Innovative early music ensemble Joglaresa head to Steyning

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Steyning Music Society welcomes to the town one of the UK’s most original early-music ensembles, Joglaresa, on Saturday, July 2.

Society spokesman Gary Prior said: “Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992.

“Now well-established, they are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music.

“Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional musics but, rather than create a fusion or a surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences (upbringings drenched in traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan and Middle Eastern music) to create a homogenous sound, Joglaresa members spent years in North Africa and the Middle East absorbing the best traditional tunes, learning the local languages (Arabic and Hebrew).

“Their performances include: the Aldeburgh Festival, York Early Music Festival, London’s Lufthansa Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), St David’s Hall (Cardiff), London’s Barbican Centre, Sana’a & Aden (Yemen), Brezice Early Music Festival (Slovenia), Istanbul, Amsterdam International Festival of Jewish Music, Chinchilla Early Music Festival; tours in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Holland and numerous radio broadcasts the world over.

“For Steyning, Joglaresa will be presenting Breaking Borders, Building Bridges.

“One hundred years ago in May 1916 a secret agreement by the British and French outlined how the Middle East was to be carved up... and led to a century of conflict.

“Whatever you may think of the consequences of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, this Joglaresa concert programme celebrates 1,000 years of Arabic, Jewish and Turkish music – before these artificial borders were created.”

The concert is at the Steyning Centre and begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets for non-members cost £15. Members pay £10 and students are £2, available in advance from the Steyning Bookshop or on 01903 812662.

More information can be found at www.steyningmusicsociety.org.

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