The Unfinished Violin - carved by Richard S Howard, played by Sam Sweeney at York NCEM Rich and Dexter and I had a terrific night out this week at York NCEM to see Sam Sweeney perform his album The Unfinished Violin. Sam has put a superb band together for the show, with beautiful and powerful … Continue reading The Unfinished Violin at the NCEM
Blackbeard's Tea Party home town Halloween gig at The Fulford Arms, York. Packed house, a terrific set of Blackbeard's favourites with some excellent Halloween specials and marvellous costumes to boot. There was musicianship and showman/womanship in abundance, it was a great night. Click on an image in the gallery of Rich's photos and scroll on... … Continue reading Halloween Tea Party
Through the hustle and bustle of a York party night out on Saturday into the sanctuary of St Helen's church in Stonegate, Poeticall Musicke's concert of elegant viola da gamba music took us to another time and place. Alex McCartney: theorbo and Jon Rees: viol played a beautiful set of pieces from the reign of the sun … Continue reading Poeticall Musicke
This was fabulous - #Gamelan Sekar Petak annual #York concert
Rich, Dexter and I were privileged to see Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI again last night, this time as part of the York Early Music Festival, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show. Hespèrion XXI's mesmerizing programme - Kalenda Maya, a dialogue of souls - began with the gorgeous piece, Alba, from thier 2006 … Continue reading Jordi Savall – Kalenda Maya
The three of us went to see the stunning Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard at York NCEM. I like Dexter’s post here…
On Thursday 5th June I went to see Kayhan Kahlor in a church in the centre of York; the National Centre for Early Music. Kayhan plays an Iranian instrument called the Kamancheh. It is a Persian violin or Persian spike fiddle played like a small cello. He did a duet with a man named Ali Bahrami Fard who played a bass santur, which is like the in side of a piano and you hit strings with little hammers. The duet was an hour and a half with total improvisation. I sat on the front row.
The music was unbelievable it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.
At the end he and Ali bowed and Kayhan smiled at me and they went off.
I met him after the show he came and said hi he gave me a big hug…
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