SOAS University of London

Award-winning SOAS music ensembles to play showcase concert in London

22 May 2018

SOAS Radio and St. Mary's Music Hall have teamed up to present an exclusive showcase of beautiful music from around the world, featuring SOAS students and alumni on 1 June 2018. On the line up are four ensembles with a variety of musical traditions including Arabic Maqam, Chinese Classical and Indian Raga. The evening will also feature ‘in conversation with’ interviews between the artists.

Oxford Maqam is an internationally renowned, pioneering ensemble whose recovery of heritage works has contributed to broadening the understanding of Egyptian musical culture. The evening features ethnomusicologist and singer Yara Salahiddeen performing with her colleagues Tarik Beshir (Vocals & Oud), Prof. Martin Stokes (Qanun), Salar Asid (Violin), Eric Samothrakis (Djembe), Sherif Zaki (Riqq) and Mina Salama (Ney). They perform fresh off the release of their 2017 debut album, ‘The Wax in Cylinder Recordings’ - described as “revolutionary” by Songlines magazine.

SOAS Radio Showcase

From L - R: Reylon Yount, Yara Salahiddeen, Stornelli, and Budhaditya Bhattacharyya   

Multi-award winning musician Reylon Yount will perform an eclectic programme of Chinese yangqin pieces alongside vocalists Yijia Tu, Sara Santi and Deshawn McKinney, as well as cellist Theodore Balkwill, violinist Audrey Wozniak, flautist Clara Yang and Eli Brown on trumpet. As a biracial Chinese American, Reylon engages with his heritage through music, to challenge the assumption of China and the West being mutually exclusive.

Freshly formed band Stornelli seeks to revive the singing tradition of Tuscany alongside Apulian music to create a unique mix of ballads and stories. The folk music duo is a meeting of two traditions - comprising of Siena-born flautist, Deianira Iozzi, unearthing her Italian musical roots, and Brighton-born Henry Ashworth on the guitar, bouzouki and mandolin - whose background in Irish jigs, Scottish airs and English sea shanties fits naturally with the warm chordal accompaniments of the Stornelli Toscani.

As the recipient of the first prize at the 6th All India Classical Music Competition, and with three albums to his credit, Budhaditya Bhattacharyya stands strong as an upcoming and promising talent in the field of raga music. Initiated into music at the age of 3 by his mother, he then trained with several gurus before finally coming under the tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in Calcutta. Informing his musical performances are his research interests, which lie at the crossroads of music performance, religion, diaspora and historical ethnomusicology.  

Friday 1 June 2018, 18:30 – 22:30.
Advance tickets available here. Student tickets are discounted.