Live music, Dance and Performance

    May

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    • Leicester Jazz House Richard Fairhurst Trio

    • Thursday 3 May. 8pm - 10.30pm
    • In advance £12 / £5
    • On the day £14 / £7
    • On the first Thursday of the month, Leicester Jazz House treat you to a spectacular line up of high quality jazz from the experimental, dynamic, warm and beautiful.  Leicester-born pianist Richard Fairhurst has been an important figure on the British jazz scene since the mid 1990ís. His ongoing significance is evident in the recent album of superb duets which he recorded with the late, great John Taylor.
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    • zerOclasikal: One

    • Friday 18 May. 7.30pm - 9.30pm
    • £10 / £6 concessions
    • zerOclasikal is a project that celebrates radical and experimental approaches to South Asian classical music by giving a platform to the next generation of British South Asian classical talent. In this experiment, an ensemble of Vainikas explore and push the limits of this ancient instrument over a programme of new work featuring unique bass tones, multi-octave sounds and rich gamakas. The Veena is a South Indian stringed lute instrument, one of the oldest within the South Asian tradition and with each individual instrument having its own tonal quality, style and timbre; will a Veena ensemble work?

    June

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    • Leicester Jazz House Freddie Gavita Quartet

    • Thursday 7 June. 8pm - 10.30pm
    • In advance £12 / £5
    • On the day £14 / £7
    • On the first Thursday of the month, Leicester Jazz House treat you to a spectacular line up of high quality jazz from the experimental, dynamic, warm and beautiful.  BBC Big Band featured soloist Freddie Gavita is backed by a Rolls Royce rhythm section. The quartet of mature virtuosic improvisers produce music which is both exciting and dynamic as well as warm and sensitive.
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    • Knighton Chamber Orchestra

    • Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm
    • Fraser Noble Hall, Leicester
    • £10 / £8,  £3 under 18's and students
    • We have renovated the Dutch organ in Fraser Noble Hall for Simon Headley, organist at Leicester Cathedral to play the Handel Organ Concerto in G minor.  The glorious Chopin piano concerto No 2 will be played by Russian pianist Alexander Karpeyev.  Simon and Sasha are making their solo debut with KCO.  Finally we will perform a great favourite, Brahms Symphony No 1.
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    • Skytribe presents: Chicas Locas Burlesque Summer Showcase

    • Saturday 9 June. 8pm - 10.30pm
    • £7. 16+
    • Stay out for a glittering night of burlesque with Doe Demureís troupes Chicas Locas Burlesque and Skytribe tribal fusion belly dance. Expect glamorous costumes, comedy and tease with a mix of group and solo performances.
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    • Contact Improv Jam: Work In Progress

    • Sunday 17 June 1pm - 4pm
    • Pay what you think
    • Welcome to all abilities, express yourself through sensory warm up exercises and contact improvisation skills led by leading dance artists. Stay to watch Midlands-based artists present productions currently in development spanning a wide variety of artistic disciplines from theatre, dance to live art.
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    • Grace Petrie & The Robot Needs Home Collective Present Fire In Your Heart Folk Club

    • Saturday 23 June. 7pm
    • £8 / £5 advance £10 / £8 on the day
    • ‘A truly captivating singer of traditional songs, Jack Rutter’s new record feels like one of the classic folk albums of the 70s’ - Jon Boden
      ‘There's a refreshing integrity about its stripped-down values. What comes to the fore is the durable strength and beauty of the songs.’ - ★★★★★ Colin Irwin, fRoots
      ‘An astonishingly mature debut from this young folksinger; there is a heartfelt purity to his stripped-back approach.’
      - ★★★★ Songlines
      Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The recent release of his debut solo album, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, produced by Joe Rusby and recorded completely solo and live in the studio with no overdubs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Critics are praising his traditional style of singing ‘beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling’ (Songlines), and playing ‘guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments are beautifully constructed and played – never getting in the way of the song, but supporting and building it’ (The Living Tradition Magazine) that have come together to create Hills, an album which ‘takes him to a whole new level, quite simply outstanding.’ (★★★★ RnR Magazine).
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    • Sitar Music Society

      Between the Lines: Explorations with Santoor

    • Friday 29 June. 7pm - 9pm
    • £10 / £8 concessions
    • The Sitar Music Society aims to advance the education in the history, theory and playing of the sitar, drawing on the long and distinguished heritage of Indian Classical Music to assimilate its excellence and develop its relevance for today ís world. Hailing from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, the Santoor is complex in its simplicity. Join Kaviraj Singh as he blends musicality with rhythmical patterns to explore the depths and heights of this resounding instrument with astounding flair and skill.

    July

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    • Parkin & Deans Presents

      The Mike Sole Takeover Special

    • Friday 6 July. 7.30pm - 10.30pm
    • Pay what you think
    • Parkin & Deans present the best of Leicesterís live music in an intimate candlelit evening filled with good humour, drinks and incredible talent. All evenings are Pay What You Think. Everyone is welcome, especially newcomers! "When I (Parkin) was working at a school years ago, there was always a fourteen-year-old kid hanging around the piano. And when he played ñ wow! As a pianist, Mike Sole has flourished with age to become an essential part of the Leicester music scene. So Doug and I are handing a night over to him!"

    Soundbites

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    • Soundbites in our Princess Diana of Wales hall

    • Every Tuesday lunchtime starting at 12.45 - 1.45pm, FREE
    • Enjoy lunch at the Arts Bar café and experience a variety of delightful live music from local talented musicians and performers to entertain you during your lunch break in our Princess Diana of Wales hall. See full line-up here.
    • No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!

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