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Sam Lee’s Singing With Nightingales: LIVE

Sunday 14th April 2019 - Starts 8pm



This Spring, the Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee is bringing his much celebrated Singing With Nightingales events indoors.

This highly unique event will take place in a relaxed, low lit, setting – cleverly interweaving live broadcasting direct from the countryside with songs and stories from Sam and his guests, celebrating nature and the nightingale’s acclaim in folklore, myth and world culture.

A live feed will give audiences the opportunity to hear wild nightingales performing their magical courtship arias, witnessing a one-off collaboration between the human musicians on stage and one of Nature’s finest voices.   

Combined the elements will create a thrilling, uplifting and never-to-be-forgotten experience.The event is produced by the award-winning music promoter The Nest Collective, which has been staging Singing With Nightingales in wild woodland settings since 2015.  Previous seasons have been profiled on the BBC’s Breakfast television show, Radio 4’s Today and on Countryfile. The field concerts have also been very favourably reviewed by many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Telegraph, Times and Observer.

Singing with Nightingales LIVE is supported by Arts Council England.

RUNNING TIME: approx. 3hrs (with interval)

Supported by Alice Zawadzki and Kadialy Kouyate

Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.
Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté, and extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions.

“All propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” – The Arts Desk

She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at most of the major UK alternative and jazz venues and festivals. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the
London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots.

Kadialy Kouyate

“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice.” -Time Out London.

Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.


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