SOAS Radio and St Mary’s Music Hall have teamed up to bring you a night of beautiful music from around the world, featuring SOAS University of London students and alumni. The concert will feature ‘in conversation with’ interviews with the artists between sets and will be broadcast on SOAS radio.
– Yangqin player Reylon Yount
– Oxford MAQAM (classical and folkloric Arabic songs)
– Upcoming singer of Indian raga music, Budhaditya Bhattacharyya
– Stornelli, a freshly formed duo reviving the singing tradition of Tuscany alongside Apulian music
Reylon Yount is a musician who plays the yangqin, a Chinese percussive string instrument. Trained in Chinese classical repertoire, Reylon enjoys bringing the yangqin’s iridescent sound into Western classical, folk pop, and experimental genres. He will perform an eclectic programme of yangqin pieces featuring several collaborators: Yijia Tu (voice), Sara Santi (voice), Deshawn McKinney (voice), Theodore Balkwill (cello), Audrey Wozniak (violin), Clara Yang (flute), Hugo Hadji (bass), Eli Brown (arrangement, trumpet).
Yara Salahiddeen is an ethnomusicologist and singer with a special interest in the Arab renaissance movement (1860s-1920s) and early Palestinian folk. She performs with her colleagues in the internationally renowned Oxford MAQAM – Tarik Beshir (oud & vocals), Prof Martin Stokes (qanun), Salar Asid (violin), Eric Samothrakis (djembe), Sherif Zaki (riqq), Malachy O’Neill (double bass) and Mina Salama (ney). Oxford Maqam is a pioneering ensemble whose recovery of heritage works has contributed to a broadening of understanding of Egyptian musical culture, both in terms of traditional artistry and historical timespan. Last year, their debut album, ‘The Wax Cylinder Recordings’ was described as ‘revolutionary’ by Songlines Mag. www.oxfordmaqam.com
Budhaditya Bhattacharyya is 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. He is the recipient of the first prize at the 6th All India Classical Music Competition and has performed at various places in India and London. Budhaditya recorded his first album at the age of 8 and has two group albums to his credit. On the academic front, Budhaditya is pursuing an MA in Music in Development at SOAS. His research interests lie at the crossroads of music performance, religion, diaspora and historical ethnomusicology.
“Stornelli” is a freshly formed duo with Deianira Iozzi and Henry Ashworth, reviving the singing tradition of Tuscany alongside Apulian music to create an eclectic mix of ballads and stories.
Deianira is a musician from Siena. Graduated in classical flute performance and in linguistic and cultural mediation, she has just completed an MA in ethnomusicology at SOAS. She is part of various bands including the London’s masters of pizzica “Amaraterra”. Recently she has started digging into her roots, exploring the disappearing and widely unknown tradition of the improvised songs of rural Tuscany. Henry Ashworth is a guitar, bouzouki and mandolin player from Brighton who grew up in a musical family surrounded by Irish jigs, Scottish airs, and English sea shanties. His folk guitar style fit quite naturally into the warm chordal accompaniments of the Stornelli Toscani.