Shubbak Festival - Amir ElSaffar Ensemble: Luminiscencia

6 Jul 2019

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Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


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Patrons' priority booking opens: Monday 11 February
Rehearsal Members’ priority booking opens: Monday 18 February
Members’ priority booking opens: Friday 22 February
General public on sale date: Monday 25 February

General public on sale date: Monday 25 February London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, Shubbak returns to Sadler’s Wells with Amir ElSaffar.

The acclaimed Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar is known for effortlessly fusing the mysticism of the Iraqi maqam tradition with flamenco and jazz. In Luminiscencia, ElSaffar brings together an ensemble of great exponents of the new vanguard of Flamenco; including vocalist Gema Caballero, a rising star and one of the most distinct voices on the scene, Vanesa Aibar, a Flamenco dancer going beyond the conventions of the form and Flamenco percussionist Pablo Martin Jones, a regular collaborator to Flamenco artists. The ensemble also includes mastermind electronics musician Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch, as well as ElSaffar’s sister, Dena ElSaffar, who plays violin and traditional Iraqi fiddle. Using elegant, melodic arabesques to connect traditions, this special line up merges passions for classical forms into a unique evening of soulful dance and music.

"Amir ElSaffar is uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm"

Part of Flamenco Festival London

A Fondation Royaumont production, supported by Abu Dhabi Festival and presented in partnership with Shubbak Festival, Flamenco Festival and Sadler’s Wells.

Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R