YARA LAPIDUS & AMIRA KHEIR

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Arts Canteen is proud to present a double bill and extracts from dual album of Indefiniment by Yara Lapidus and 'Mystic Dance' by Amira Kheir.

Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir ('The Diva of the Sudanese Desert' - BBC World News), has been trail-blazing her way through the world music and jazz scenes of London, defying categorisation. Her music draws from traditional Sudanese music, entrenched in frenzied East African polyrhythms, pentatonic scales, and ancient mystical Nubian and Niolitic melodies, while being strongly anchored in experimental jazz and neo-soul, in a vastness of electric desert blues.

As a young singer, musician and composer, Amira draws from her own multicultural background to create music that explores themes of home, belonging, love, and unity. Her music is a spiritual journey, evocative of Northern Sudan’s desert landscape and celebrative of its ancient culture, but recognising of the world’s multitude realities and rooted in a desire to bring people together. She has been nominated as one of the “10 Amazing Jazz Artists from the Middle East and North Africa” by Mideast Tunes, and selected as one of “13 African Artists that will mark the next Decade” by Rede Angola. This young artist is rapidly establishing herself as an important voice in the landscape of African and Jazz music.

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Yara Lapidus has a voice from the land of the Cedar, deep, velvety, and made of a grain as soft as an embrace.

When the great composer and producer, Gabriel Yared, composer of film scores such as 'The English Patient' met Yara in 2012, he was enthralled by her unique vocal timbre. Two years of writing, followed by recording sessions at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London lead to the album 'Indéfiniment'. There is nothing indefinite about this production, but there is the meticulous and magical precision of a craftsman of music and sound, combined with a voice, like a siren.

Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the album « Indéfiniment »was born from a passion for simple and timeless songs.

Yara Lapidus ‘ timber voice was the starting point for which Gabriel Yared composed and produced 11 songs.

From there Yara wrote the lyrics she wanted to sing in French . The English lyrics are written by Yara Lapidus and Ed Harcourt .

Doors open at 8.00pm and the event starts at 8.30pm.

Seated places are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This event is produced by Arts Canteen in association with EFG London Jazz Festival & Rich Mix London
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The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, and long acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the globe. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK's landmark music events. The festival is produced by Serious, one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music.

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