19th of November 2011, 7.30 - 9.45pm
fundraiser EAST AFRICA and SMLLCA
Acoustic MUSIC: ACOUSTIC & ART
by/ MC / ROGER PHILLIPS
accompanied by abstract art exhibition: “Capturing Threads of Light” by
courtesy of Nicole Bartos,
image archive by clicking this link.
ranging from soothing Celtic harp sound, experimental and improvised
music, baritone and soprano voices, Celtic folk and “flamenco
tinged finger picking guitar”, Eastern folk flavoured modern
rhythms, flowing and peaceful sounds to “bashing bristling blues
and folk riffs together with raw”, “gentle but powerful
voices from singer songwriters”.
Join us for an evening of great live music and art, and an opportunity to raise
money to support local communities like SMLLCA and save lives in East Africa
by providing water, food and sanitation facilities.
musicians, singers and artists:
Tayo Aluko (baritone), Stan
Ambrose (celtic harp), Bisakha Sarker (Indian
storytelling/choreography), Jo Bywater (guitar,
voice), Paul McDowell (guitar, voice,
mandolin), Oritsema Ejuoneatse (soprano), Graculus (Phil
Hargreaves (flute, soprano sax), Richard
Harding (guitar)), Ade Jackson (guitar,
Robinson (piano/ keyboard), Skirmish (harmonica,
guitar) & Nicole Bartos (art).
Lark Lane Community Association)
• Art viewing from 6.30-7.30pm/ Silent bidding Auction.
• Raffle tickets available at the door from 7pm
• Acoustic programme PART 1 starts 7.30pm.
• Break Interval 8.45-9.05pm. Bar open. Music mini stall open.
• Art Auction with silent bidding 8.45pm-9.05pm (during Break interval)
• Acoustic programme PART 2 starts 9.05pm.
• Raffle prize winners to be announced at 9.50-10.00pm. (Wonderful prizes
to look out for.)
• Last chance for art auction bidding and exhibition viewing 10pm
• Evening closes with thanks, supporters list, etc. 10pm
Main Hall, The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane,
Liverpool, L17 8UU
! Entrance through Sefton Grove (last entry at the rear)
Please note updates: ! Doors open at 6.30pm. Acoustic
Music Event starting at 7.30pm. Ends at: 10pm
Tickets: £7.00 (concessions £3.00)
Tickets sold via:
SMLLCA, at The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane,
L17 8UU (www.larklane.com/smllca);
tel. 0151 728 7884; Monday-Friday 11am-6pm &
News from Nowhere Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, L1 4HY;
Or, tickets sold at the door before performance.
Number of seats limited, therefore please, book in advance or, 'first come, first
thanks to all contributors: musicians, SMLLCA, Roger Phillips & BBC
Merseyside, News from Nowhere Bookshop
funds from this concert and 50% from all art sales go to charity.
you for your support and understanding.
here to view and download a PRESS RELEASE
here to download PDFs: leaflet
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RELEASE Word document
- musicians, singers and artists
was born in Nigeria, and now lives in Liverpool. He worked until
2009 as an architect and property developer, with a special but as
yet frustrated interest in eco-friendly construction. As a baritone,
he has sung as soloist in British concert halls accompanied by orchestra,
and has also sung in Germany, Ireland and Nigeria. He has performed
lead roles in such operas and musicals as Nabucco, Kiss Me Kate and
Anything Goes. CALL MR ROBESON won the Argus Angel Award for Artistic
Excellence and Best Male Performer Award at the 2008 Brighton Festival
Fringe, and two Merit Awards for Excellence in London in 2010, and
as recently as January 2011 was chosen by Michael Billington, Theatre
Reviewer for The Guardian as his top Critics Pick. Tayo has tours
the play around the UK, the United States of America, Canada and
Nigeria, and on his 50th birthday (12 February 2012) he will be performing
it at New York’s Carnegie Hall! His other piece titled FROM
BLACK AFRICA TO THE WHITE HOUSE: a talk about Black Political Resistance,
illustrated with Spirituals has also been performed on three continents.
He researched, wrote and narrated to camera a piece on West African
History before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which forms part of
the permanent exhibit at Liverpool’s International Slavery
musician and spoken-word artist Ade Jackson tells noir-ish stories
against a backdrop of Celtic folk and flamenco-tinged finger-picking
Ade is also resident musician at the Bluecoat’s monthly Poetry Café.
The first of a trio of EPs, Songs from the Burning Hotel is released this autumn.
His poetry collection, latenight sistersongs, is available from Headland Publications.
“ One of the great Liverpool voices… an unrelenting beat aesthetic
and an ever weather eye from the back streets… a bit of Cave, a bit of
Cash, a soupcon of Cohen, and a whole lot of Catherine Street…” Jonathan
Raisin, Lost Voices
Independent songwriter/artist charged with passion, creativity and integrity.
Acoustic, alternative, dynamic and blues-based. Lyrical poetry and direct honesty.
Vocally raw, gentle and powerful. Debut album CYCLE GRACE PULSE BREAK released
'Honest, gritty, tell-it-all sound that evokes the spirit of any number of
blues guitarists such as Kelly Joe Phelps or P.J. Harvey's now occasional musical
roar and singer songwriters such as the innovative touches reminiscent of early
Ani DiFranco..' - Nerve
'Lyrical witticism and emotional range of voice, combined with some slick strum ‘n’ bass
guitar bashing – bristling blues and folk riffs that suddenly withdraw,
weaving raw honesty with a flirtatious, dark twang' - Seven Streets
Ambrose shares presentation of BBC Radio Merseyside's weekly folk
programme, Folkscene (Tuesday and Thursday 2100).
Stan was born in Barking, Essex in 1930 and attended the same primary school
as singer-songwriter Billy Bragg:
" Growing up, we moved to different places in search of jobs; the east side
of London to the west side. I didn't have a solid education in that sense. Eventually
we moved to Cambridge to escape the bombing during the war."
Stan's career took some interesting turns during the early part of his life:
" I worked in a finance department for the National Health Service, filling
out forms. I didn't like it so I got into politics and became a local councillor
while in my 20s. The older people didn't like me being there, they saw me as
Nevertheless, Stan decided that he needed a better education:
" No-one in my family or extended family had gone to University at that
time. I had never thought of myself as a University student, so I went and got
a certificate in Social Studies in Southampton. Then I went to Liverpool to study
psychology and psychiatry. This was around 1961/1962."
In Liverpool, Stan began to indulge his passion for folk music:
" I had been part of a skiffle group growing up and used to knock out tunes
on the piano. I had a collection of records and used to make programmes of music
from them. We started a club in Southport called The Bothy. We ended up with
a club full of people. It was an amazing time."
Stan's involvement with the folk circuit allowed him to meet Geoff Speed:
" I met Geoff Speed in the 1960s when he ran a folk club in Widnes. He had
Paul Simon at his club. Geoff has a piece of paper with what everybody was paid.
Paul Simon was paid £15 and we were paid £17!"
Stan, who has sung and played the whistle in a local band for many years, also
plays the Celtic harp. He has performed with music collective 'Super Numeri'
and has appeared at London's Jazz Café and at a Belgian pop festival.
" I thought I might have problems filling the show for a month" he
says, "but here I am over 40 years on." He and Geoff take turns to
present the show and hardly ever tread on each other's toes:
" We don't tell each other what we're doing and somehow it just works. We
each have our own style of programme."
Story from BBC NEWS:
2009/09/11 10:21:15 GMT © BBC 2011
began taking singing lessons at age 12 after hearing the Phantom
of the Opera for the first time. She has sung as a soloist in choral
productions such as Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai and Orff's Carmina
Burana with the Liverpool Blue Coat School. Whilst studying at Oxford
she was a choral scholar at Brasenose College, where she performed
for Her Majesty the Queen and also toured Italy, where she sang in
most of Rome's major basilicas. Oritsema is also a member of the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, where she has worked with conductors
such as James MacMillan and Vasiliy Petrenko, and she also sings
as a principle with local operatic society Una Voce. Oritsema's next
appearance will be at the George Harrison memorial concert in St
George's Hall on 29th November.
duet of 2 lovely local musicians playing their harmonica and acoustic
guitar compositions which are inspired with flavours/ elements from
Eastern folk thesaurus such Turkey.
Sarker is a leading practitioner of Indian creative dance. She has worked
as a performer, choreographer, researcher, educationalist, critic, writer
and video maker.
Bisakha was born in India. She received her masters degree in Statistics from
the University of Calcutta. After coming to the UK she adopted Liverpool as her
She works all over the country in a wide range of situations. Her innovative
work, much of it with disabled people, has challenged traditional cultural boundaries.
Her rich spiritual creativity inspires others to translate their experiences
and emotions into the shapes and rhythms of dance.
Bisakha hands over the ownership of the dance to all those with whom she works,
empowering them in a unique way. Both her performance and participatory work
is informed by eastern spirituality.
Bisakha Sarker is currently the director of Chaturangan, an agency based in Liverpool
working to raise the profile of South Asian dance, culture and spirituality both
locally and nationally.
Phil Hargreaves / Graculus
tenor sax/soprano sax/flute
Hargreaves is a Liverpool-based instrumentalist and composer working
in the field of improvised and experimental music.
began playing as a guitarist in a punk band in the West Midlands,
where i grew up, before moving to Liverpool at the age of twenty
and buying a tenor sax, both decisions that would radically shape
the rest of my life. Initially i was involved in Liverpool's pop
scene, recording John Peel sessions with Personal Column, but eventually
i moved via streetband work into the jazz field.
After stints playing fusion and dinner jazz, i finally found the area where
i could fully combine my talents, interests and influences, in improvised music,
an area first stimulated by work with Peshkar theatre, and my subsequent study
of Indian music with Aziz Zeria in Manchester.
I played with guitarist Phil Morton in the duo Bonehouse, and also helped establish
the Frakture club in Liverpool, a club space for improvised and experimental
music. Highlights of bonehouse's playing career included playing w/Derek Bailey
and Lol Coxhill. Arising out of the Frakture work, the Frakture Big Band was
a loose grouping of improvising musicians based in and around Liverpool, mostly
playing phil hargreaves compositions - their collaboration with Simon H Fell
was one of the highlights of the 1999 Frakture Festival.
In 2001 i premiered the Dislocation Sermons, a major work in collaboration
with poet Dinesh Allirajah, and performed by an augmented version of the Frakture
Big Band. That year also saw the release of trees, a first CD release from
amere3, a trio of phil, simon fell on bass and rob dainton on drums.
2002 saw the premier of the chaos concerto, for large improvising group and
creative soloist, featuring Evan Parker and the Frakture Big Band, and also
the release of a double CD of 'postal duets' with North Carolina guitarist
In 2003, due to mental health problems I stopped playing saxophone, but eventually
finished two ongoing projects, duets albums with Caroline Kraabel and Lee Noyes.
Since then i have finished a further postal duet with Glenn Weyant, playing
cello and singing.
In the summer of 2007 I took up the saxophone again, and recorded 'musick for
two machines' with Barry Chabala.
2009 saw the release of 'Imperfect Silence', a compilation CD of contributions
to the 'cadavre esquis' website that i curate; 2010 will see the release of
'Human', with Maggie Nicols, 'Graculus', a duo CD with guitarist Richard Harding,
and a second amere3 CD.”
Harding / Graculus
Harding, musical director and composer for the Liverpool and Guitar
society. Plays in a duet with Phil Hargreaves, as Graculus.
Saxophone/ piano/ flute player
Plays sax with the local Mammadou Super Libidor Band, specialising in African
music. Has a background in Jazz music. (“Hailing from Senegal in West
Africa, via Liverpool, Mamadou leads his band through an uplifting, danceable
mix of Senegalese Mbalax traditional music and jazz, Soukous (African rumba),
rock and Afro-beat,” infusing warmth and gently coruscating rhythms).
For this evening Martin will accompany on keyboard Tayo Aluko and Oritsema
out of cotton wool clouds, Paul McDowell makes music for the minorities,
the outsiders, the outcasts and the losers, the dreamers. Sounding
like a glistening horizon of sunrise morning butterflies flowing
in a meadow of endless possibilities through space and non-time,
artist and Curator/ Gallery4allarts/ www.gallery4allarts.com
Through art, Nicole is fascinated by the metaphysical and spiritual philosophy
and by discovering the extra-sensorial world; feeling the invisible; painting
the feeling; meditating while painting and painting while meditating a circle
of energies. She loves prayer of the heart and aims to link art to this side,
of immaterial things, hoping to achieve a valuable, beneficial and healing
universal pulse/vibration through art; a progression of steps on the spiritual
Threads of Light”, has become a new experience in the way of
working and welcoming the ‘light’, through art to soul,
inspiring many abstract painting exhibitions and audiences. The exhibitions
of this cycle are accompanied by abstract piano compositions.
Since an early age, Nicole Bartos has experienced art in many different forms
with great dedication and a thirst for discovery and experiment. Her best artistic
achievements are in the field of mixed media and experimental art (“Structures
and Geometries” - experimental research), site specific installation,
abstract painting, experimental drawing, photography and ceramics sculpture.
Graduated and post-graduated from the “I. A.”Academy of Visual
Arts, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Was awarded a National Graduates’ Award for
Ceramics, by the Romanian National Fine Artists’ Union, to which she
was accepted as a member immediately after her degree in ceramics and glass,
Nicole has established and runs Gallery4allarts, which apart its online presence
was also settled in The Old Police Station for 3 years. She has curated numerous
exhibitions and art projects to date collaborating with many prestigious local
and international artists, from a wide range of artistic backgrounds such as,
Peter Frúcht, Marina Moreno, Terry Sullivan, Derek Culley, Michael Meldru,
Lei Liang, Nagachoo, Fanchon Fröhlich and many others.
She also writes poetry and occasionally, critical reviews on visual arts and
theatre, teaches experimental and abstract painting techniques for relaxation
and therapy, practices Qi Gong/ Thai Qi and since 2007 occasionally fundraises
for charitable causes.
Read more on: http://www.gallery4allarts.com/artist