Tue 6 Jun '17 - Concert


Spiritual sax music, Lebanese Shaabi cross-over and repetitive folk

Repetitive and electronic cross-over sounds in the Avantgardistic State.

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Battle Trance
Battle Trance is four saxophonists squeezing the most intense-sounding music they can out of their instruments. The group aims to “release something in both the listener and the performer´s hearts, using the saxophone as a vessel for the human spirit”. This isn’t a gimmicky sax player doing a funny dance, but a consciously composed ensemble. Their latest album (‘Blade of Love’) was recorded after two years of rehearsal and fine tuning in the forests of Vermont in a wooden cabin.

Raed Yassin and Paed Conca are Praed, and they explore the connections between Shaabi (Arabic pop) and other psychedelic and hypnotic musical genres. Praed plays a mixture of Shaabi, free jazz and electronic music. Praed’s musical explorations uncovered a strong cultural connection between Shaabi sounds and the Mouled music (played during religious trance ceremonies). They have incorporated the hypnotising effect of Mouled in their music.

Seamus Cater
Seamus Cater mixes research-based song writing and contemporary acoustic music to create a refined mix of English folk, jazz and avant-garde sounds. His music draws on the delivery and instrumentation of British revivalist folk music but filters this through minimal, or repetitive playing techniques.