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3-4/08/2018 GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA – TRADING ROOTS AND OPEN WORKSHOP

Friday August 3rd GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA – TRADING ROOTS
Candomblé expert Ricardo Axé (singer/dancer/drummer), South African trumpeter Claude Deppa and Latin percussionist Carlo Fuentes, the last in a series of monthly Friday night performances with outstanding improvising musicians from around the world.

Saturday August 4th GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA – OPEN WORKSHOP
Practical hands-on workshop exploring the musical and religious tradition of Candomblé (West African Yoruba culture as practised in Northeast Brazil), for reasonably able musicians of all ages, led by Ricardo Axé as part of Grand Union’s Trading Roots residency.
Time: 11am – 2pm (open public performance 1.30pm)
Participation free, bring an instrument

Featuring Candomblé expert Ricardo Axé (singer/dancer/drummer), South African trumpeter Claude Deppa and Latin percussionist Carlo Fuentes – the last in a series of monthly Friday night performances with outstanding improvising musicians from around the world supported by a 5-piece Grand Union ‘house band’. This evening’s focus, and the Saturday morning workshop, is on Latin-America.

Grand Union has created a ground-breaking programme of monthly Friday night performances, exchanging and combining different musical traditions, featuring internationally-celebrated artists supported by GUO core musicians. These are followed by open workshops on Saturday mornings for local musicians to meet and work with them, exploring how their tradition can link to jazz and improvisation.

Grand Union musicians include: Louise Elliott (tenor saxophone, flute), Gerry Hunt (guitar, soprano sax, violin); Andres Lafone (bass guitar); Carlos Fuentes (drums); composer/director Tony Haynes (piano, trombone); and on this celebratory gala occasion young musicians from Grand Union’s annual residential Summer School (July 30th – August 2nd).

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