Shirley Smart (cello) and Maurizio Minardi (accordion) present a highly original evening of diverse music, incorporating repertoire from North Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, jazz, tango and more, all re-imagined through jazz-inspired, lively improvisation, as well as their original material.
Shirley is fast becoming known as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists. Originally trained in classical cello under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of world music from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, as well as being highly involved with the jazz and improvised music scene. She has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, including Antonio Forcione, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Julian Ferraretto, Kosmos Ensemble, Robert Mitchell and Alice Zawadski, as well as leading her own projects.
“ A Must-see performer” – Vortex Jazz Club
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Maurizio Minardi has recorded 9 albums and performed with a number of artists including Carmen Souza, Antonio Forcione, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Georgia Mancio.
"...a beautiful album, weaving together jazz, folk and minimalist Classical music - the evocative melodies conjure up lasting images of comedy and pathos." (London Jazz)
The venue is a hidden gem in one of London's most central riverside 'villages', Rotherhithe. In a sumptuous sofa-filled cinema housed in a beautiful, historical and much-loved building, the place inspires both musicians and audience members alike and makes for some memorable music-filled nights.
Sands Films is 2 minutes from Rotherhithe Station, teas and coffee are served and included in the price of your ticket. The Mayflower Pub is just a few metres away.
This concert is part of a programme put together by Tuned In London.
Tickets are £14: CLICK HERE