Doors open: 7pm
Performance: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Weaving together an uplifting and joyous fusion of Egyptian, Nubian and British musical traditions, KaddalMerrill is the collaboration of classically trained Egyptian flautist Fayrouz Kaddal and innovative British folk fiddler Daniel Merrill. The jubilant percussion of traditional Middle Eastern drums provides intricate and heady beats through which the flute and violin dive, dance and spin.
Is it folk? Is it world music? Both and neither. Both sun soaked and rain drenched, this music speaks of a couple probing their imaginings of place, culture and identity.
Daniel Merrill is best known for his work with the lusciously bearded free folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra. For the last six years he has been travelling to Egypt to make music in Cairo and Alexandria, becoming fascinated with the music of Nubia. Fayrouz Kaddal has performed and recorded with likes of AfriCairo and High Dam Band, exploring the African aspects of Egypt's heritage. Additionally she is researching the effect of displacement on the music of the Nubian people. Together they create highly original, intimate and tuneful music featuring polyrhythmic drum grooves and intricate melodies inspired by Nubian, Oriental and British traditions.
For these dates they are joined by Egyptian master percussionists including Ayman Mabrouk (who has appeared with the likes of Fathy Salama and Gilberto Gil). The KaddalMerrill debut album Rain Over Nubia will be released on Antigen Records to coincide with the tour which features masterful performances from musicians from Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea.
The Rain Over Nubia tour is generously supported by Arts Council England.
Admission: £8 (£6 concession)
All are welcome.