Sunday 24 July 2022, 8pm

Balladeste + Dina Amro Bint Mbareh

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A collaboration between Preetha Narayanan (Violin) and Tara Franks (cello), string duo, Balladeste, explore the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments.  With traces of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical and folk, the duo co-creates all original compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist.

Balladeste released their much anticipated sophomore album in 2021. A reflective collection of new compositions taking inspiration from a set of Indian devotional songs from the Sathya Sai lineage.

Beyond Breath captures a stillness and contemplative quality, never undermining the attention to detail and intricacy of the instrumental songwriting. Part song, part narrative, part modal imagery, the devotional melodies weave their way through the album, fragmented, played in their entirety, re-invented and interspersed with original reflective responses.

Bint Mbareh

Bint Mbareh is curious about communal sounds and sovereignty over the sonic space as a communal resource. Her most recent research was an exploration of how rain-summoning song and ritual in Palestine acted and may continue to act as a ritual of time-bending. This research was adapted into an installation at Sakiya for Art, Science, Agriculture and Darat al-Funun in Amman. The performed iteration of this research took on call and response formats, with intentional silences and improvised vocalisation to challenge the drive to archive unwieldy data-sets (eg. old women telling stories and singing rain songs and interrupting themselves when they want to). Instead Bint Mbareh opted to become like the data-set, improvised and unarchivable. She performed her rain ritual at Savvy Contemporary in Berlin, Exist Festival at Khalil Sakakini Centre in Ramallah, Maastricht's InBetween Festival, and London's EFG Jazz Festival.

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