A Day with Chucho Valdes

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During the cover shoot for our Autumn What’s On Magazine, Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes answered some of our questions…

Chucho Valdes performs three concerts at Kings Place on 20, 21 and 22 November as part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. Don’t miss this very rare chance to hear one of the seminal figures in latin jazz, up close and personal.

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Panufnik 100: A Family Celebration

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Panufnik 100: A Family Celebration
30 November

Forged in the fires of the two World Wars, Sir Andrzej Panufnik's compositional output is inextricably linked with the major social and political events of the 20th century. Born in Warsaw at the onset of the First World War, he lived through the German occupation of the city in the Second World War and participated in musical resistance activities with the composer Lutosławski. Over the course of the conflict, Panufnik lost many of his closest relatives and saw his compositions consumed by the fires of the Warsaw Uprising. Initially feted by the socialist government, he was unwilling to compose the suitably 'patriotic' music demanded of him by the regime and was forced to make a dramatic escape to Britain in 1954.

This Centenary Celebration will present chamber works spanning his life - from his piano trio (1934), reconstructed after the war, to his three string quartets (written between 1976 and 1990) to be performed by the Brodsky Quartet, ‘Artists in Residence’ at Kings Place. The programmes will include complementary pieces by his daughter Roxanna including the London Premiere of a new quartet especially written for the Brodsky Quartet. The Celebration will culminate with a 1930s Warsaw Cabaret evening, led by Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood.

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Jeffrey Siegel: Keyboard Conversations

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Internationally acclaimed American pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Kings Place for the Fifth Anniversary Season of his popular Keyboard Conversations programmes.

His brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format combines captivating remarks with world-class performances, and concludes with a fast-paced Q & A.

These programmes enrich the listening experience for the seasoned music lover, while the aspiring music lover discovers delightful, instant access to masterpieces of the piano repertoire.

We caught up with him to find out more…

5 October 2014 - Gershwin & Friends
1 February 2015 - Russian Rapture: Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov
31 May 2015 - Franz Schubert in the Age of the Sound Bite

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Holly Williams: The Highway

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Holly Williams
23 June

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams, the granddaughter/daughter of Hank Williams, Sr. & Hank Williams, Jr. respectfully, comes to Kings Place later this month to showcase her new album The Highway.

'Sure to go down as one of the year's best country albums'
People Magazine

We caught up with her over the phone to discuss life, touring and songwriting…

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Dvorak Explored - Curated by Daniel Tong

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Dvorak Explored
27 - 29 November

Antonin Dvorak was one of the most natural melodists in musical history and almost every note of his music is imbued with the characteristic folk song and dance rhythms of his native country.

For this mini-festival, curator Daniel Tong has assembled a thrilling line-up of musicians to present lesser-known Dvorak masterpieces alongside old favourites.

We chatted to Dan backstage of Hall One about his plans…

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RE:naissance - Curated by Matthew Sharp

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RE:naissance
1-3 May

Cellist, baritone and actor Matthew Sharp brings a host of theatric-musical events to his RE:naissance week… Shakespeare-and Marlowe-inspired pieces, a family concert, a ravishing recital with percussion and the Sacconi Quartet, and the London premiere of Errollyn Wallen's Cello Concerto.

We caught up with Matthew and Errollyn in Hall One for a chat and bit of music…

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Outlandish Nights

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Outlandish Nights
27 - 29 March

A mini-series co-curated by acclaimed songwriters Alasdair Roberts and Emily Portman, reflecting the darker and more leftfield elements in contemporary folk music. They are noted for their eloquent and literary take on song-writing, inspired by tradition – forging new and exploratory paths into rich new musical territories.

Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts and Debs Newbold told us about the upcoming feast of wordsmiths and wild and weird worlds…

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Anthony Strong Band: AIR Sessions

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Voices: Julia Biel + Anthony Strong Band
Thursday 13 March 2014

Hailed as ‘England’s new jazz superstar’, singer-pianist Anthony Strong comes to Kings Place in March as part of jazz week ‘AIR Sessions’, curated by Air Artist Agency. The line-up also features Julia Biel, Magnus Öström, Troyka, Marius Neset, Michael Wollny, Daniel Herskedal, and Tamar Halperin. He’ll be playing tracks from his debut album ‘Stepping Out’.

'A major talent hotly tipped to take his place in the retro-contemporary jazz pantheon alongside Jamie Cullum and Michael Bublé' (Metro)

Anthony Strong came in to Kings Place to talk playing live, recording albums and performing in the West End. He also plays Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed live in Hall One. Lucky us…

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Mechanical Air: A Hyper~Graphic Score

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Mechanical Air: A Hyper~Graphic Score
Sunday 16 February 2014

Knowing our lives have been consumed by mechanical air - an automated sound track, the white noise of technology - performance artist Michael Mayhew and avant-garde experimental flautist Gavin Osborn go in search for a sense of awe: air conditioning, escalators, computer fans, cars, jets ripping blue skies with trails of white.

Collaborators Michael Mayhew and Gavin Osborn told us about the project…

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