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World Music Extravaganza

01 September 2008

This season sees a feast of world music at the NCEM with artists from Africa, Slovenia, Italy, India, Japan and Russia.

All world music concerts are on the special more4less offer, allowing NCEM audiences to choose four concerts for the price of just three! To take advantage of this offer, all four concerts must be booked at the same time and bookings can be made on-line, by phone or in person.

The world music season opens with Salerosa (19 Sept) with their Cuban Fusion Project, an explosive evening of sizzling salsa grooves, Afro-Cuban beats and Latino tunes. Kasaï Masaï (4 Oct) bring the traditional sound of the nomadic tribes of the Congolese rainforest to England; winners of the 2003 BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, Terrafolk (9 Oct) direct from Slovenia will entertaining audiences with a blend folk, classical, rock, pop, opera and metal; Shichiseikai (14 Oct) bring sacred music from Japan featuring six Buddhist monks; Tango Siempre is joined by Italian born bandoneonist Paolo Russo (22 Oct) for an evening of tango music; the Kala Chethena Kathakali Theatre Company (14 Nov), one of the world's foremost Indian dance companies, celebrates its 21st anniversary with stunning classical dance-drama from South India; music from the colourful deserts of Western Rajasthan will be represented by the Rajasthani Folk Music & Dance Ensemble (24 Nov) and finally Koshka (19 Dec) bring vibrant Gypsy music from Russia.

The jazz concert series has extended this season. The November Jazz Weekend (21 - 23 November) features Empirical (21 Nov) voted Jazz Ensemble of the Year at the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and described by Courtney Pine as the most exciting jazz band to come out of the UK; Alan Barnes' Liquorice-Stick All Sorts (22 Nov) who celebrates the excitement and inventiveness of Benny Goodman and award-winning vocalist, songwriter and pianist Ian Shaw (23 Nov) who takes the Sunday afternoon slot with music from his new CD Lifejacket'. The weekend also features the University of York's Jazz Band (23 Nov) playing the music of Wayne Shorter and foyer music from University musicians. There are two jazz workshops - the regular Late Learners' Jazz Workshop (9am - 12 noon, 23 Nov) aimed at players that have taken up or returned to music later in life and a Saxophone Masterclass with Alan Barnes (10am - 1pm, 22 Nov).

Extra jazz concerts this season include: double bass player Alec Dankworth (1 Oct) featuring music from his new Spanish Accents CD released this year and Abram Wilson & The Delta Blues Trio (6 Dec) with music from his new CD Ride! which tells the story of a young man's journey from his hometown in the Delta to the thrills of the big city.

The folk line-up promoted in association with The Black Swan Folk Club will feature: Jo Freya's Lal Waterson Project (2 Dec) with a celebration of the songs of Lal Waterson on the 10th anniversary of her death; a collaborative double bill with Kerr Fagan Harbron and Methera (3 Oct) - two adventurous English folk groups; return visits from Rachel Unthank and The Winterset (20 Oct) with music from their latest CD 'The Bairns', award winning Emily Smith (25 Nov) with music from her CD 'Too Long Away' and Tim O'Brien (15 Nov) one of America's foremost roots musicians and singers.

Early music lovers should look out for the ever-popular annual York Early Music Christmas Festival (11 -14 Dec), highlights include Liber unUsualis (11 Dec); I Fagiolini (12 Dec) with Death, Dance and Salad: Music of the Spanish Renaissance courts to die, dance and eat to; Yorkshire Bach Choir and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (13 Dec) and Bell'Arte Salzburg (14 Dec) featuring sopranos Emma Kirkby and Susanne Rydén and directed by Annegret Siedel in a glorious celebration of the 17th-century Austrian/Bohemian world of nativity. Full details about this Festival will be available in September.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said: "This is a fantastic season with such a variety of music on offer. We hope our audiences will enjoy the eclectic mix and book to see a variety of concerts, particularly taking advantage of our more4less offer on the world music concerts.

"Remember to check out our website at to listen to soundbites of the artists this season and also to book on-line to save time."

This season has been funded by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire with support from the City of York Council. To book tickets, either contact the Box Office on 01904 658338 or visit and use the secure on-line booking system.

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