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Barbican announces dates for Ibrahim Maalouf (11.7.) and DJ Spoony presents Babylon (30.4.)

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Ibrahim Maalouf – Capacity to Love

Mon 11 Jul 2022, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets £25 – 35 plus booking fee

Paris-based Lebanese award-winning trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf makes a welcome return to the Barbican’s music programme following his appearance at 2015’s EFG London Jazz Festival in a double-bill with Manu Katché. This summer he will present a brand-new show,Capacity to Love, which sees him mixing rap, jazz and Middle Eastern influences. Ibrahim Maalouf will be joined onstage by François Delporte (guitar), Frank Woeste (keyboards) Yacha Berdah (trumpet, keyboards) and Henry Was (drums) with further artists tba.  

One of the most popular artists on the French music scene, Maalouf’s work in blending genres has been recognised throughout the world for over 15 years. He is one of the rare instrumentalists in the world to sell out the VW Arena in Istanbul, the Lincoln Jazz Center in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Bercy AccorArena in Paris. Multi award winner, Ibrahim Maalouf’s 16th album will see him collaborating with cutting edge rap and Jazz artists. 

Produced by the Barbican
On sale to Barbican patrons and members on Wed 16 Feb 2022
On general sale on Fri 18 Feb 2022
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DJ Spoony presents: Babylon (15) with Live DJ Set and Screentalk with cast
Sat 30 Apr 2022, Barbican Cinema 1, 7pm

Tickets £12 plus booking fee

A seminal film which captured the changing sounds and youth culture of South London told through the experience of second generation of Caribbean migrants.

Babylon is both celebratory and cautionary, reflecting the excitement and vigour of the vibrant Soundsystem scene, whilst depicting the constant threat faced by Black youths from police and racist thugs. Featuring a stellar central performance from Brinsley Forde (noted for being the frontman of reggae group Aswad), Italian director Franco Rosso intimately captures the fabric of 1980s Deptford and Elephant & Castle, offering a priceless opportunity to take in the burgeoning Sound System subculture capturing the fashion, characters and mannerisms of those embedded in the local scene.

Accompanying the screening will be a DJ set by celebrated DJ and radio presenter DJ Spoony and special guests, in addition to a panel discussion featuring members of the cast.

On sale to Barbican patrons and members on Wed 16 Feb 2022
On general sale on Thu 17 Feb 2022
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Support announced

Circuit des Yeux

with LCO Soloists

+ Ka Baird

Wed 6 Apr 2022, Milton Court Concert Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets £18 plus booking fee

Celebrated figure in the Chicago experimental music scene, composer Haley Fohr brings her longstanding project Circuit des Yeux to the Barbican’s music programme in April 2022. She will be presenting material from her upcoming new album -io (out on Matador on 22 Oct 2021), brought to live by soloists from the London Contemporary Orchestra. -io is Fohr’s first Circuit des Yeux album in four years, following 2017’s Reaching for Indigo

Known for her arresting voice and the transportive moods she grows around it, Haley Fohr’s work strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience.

Support comes from NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ka Baird. She is one of the founding members of avant-psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise. Her current work explores piano improvisation, extended vocal techniques, physical movement, and her electronic manipulation of the flute. 

Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird on the Wire

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