: Teddy's Get Down
A rare set with live band all to dance from the legendary Detroit producer
12 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Robert Henke: Lumière
Part of Digital Revolution
19 Jul 14 / 20:00 / Hall
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Eels
24 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Les Ambassadeurs: Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck and Amadou Bagayoko
The reunion of Africa's modern music pioneers
26 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Beasts of the Southern Wild Live (12A)
featuring Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin with the Serious Orchestra, conducted by Ryan McAdams
30 - 31 Jul 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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A Time and Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War
Featuring Becky Unthank, Rachel Unthank, Sam Lee, Adrian McNally and more
18 Sep 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Tavener: Flood of Beauty
with Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices
28 Sep 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Neil Cowley Trio
Masters of intoxicating and powerfully moving jazz shows return with their new album, Touch and Flee
3 Oct 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Clint Mansell
Film music from the Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated British composer
7 Oct 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Zakir Hussain
Masters of Percussion
18 Oct 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Adam Wiltzie & Dustin O'Halloran
20 Oct 14 / 19:30 / Milton Court Concert Hall
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Hugh Masekela + support
The jazz legend marks his 75th with his full band
27 Oct 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Nils Frahm
A mesmerising live show from the Berlin-based pianist and synth wizard
29 Oct 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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The Sound of Chaplin
Chaplin's First World War feature Shoulder Arms alongside early shorts, accompanied by original and new scores
30 Nov 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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Sounds of the South
with Megafaun, Fight the Big Bull, Justin Vernon & Frazey Ford
15 Dec 14 / 19:30 / Hall
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