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Ruben Fox

L'Aubette Live

An installation shot from Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

Acclaimed saxophonist Ruben Fox pays tribute to the introduction of the jazz saxophone with a live performance in the Gallery.

The Bal Tic Tac, Giacomo Balla’s spectacular futurist-designed nightclub, caused a sensation in 1921 by introducing the jazz saxophone to captivated audiences in Rome. Returning to the Barbican, saxophonist Ruben Fox pays tribute to this electrifying moment. 

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout Into the Night, the galleries will come to life with performance in the exhibition’s recreation of Strasbourg’s iconic L’Aubette (1928), focusing on the vitality and diversity of jazz as performed across the globe. The evenings are co-curated with Mark Kavuma, a prominent young trumpet player on the British jazz scene.

Classic cocktails will also be served in the adjoining recreation of Vienna’s jewel-like Cabaret Fledermaus bar.

The performance starts at 7pm and is free with an Into the Night exhibition ticket. 

Please note that the performance finishes at approximately 8pm and the gallery closes at 9pm.


mark kavuma and michael shrimpling playing music in the exhibition into the night at the barbican

Barbican Sessions: Mark Kavuma & Michael Shrimpling


Trumpet player Mark Kavuma and bass player Michael Shrimpling perform 'Memories of you', composed by Eubie Blake, in our exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art.

Install shot of Cabaret Fledermaus

Rebuilding Vienna's Cabaret Fledermaus

From a black and white photograph to a life-size recreation in our gallery, we explore the story behind Cabaret Fledermaus and how we brought it back to life in Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art.

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