Music from all four corners of the globe performed by Grand Union Orchestra
In October 2011, Grand Union and its Youth Orchestra helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic Battle of Cable Street with one of the most memorable and moving performances Wilton’s has ever seen. This show presents a different side of the legacy of Cable Street - a celebration of the music brought to the East End by generations of migrants.
Chinese and Bengali folk melodies, Jewish and Gypsy music, Portuguese and Turkish songs, African drumming and Caribbean rhythms – and an irreverent taste of Music Hall! – are all part of the mix, spiced with stunning jazz improvisation and unexpected twists and turns of harmony that give a new expression to East London today.
Musicians include Indian violin virtuoso Jyotsna Srikanth and tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan, the Gypsy accordion of Ionel Mandache, internationally renowned jazz soloists Louise Elliott (tenor saxophone, flute) and Shanti Paul Jayasinha (trumpet), multi-instrumentalist Gerry Hunt and the Latin-American rhythm section of Andres Lafone (bass guitar) and Cristiano Castellitto (drums) in a programme specially created for Wilton’s by Grand Union’s composer/director Tony Haynes (piano, trombone).
The Grand Union Orchestra, well known for its touring shows and large-scale projects at the Hackney Empire, brings together musicians from all major musical cultures worldwide. This is a rare opportunity to catch some of them in a more intimate setting – don’t miss it!
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