Barbican announces Alice Coltrane Ashram Project, John Cale (2018-1964) A Futurespective and Field Music

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Alice Coltrane Ashram Project

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Saturday 18 November 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 11:00 & 17:30

Tickets £25 plus booking fee

 

A special celebration of the life, music and spirit of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda will take place at LSO St Luke’s on Saturday 18 November. The Ashram Community Singers will perform in this intimate and serene space, the perfect setting to extend the feeling and energy of Alice’s LA-based ashram to London. The performance will feature the devotional music Alice invented – inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice.

In the late 1970s Alice Coltrane adopted the Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda as she embraced the spirituality that became so central to the last four decades of her life. By 1983 she had established a 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram at which she began to record music which was released only within her spiritual community in the form of private cassette tapes. In May of 2017, with the blessing of Alice’s children, Luaka Bop released a compilation of these songs titled World Spirituality Classics, Volume 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane, making them available to the public for the first time. 2017 also marks what would have been Alice’s 80th year of life, as well as the 10th anniversary of her passing.

The Ashram Project is an experiential and participatory event and as such attendees are encouraged to embrace several aspects of the ceremony. At its core this event is an opportunity to chant and sing along with The Ashram Community Singers, ‘bhajan books’ featuring the lyrics will be given to all members of the audience, and will also be available to download in advance. Loose clothing is encouraged and shoes will be removed upon entering the space. After the ceremony ‘prashad’, a religious offering of simple vegetarian food will be served. To mirror the traditional sunrise and sunset ceremonies the event will take place twice on Saturday 18 November, first at 11:00 and secondly at 17:30.

These concerts precede A concert for Alice and John Coltrane at the Barbican Hall, featuring Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Denys Baptiste and Alina Bzhezhinska. Celebrating the profound musical legacy of Alice and John Coltrane, the stage will be graced by both a collaborator of John Coltrane in Sanders, and two prominent artists from the UK jazz scene – each drawing inspiration from the Coltranes.

 

On sale to Barbican members on Thursday 21 September

On general sale on Friday 22 September

Produced by the Barbican

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John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective

With the London Contemporary Orchestra

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets £35 - £45 plus booking fee

 

Legendary songwriter, producer and musician, John Cale returns to the Barbican next spring for his first-ever career retrospective. This follows on from a series of original albums for Domino Records and historic re-imagining of the Velvet Underground's 50th Anniversary in two concerts in Paris and Liverpool, as well as his performance of Barbican co-commissioned audio-visual collaboration LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra with Liam Young at the Barbican Theatre in autumn 2014. Marking his 76th birthday, the event in March 2018 spreads over two epic nights at the Barbican Hall and will see Cale revealing tracks from his forthcoming Domino studio album as well as addressing music going back to 1964 that he has rarely, if ever performed live. Audiences can expect to hear selections from the Velvet Underground and Cale’s landmark solo albums recorded in his years with Island Records will feature prominently. The performances will also include material from the classic 1992 live solo album Fragments of a Rainy Season.

In recent years, Cale has emphasised collaborative work. While reaching restlessly toward the future on his latest albums, he has also re-examined his past catalogue, including a reconfiguration of his milestone album Music for a New Society on M:Fans, released in 2016. In concerts dedicated to the music of Nico or the Velvet Underground, Cale has sought contemporary and emerging musicians who share his vision of breathing new life into this beloved back catalogue. For his Barbican concerts in March, Cale will team up with the London Contemporary Orchestra, who since 2007 have mined great experimental works of the 20th century, shedding new light and developing new audiences for avant-garde music. Highly-lauded collaborations with Jonny Greenwood, William Basinski, Matmos, Actress, Foals and Belle & Sebastian have made them the ''go-to'' orchestra for contemporary collaborations.

The programme on both Barbican concert nights will evolve around a core set of repertoire including rarities and old-time favourites, but might differ slightly each night. With the fullness of the orchestra, to the stripped-down minimalism and the layers in-between, John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective promises to continue Cale's mantra of 'expect the unexpected'.

These two Barbican performances are produced in association with Convergence. Now in its 5th year, Convergence is a series of concerts, exhibitions, and talks celebrating the latest technological developments of digital culture, elucidating issues, developments and innovation across art and society. 

 

Field Music with the Open Here Orchestra

Friday 25 May 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee

 

A specially-staged Field Music concert comes to the Barbican on 25 May 2018, featuring an expanded orchestral line-up with strings, brass, wind and percussion. The band’s core line-up of Peter and David Brewis, along with Kevin Dosdale on guitar and synth, Andrew Lowther on bass and Liz Corney on keys and vocals, will be augmented by a team of players who have performed on the band’s most recent albums.

Peter and David Brewis have been making records as Field Music since 2005. Their five previous album releases (including 2016’s Commontime and the Mercury-shortlisted Plumb) have been interspersed with solo albums, collaborations and film scores. The band last performed in a Barbican-promoted concert at Milton Court Concert Hall in February of 2017; Asunder, an audio/visual presentation, featured a film by Esther Johnson and music composed and performed live by Field Music and Warm Digits. The performance told the story of an English town during the First World War, and was creatively produced by Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne).

COMING UP IN AUTUMN 2017

 

Gainsbourg Symphonic with Jane Birkin

Featuring Heritage Orchestra and conductor Geoffrey Styles

Artistic direction: Philippe Lerichomme

Piano & musical arrangements: Nobuyuki Nakajima

Tuesday 26 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

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Ryoji Ikeda: Test Pattern
Thursday 28 September 2017 / The Old Selfridges Hotel / 19:00 & 21:30
Tickets £22.00 plus booking fee

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Midori Takada

+ Visible Cloaks

Part of Transcender 2017

Thursday 28 September 2017 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:30

SOLD OUT, returns only

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Kayhan Kalhor with the Rembrandt Trio

+ Awj Trio

Part of Transcender 2017

Friday 29 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30

Tickets: £20 – 25 plus booking fee

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Sacred Imaginations 1:

New and Ancient Music of the Christian East

Part of Transcender 2017

Saturday 30 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30

Tickets: £20 – 27.50 plus booking fee

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Different Trains 1947

featuring audio-visual collaborations from Actress, Sandunes and Jack Barnett

+ Darkstar

Part of Transcender 2017

Sunday 1 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30

Tickets: £15 – 22.50 plus booking fee

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Spacebomb Revue

Friday 6 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 30 plus booking fee

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Kid Creole & The Coconuts / Arto Lindsay

+ Justin Strauss

Part of Basquiat: Boom for Real

Saturday 7 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee

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GAS Live

+ Huerco S Live

Sunday 8 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee

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Darbar Festival: Kaushiki Chakraborty

Sunday 8 October 2017 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 18:00

Tickets £18 – 50 plus booking fee

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GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi

A New Score Performed Live

Wednesday 11 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

SOLD OUT, returns only

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Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

World premiere live screening of the BFI National Archive’s latest restoration

Featuring a newly commissioned score composed and performed by Anoushka Shankar

Saturday 14 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00

Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee

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Dasha Rush & LCC

Wednesday 18 October / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:30

Tickets £10 – 20 plus booking fee

Produced by the Barbican in association with Clon

Supported by the Goethe-Institut London

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Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band

Reisezehrung

Monday 23 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee

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Moondog for Gamelan: Performed by Iwan Gunawan & Stefan Lakatos

Saturday 28 October 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 19:30

Tickets £20 - 25 Plus booking fee

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Camille

Monday 30 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee

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Gilberto Gil + Cortejo Afro
with Nucleo de Opera da Bahia and Orquestra Nova Lisboa
Tuesday 31 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 60 plus booking fee
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Saz’iso

Saturday 4 November / LSO St Luke’s / 20:00

Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee

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Basquiat and Jazz

Featuring Black Top and guests

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival and Basquiat: Boom for Real

Friday 10 November 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 19:30

Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee

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Chucho Valdés + Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Saturday 11 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 14:30
Tickets £20 – 40 plus booking fee

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RIOT DAYS – Pussy Riot Theatre

Friday 17 November 2017 / Islington Assembly Hall / 20:00

Tickets £20 plus booking fee

Produced by the Barbican

Supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation

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Pharoah Sanders Quartet

+ Denys Baptiste + Alina Bzhezhinska

A concert for Alice and John Coltrane

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Saturday 18 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets £15 - 35 plus booking fee

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Terence Blanchard Quintet

Joe Zawinul’s Stories of the Danube

BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Sunday 19 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee

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Sō Percussion: From Out a Darker Sea

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 November 2017 / St Giles Cripplegate / 20:00

Tickets £15 plus booking fee

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Tan Dun: The Martial Arts Trilogy

with the London Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 30 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50-35 plus booking fee

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Unsound Dislocation: London

Friday 8 December 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30

Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee

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COMING UP IN 2018

 

Planet Harmonik by Aloysius Suwardi

Thursday 18 January 2018 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:30

Tickets £20 plus booking fee

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Video Jam x Basquiat

Basquiat-inspired short films with original scores performed live by Young Fathers, Ibibio Sound Machine and more

Part of Basquiat: Boom for Real

Sunday 28 January 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00

Tickets £17.50 – £22.50 plus booking fee

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Jeff Tweedy

Saturday 3 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00

Tickets £30 - 50 plus booking fee

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Nils Frahm – All Melody

Wednesday 21 Friday 23 & *Saturday 24 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30, *15:00 & 20:00

Tickets £25 – 35 plus booking fee

Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird on the Wire

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Benny Goodman: King of Swing

Tuesday 27 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00

Tickets £30 – 45 plus booking fee

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Wednesday 28 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 20:00

Tickets £30 – 45 plus booking fee

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The Next Generation of Jazz Showcase

Thursday 1 March 2018 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:00

Tickets £8 plus booking fee

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Niladri Kumar: Seduced by the Sitar

Tuesday 13 March 2018 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:00

Tickets £18 – 50 plus booking fee

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