Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO

Featuring: Yann Tiersen, Troy Miller with Laura Mvula and Shaun Escoffery, Erased Tapes X LCO with Qasim Naqvi, and ANOUSHKA SHANKAR

Southbank Centre presents its line-up of gigs and contemporary music for February 2019, including a UK exclusive with French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen, platinum selling producer, songwriter, composer, conductor and musician Troy Miller with double Mercury award-nominated Laura Mvula and Olivier Award-nominated Shaun Escoffery, and virtuoso Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer Marius Neset.

Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes X LCO – a year-long partnership with globally-respected record label Erased Tapes, and one of the UK’s most innovative ensembles the London Contemporary Orchestra – kicks off in February. Each collaboration in the series introduces handpicked Erased Tapes artists to Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, the Purcell Room, on four dates throughout the year. Free, open workshops, allow audiences an inside look into how the artists work together before exclusive evening performances. The series begins with Brooklyn based Pakistani-American composer and drummer Qasim Naqvi (Dawn of Midi) (PUR, 12 Feb).

Troy Miller, Gershwin Reimagined,

Highlights of February’s gigs programme include:

  • Composer and producer Troy Miller presents Gershwin Reimagined, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra and featuring vocals from double Mercury award-nominated Laura Mvula and Olivier Award-nominated Shaun Escoffery who, as well as releasing five albums, has played Mufasa in the West End musical The Lion King since 2008 – the longest a West End actor has played a single part continuously (RFH, 10 Feb).
  • French multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen (Amélie) presents his tenth album, ALL in the Royal Festival Hall. The album is the first to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal Project, built in an abandoned discotheque on the small island of Ushant in the Celtic Sea. It incorporates field recordings from the redwood forests of California to Tempelhof airport in Berlin, and features special guest vocalists, many of whom will join Tiersen for these exclusive London dates (RFH, 19, 20 Feb).
  • Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer Marius Neset brings his energetic creativity to Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for this live performance. A virtuoso performer and composer, Neset creates intricate, compelling music that he has toured across Europe (PUR, 5 Feb).
  • Free gigs in Southbank Centre’s Friday Lunch and Friday Tonics series.

Now On Sale:

  • In April, six-time grammy-nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar comes to the Royal Festival Hall to perform SHIRAZ, her newly composed score for the lavish 1920s epic silent film Shiraz: A Romance of India. Daughter and pupil of the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushkar will perform the score live, accompanying a screening of the film, which tells the intense and unrivalled love story of the Taj Mahal (RFH, 9 Apr).
  • In March, Icelandic post-metal masters Sólstafir perform their transcendent sounds with strings in the Queen Elizabeth Hall following the release of their sixth full-length album, Berdreyminn. Enveloping the audience in a wave of heady compositions from throughout their career, Sólstafir transfix listeners with their blend of metal, beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and classic rock (QEH, 10 Mar).

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