SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

The Passion & Tranquillity of Ethiopian Amharic Song

Haymanot Tesfa

Date: 26 January 2018Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 26 January 2018Time: 9:15 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert

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The music of the Ethiopian highlands uses a unique pentatonic modal system called qenet, of which there are four main modes: tezeta, bati, ambassel, and anchihoy. Many songs take the name of their associated qenet, such as 'Tezeta', a famous song of reminiscence and nostalgia. Amharic singer and krar (a traditional Ethiopian lyre) player Haymanot Tesfa was born and raised in Ethiopia and now lives in the UK. She seeks inspiration from the secular and religious music of her Ethiopian roots, while remaining fiercely experimental. In this concert, Haymanot will be appearing as part of a trio, alongside Ian Macgowan, a vastly experienced Irish trumpeter and guitarist, and Indian-born percussionist Ansuman Biswas whose work spans many genres, from free improvisation and pop, to classical musics from around the world. Together they will be performing vibrant new renditions of iconic Ethiopian songs such as 'Tezeta' and 'Ambassel', as well as several of Haymanot's own compositions.