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Oscar D’Leon & his full Venezuelan big band – Roundhouse, 3rd November

26 Jun

Oscar D’Leon

+ his full Venezuelan big band


Plus DJs:

Javier La Rosa (Cuba)

Johnny G (Colombia)

Jose Luis (Venezuela)

Lubi (Gallo del Norte)

Dr Jim (Londres del Norte)

Rich (Londres del Sur)

“A hero of the Latin diaspora” Evening Standard ****

Saturday 3 November 8.30pm until 1am


Chalk Farm Road



Tickets: £25 in advance – 0844 482 8008 / roundhouse.org.uk

Also Ticketmaster, Ticketweb & SEE Tickets

The return of Oscar D’Leon ,“El Sonero Mayor”, to London promises to be the stand-out Salsa event of the autumn. Oscar brings his full Venezuelan band and is supported by a galactic line-up of salsa DJs for a special night on the Roundhouse’s huge dancefloor.

Oscar D’Leon is an enduring giant of Salsa and a legendary live on-stage party-starter. In his previous visit to the Roundhouse 4 years ago he roared through a two and a half hour set that encompassed much of his incomparable back catalogue – amassed throughout the years he worked with/fronted previous bands such as “La Dimensión Latina”, “La Salsa Mayor” and “La Crítica”; as well as from his own stellar solo career – and, if that weren’t enough, his epic live show encompasses Colombian cumbia and sundry Latin classics ensuring that his appeal is truly pan-Caribbean (“… a hero of the Latin diaspora… Evening Standard ****).

Accordingly, Oscar is also known as the ‛Sonero del Mundo’, and the most Cuban of all non-Cuban singers, while his readily acknowledged influences include Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Orquesta Aragón, Benny Moré, Willie Colón and, especially, Celia Cruz.

He was born Oscar Emilio León Somoza. He grew up in the Caracas neighbourhood of Etamin where he began to show an interest in percussion instruments and singing at social activities as a young child. His capacity to improvise, the texture of his voice and his intense love for the music, make Oscar D’Leon a born ‘sonero’ in the best Latin tradition.

Alongside the influences of the great masters of Cuban music added inspiration flowed from the New York sound of the 60′s, notably Eddie Palmieri and the Fania generation. Besides being a great sonero, Oscar D’Leon is an extraordinary showman, an entertainer who takes charge of the stage and who moves with the ease of a professional dancer.

Oscar D’Leon has recorded more than 50 albums, gained many gold discs, and received numerous award and honours. In November 2007 his album “Fuzionando”, on which he collaborated with young Reggaeton stars such as Tego Calderón; and “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa) Gilberto Santa Rosa, won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical album. Oscar has toured over 100 countries on all continents and performed before sold-out audiences in the most famous venues in the world, including New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

for all media enquires please contact gerry lyseight: 020 7095 8146 / gerry@glpr.co.uk / http://www.gerrylyseight.co.uk

O2 London Mela. Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, W3. Sunday 19th August 2012

21 Jun

O2 London Mela

Event: O2 London Mela
Date: Sunday 19th August 2012
Times: 1pm – 9pm
Venue: Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, W3
Nearest tube: Acton Town
Further information: http://www.londonmela.org
Free Entry

The 02 London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor Asian festival is again set to transform Gunnersbury Park, on Sunday 19 August, with nine zones of urban, classical and experimental music, DJs, dance, visual arts, children’s activities and food.

Free and family-friendly, the 02 London Mela is produced by Ealing Council and supported by the Mayor of London and London Borough of Hounslow, with BBC Asian Network collaborating with the organisers to programme the main stage. The festival features some of the best homegrown and international artists, offering something for all generations of every community to enjoy.

This year the O2 London Mela celebrates its 10th birthday and the Olympics coming to London. To mark these special occasions we’re celebrating in spectacular style presenting two large-scale new commissions; The Mela Carnival, featuring hundreds of community participants, jaw dropping floats and live music which will precede an evening classical concert with fireworks. The concert will feature one of the world’s greatest orchestras, The Philharmonia in ground breaking collaboration with Jaz Dhami and Bhaven Centre Indian classical musicians.

This year we are also proud to be hosting the Mayor of London’s Eid celebrations. The Embracing Eid Stage will feature a range of talented Islamic artists and performers.

The one-day event will feature nine ‘zones’ with The Main Stage, BBC Asian Network Mix Tent curated by BBC Radio 1’s Nihal (with music from BBC Asian Network DJs), BBC Introducing curated by DJ Bobby Friction, Community & Kids Zone, Outdoor Arts and ‘In Conversation With’ tent, as well as food markets and a huge funfair.

Main Stage announcements:

Jaz Dhami: After the huge success of his debut album, Jaz Dhami hits the main stage with tracks from his second “as yet untitled” album. Producers featuring on the album include Honey Singh, Zeus, Aman Hayer, Tru-Skool, Eren E & Tigerstyle.Jaz will also be collaborating with the Philharmonia Orchestra at this year’s London Mela in what promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

DJ Sanj feat Jay Status – currently riding high in the Official Asian Download Chart, Music Producer DJ Sanj presents his protégé Jay Status. The duo will be performing hits from their forthcoming album “Bad Boyz”, including this year’s smash hits Katal Kare & Chugliyan.

Angrez Ali – the voice behind Tharti Hilde, Phattey Chak, renowned live performer Angrez Ali promises to rock the crowd with his recent massive dancefloor hits ‘Nachdi De’ & “Ajja Ajja”

The Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing the London premiere of “Indra”, composed by distinguished onetime local resident Gustav Holst, as well as collaborating with The Bollywoood Brass Band, Jaz Dhami and Indian classical musicians from the Bhavan Centre performing two movements from Ravi Shankar’s “Symphony”.

Conductor David Murphy says, “I am looking forward enormously to taking part in the London Mela’s 10th anniversary celebrations with the Philharmonia Orchestra and am really excited to be giving the London Premiere of Gustav Holst’s Indra in this context, alongside the fantastic new Symphony by Ravi Shankar plus some musical surprises!”

The Embracing Eid Stage celebrates the music of Islamic artists with U-Cef, Poetic Pilgrimage, Celt Islam, Shafeek Ibrahim, Cheb Nacim, Abdullah Chhadeh and is headlined by Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan.

The Mela Carnival – featuring London Mela commissions The Guruda, and In the Doldrums – plus motorised Elephant and Turtle floats, hundreds of community participants as well as live music from the Dhol Academy and the Bollywood Brass Band. The Mela Carnival will also feature contributions from the embassy of Nepal.
The London Mela Carnival is produced by long-term collaborators, Emergency Exit Arts, the established London-based outdoor arts and carnival specialists.

Red Poppy, aka Beijing Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion Ensemble are being flown in specially for the period of the Olympic games. Red Poppy’s unique artistic style combines traditional and contemporary musical influences, maximising the drama and colour of Chinese and western drumming to create an audio-visual extravaganza that shakes the stage and the senses.

Outdoor Arts
will feature the watery genius of Avanti Display’s Spurting Man

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

‘I’m delighted to once again be supporting the London Mela, a wonderful celebration of Asian culture in all its rich diversity. It promises to be even better this year and with the Embracing Eid stage will attract a wider audience. With the eyes of the world on the capital for the 2012 Games, this colourful family event will be a sparkling addition to the unprecedented series of free events taking place across the capital throughout the summer.’

ENDS >>>>>>

Editor Notes:

O2 London Mela is a not-for-profit event produced by Remarkable Productions on behalf of the London Borough of Ealing and the London Borough of Hounslow.

The O2 London Mela is produced in partnership with BBC Asian Network, BBC London and BBC Introducing, with programming by Nutkhut and supported by the Embassy of Nepal.

The Mela Carnival and the concert by The Philharmonia Orchestra are supported by Arts Council England.

This year’s Official Charity Partners are: Oxfam and British Heart Foundation.

The event is sponsored by O2 and Khukuri.

The event’s media partner is BBC Asian Network and Eastern Eye newspaper.

Regular updates will be posted online at http://www.londonmela.org please check the website for details.

The London Mela is produced by Remarkable Productions who produce extraordinary arts events and festivals http://www.remarkableproductions.org

For additional information please contact:

Gerry Lyseight PR: gerry@glpr.co.uk or call 0044 (0)20 7095 8146 / 07798 533 866

Or Jane Packham, Marketing Manager jane@remarkableproductions.org or call 07763 83 84 67

Jane Birkin sings Serge Gainsbourg – Sunday 7 October – Cadogan Hall

18 Jun

Jane Birkin
sings Serge Gainsbourg
via Japan

Sunday 7 October 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
020 7730 4500
Tickets: £18, £25, £30, £40
Tickets also available from Ticketmaster, SEE and Ticketweb

Jane Birkin makes a rare London appearance singing the songs of her late partner Serge Gainsbourg. Jane was Serge’s muse and this special concert is a reinterpretation of his repertoire performed by Jane with a group of very special musicians, with whom she first performed in Japan soon after the earthquake.


“Why do another tour, another concert?

Well, when it was going to be conventional, I too wondered why I was singing Serge again, even if it was celebrating the 20 years after Serge’s death, even if it was a very personal 40 years since “Melody Nelson” but what did I have to offer … I’d done it all before, Serge in pop, arabesque, classic quator, 14 musicians, 6 musicians, a harp, a squeeze box, violins … this year others have started. Their “Serge” was a new point of view, their interpretations… so I started contemplating, putting it all off …

Then there was the Japanese disaster … of unbelievable horror, earthquake, tsunami, and then the ghastly news of the nuclear horror, the like of which we had never witnessed … the images …the gigantic waves pounding down, the cars trying to escape, the people running, the dignified faces of poor parents looking for their children, the numbers of dead and missing mounting, the terrifying views, over and over, the great wave, the fuming nuclear centres … what to do ? I have known these people for forty years… “go there” I thought… tell them that back home folk are thinking of them, but get there, “and do what ?” what can I do ?….the only thing I can do… a concert …

So this is the immediate result of that concert, Sachiko had fixed up the best Japanese group of musicians in four days! “I’m coming to Tokyo” we were Friday, by Monday I was there…When Gluzman asked if I wanted to do the concerts for Serge in America … I said “yes, BUT with these Japanese musicians.
I had found my reason …

Here we come… Serge Gainsbourg and Jane via Japan”

For more info: gerry lyseight – 020 7095 8146 / gerry@glpr.co.uk / http://www.gerrylyseight.co.uk

Promoted by Como No

Krystle Warren and The Faculty live shows – London 22/5 and Brighton 24/5. Krystle also touring with Rufus Wainwright

16 May

Krystle Warren
& The Faculty

New album
Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace

Out Now

Krystle Warren is a true original… Her assurance is as remarkable as her range… The Guardian ****

The astonishing Ms Warren advances on the impressive gameplan of acclaimed predecessor Circles with a self-produced lovefest that was recorded in 13 days. It brims with soulful riches and consummate musicality while the songs are sensuous platforms for her honeyed contralto, jazzy elegance and effortless flair. Mirror ****

For her latest album, American ingenue Krystle Warren assembled a team of 28 musicians in a Brooklyn studio and laid down new songs live. Aptly, the twelve that made it onto Love Songs capture her crooning effortlessly over timeless jazz, folk and blues layered with horns, strings, piano and choirs. Smouldering stuff. Diva Magazine

…singer-songwriter Krystle Warren remains a cult concern. A gorgeous new album, Love Songs, should help her cause … Evening Standard

“… An utterly indispensable modern classic.” Morning Star

Krystle Warren – a Missouri native who has spent time performing on the streets of Paris and New York – made a name for herself with her 2009 debut, Circles. She draws obvious comparisons to Tracy Chapman, but perhaps it’s only due to the depth of her alto vocal range. Despite comparisons to Chapman and Nina Simone, Warren is a decidedly different brand of singer-songwriter, managing to hit multiple styles, often within a single song, so that each carries with it a new and refreshing sense of promise and surprise. musicOMH

Just having a voice isn’t enough – you have to have a reason to sing, something that tells your audience “this is what I was made for”… With this collection, Krystle Warren has got there. music-news.co.uk ****


Tuesday 22nd May
Camden Lock,
London NW1 8AF
+ support from Dead Flamingoes (Kami Thompson + James Walbourne)
£15 from http://www.wegottickets.co.uk / http://www.ticketweb.co.uk / http://www.seetickets.com
Doors 7pm
Brighton Festival
Thursday 24th May
All Saints’ Church,
The Drive,
£12.50 from http://www.brightonfestival.org (Sold Out)
Doors 8pm
Krystle will be touring the world in 2012 with Rufus Wainwright as guitarist/backing vocalist and support act.

In February Krystle completed the Floating Palaces tour alongside KT Tunstall, Robyn Hitchcock, Martin & Eliza Carthy and Howe Gelb (and Led Zep’s John Paul Jones below).

Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace’ is the next episode in the musical life of the remarkable Krystle Warren following the much admired ‘Circles’ release: “… Warren’s talents are extraordinary. She has an octave-hopping voice that glides between languid and urgent, and music that hovers between funk, folk and jazz, between Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone ….. she’s the real deal.” The Observer

“… Warren’s thrilling debut album fully lives up to expectations….It’s all uncontrived and near faultless, really.” Uncut

“There’s something alluringly familiar about Krystle Warren. She instantly sounds classic … we are certainly in the presence of a mighty talent.” BBC Online

“Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” is the fruit of an exhilarating 13 day recording session in Brooklyn during which 25* tunes were laid down, live (the way her heroes and sheroes did it) by a total of 28 musicians including Krystle’s regular crew, The Faculty, alongside choirs, horn and string sections. Krystle wrote the songs, fired up the players and produced the whole jambalaya. She integrates ragtime and waltz time; evokes Dusty and Krystle-ises William Blake; rubs up against Broadway musical stylings as well as leaving lots of space for songs featuring only her glorious voice alongside acoustic guitar. In a perfect world “Love Songs…” would have come to you on double vinyl with a gatefold sleeve big enough for you to lose yourself in.

The journey from Krystle’s parlour to your table has been an eventful and exciting one. She set up her own record label as well as sharing stages around the world with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Joan As Police Woman, Nick Cave and Kylie.

Krystle is addicted to life on the musical high wire; always landing on the balls of her feet perfectly poised for the next adventure. On “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace” the overwhelming sound is one of Krystle collecting the baton from her musical forebears – but it’s mostly about the weightless, giddy, moreishness of new love brought to you by the mind, body and soul of a huge and mature talent.
Two degrees in bebop, a PhD in swing.
She’s a master of rhythm, she’s a rock ‘n’ roll Queen.

Love Songs: A Time To Keep EP – Parlour Door Music. Out Now
* Part two: “Love Songs: A Time To Refrain From Embracing” will be along in good time.

For more info please contact gerry lyseight: 020 7095 8146 / gerry@glpr.co.uk / http://www.gerrylyseight.co.uk