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Sunday 21 May

In a nutshell

Boundary-bending instrumental world music – bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion – with an experimental twist. iyatraQuartet recently performed at WOMAD festival with their five-star debut album. Expect a vibrant and colourful journey.

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45 minutes of high quality instrumental music from the quartet described as ‘one of the most exciting new music groups around at the moment’. iyatraQuartet are multi-instrumentalists who work collaboratively to create original, boundary-bending and energetic music. The London-based quartet of violin, cello, clarinets and percussion have enjoyed recent performances at WOMAD (2016), Songlines Encounters Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and London International Arts Festival, as well as multidisciplinary projects with contemporary dance and live poetry.

iyatraQuartet recorded a debut album, ‘This World Alone’, in November 2015, recorded in the Union Chapel, London, received as a 5-star album choice by fRoots magazine and with a 4-star review in Songlines Magazine.  The inspiration for ‘This World Alone’ evolved through working and performing with musicians and artists in London’s rich cultural scene.  'iyatra' comes from the Hindi word for 'travel' and 'journey': a concept that is embraced in the music.

Alongside working towards a second album, iyatraQuartet are pioneering experimental collaborations with musicians, artists, poets, film-makers and dancers.  A recent project about the The Ladies Bridge (aka Waterloo Bridge), featured new music performed as part of Totally Thames Festival.  When not working with iyatraQuartet, Rich, George, Will and Alice can be found performing with artists including Nigel KennedySam LeeHofesh Shechter Company and Heritage Orchestra.

What to Expect

Acoustic live music – world/contemporary. Informal performance, which welcomes movement and dancing.

Who's Involved

George Sleightholme - bass clarinet 

Alice Barron - violin

Rich Phillips - cello 

Will Roberts - percussion

What people are saying

'exquisite polyphony… a journey worth joining' - Songlines Magazine

'a flavour of dizzy Balkan revelry' - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

‘A band who live by their wits and produce something different each night’ - fRoots

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'We highly value the work that Rich Mix does in promoting live music and the arts more widely in East London.'

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Things you should know

Suitable for all ages.

This event is wheelchair accessible.