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Azaadi: Freedom + Women of Inner Vision Orchestra

Sunday 4 June
Venue 1
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Powerful songs about freedom for sighted & disabled women in many languages accompanied by live music and projections.

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Special Double Bill for one night only! Women from Inner Vision Orchestra (IVO)/Samia Malik’s Azaadi:Freedom.

IVO - UK’s only blind orchestra ask “What Is Freedom?" Featuring Victoria Oruwari from Nigeria, Fereshtek Khosroujerdy from Iran, Kate Portal from UK & Uttara Joshi from India. Supported by musical director Baluji Shrivastav OBE who is also performing with -

Azaadi: Freedom, wonderfully powerful Urdu/ English songs are accompanied by ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav, ‘exceptional and versatile’ multi instrumentalist Sianed Jones and virtuoso tabla player Sukhdeep Singh. With live VJing of Samia’s visual art, translations and films by rising international moving image artist Seemab Gul, Azaadi: Freedom extraordinary compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art.

For over 25 years Samia has been exploring her own experiences as a woman from a Pakistani, Muslim background living in the UK through writing, teaching, recording and touring her unique style of bilingual songs in Urdu and English, based on the Ghazal form. Samia has toured throughout the UK and in Europe with Sianed Jones, Cris Cheek and Sukhdeep Singh and across India with celebrated dancer/activist Mallika Sarabhai.

The UK tour May-August of Azaadi: Freedom is supported by the Arts Council of England. Samia is  also delivering solo performances and songwriting sessions in women’s organisations.

What to Expect

Two live music performances celebrating the power of women.  Songs from Blind women of the Inner Vision Orchestra are followed by Samia’s work extending and subverting traditional forms to explore contemporary issues. Based on the Ghazal form of Urdu couplets set to music and accompanied by classical Indian instruments sitar, dilruba, harmonium and tabla, Azaadi: Freedom also includes songs in English, is accompanied by bass guitar, as well as being supported by live VJing of translations, films and Samia’s visual art. This makes the content accessible to all audiences.

The two events will be followed by a Q&A session.

Who's Involved

Victoria Oruwari:

Recitalist, song writer, and a professional singing teacher and choir director in London. Victoria’s broad repertoire covers early Classical, modern Musical theatre, Folk songs and Jazz & Bollywood. Victoria’s awards include The Paul Simm Opera Prize and The Newman Thomas Commonwealth Award.

Fereshteh Khosroujerdy

Born on the border of Iran and Afghanistan, Fereshteh always loved to sing, but was forbidden to do so by her family. It has only been since coming to the UK as a refugee, that she has been free to pursue her dream of being a singer. Encouraged by the Baluji Music Foundation, she is now fulfilling that dream as a key performer in the Inner Vision orchestra. Fereshteh sings in Farsi, Dari, Turkish and English.

Kate Portal

English Folk singer, story teller and teacher, currently working at Morely College. She also plays violin and concertina. She has performed all over the UK.

Uttara Joshi

Uttara has performed for events in the Royal Albert Hall, the House of Lords, the Edinburgh festival, Watermans Theatre and the Nehru Centre with accomplished musicians, including Bollywood filmmaker and music composer Vishal Bhardwaj. She specialises in songs of the golden period of Indian cinema (1950s and 60s) and can sing in English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati.

Samia Malik

For over 25 years Samia Malik has been exploring her experiences as a woman from a Pakistani, Muslim background through writing, teaching, recording and touring her unique Ghazal songs in Urdu and English. Samia’s multimedia shows now incorporate her music with translations and projections of her more recent visual art.

Baluji Shrivastav OBE

Baluji Shrivastav received his OBE this year for services to music. Firmly established in the Hindustani classical tradition, Baluji excels in sitar, surbahar, dilruba, pakhavaj and tabla. He has worked with countless world-class artists including Coldplay Massive Attack, Madness, Doves, Amorphous Androgynous and Stevie Wonder.

Sianed Jones

A fiddling, singing composer with an upbringing steeped in choral and poetic traditions of Wales, Sianed has worked with a vast array of artists including Warner Bros Theatre: Welfare State, IOU, Sadista Sisters, the RSC, Clive Bell, Eric Truffaz, Jan Bang, Arve Henrikson, Andy Sheppard and Barbara Thomson

Sukhdeep Singh

Sukhdeep Singh Dhanjal is an highly experienced Tabla Performer and Teacher and is a student of the late Ustad Gurmit Singh Virdee and Pandit Yogesh Samsi. Sukhdeep has accompanied numerous leading Indian Classical artists from India and in the UK including world famous Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh

Seemab Gul

Artist and filmmaker, Seemab's films interweave documentary, fictional, and performative elements to explore social-political stories. Her films have been screened and exhibited at a collateral event of 55th Venice Art Biennale, Oberhausen Festival, Geneva Contemporary Art Centre, Moti Roti Foundation, Foundling Museum, CBA WorldView and galleries and festivals internationally

What people are saying

'Samia Malik, (a) singer of extraordinary power and Joan Baez-like eloquence' Geeta Doctor - The Hindu

'Renditions in both English and Urdu capture in poignant writing the struggle faced by women' The Daily Jang

'Passionate and easily understood across international frontiers' The Asian Times

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'In a borough with a dynamic diverse demographic with a high percentage BAME community, Rich Mix actively seeks to promote links between recent migrants and more settled groups through art and performance and encourages a wide range of audiences to experience artworks that challenge conformity, prejudice and discrimination.'

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 10+

This event is wheelchair accessible.