Preview: Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales @ Southbank Centre (London; Saturday 28th April 2018)  

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An opportunity to experience the history of global folklore intertwined with the soul of nature sounds. Sam Lee is one of Europe’s pioneers in this regard, confirmed by his most recent album The Fade in Time.

Lee’s ethos extends and challenges the borders of what is folklore. Including Lee’s field recordings, together with the traveller and gipsy communities, The Fade in Time blends melodies and rhythms, echoing Bollywood and Polynesia, as well as Western classical music. In collaboration with The Nest Collective, the Southbank Centre hosts a special indoor version of the celebrated outdoor venture Singing with Nightingales.

As one of the UK’s Red List species of greatest conservation concern, nightingales and their celestial voices resonate in countless literary and musical forms of inspiration. Singing with Nightingales is brought to you indoors with natural reverberations of the world’s threats so that they may softly tease you.

Sam Lee is joined by kora-virtuoso and songwriter Kadialy Kouyaté, along with Dónal Kearney – Irish singer of original collaborative projects interpreting folk-soul music and its explorations. Recordings of nightingales’ nocturnes, instrumental interpretations of multiple musical legacies and ethereal human singing – that’s an all-in.

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