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Platforma Festival Live Music Night
November 1, 2013 @ 7:30 pm£7
Live Music Night – Martin Harris Centre, Cosmo Rodewald Hall
1 November, 7.30pm
part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees
A stunning end to Platforma events at the Martin Harris Centre with the brilliant Crossings Band from the North East of England, the new and thrilling Manchester International Roots Orchestra and, topping the bill, Katy Carr and the Aviators performing music from Katy’s sensational new album, Paszport.
A limited number of free tickets are also available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Katy Carr and The Aviators
Katy Carr is a singer, musician, songwriter and aviator. She has released four albums – with the most recent Paszport, sung in both Polish and English. A multi instrumentalist Katy variously plays a vintage electric Wurlitzer piano, ukulele and banjolele which feature on her recordings with her group, Katy Carr and the Aviators. Carr’s dulcet and often haunting vocals have been heard everywhere from the Royal Opera House to Womad and Glastonbury Festival. The inspiration for the songs on Paszport derive from stories gathered from Kazimierz Piechowski about his time in the Armia Krajowa, Polish Home Army and the Polish partisans between 1942 -1945 as well as elements connected with the Polish resistance movement in World War II German-occupied Poland, the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 and the committal of World War II crimes in Poland by both German and Soviet zones of occupation. Katy does extensive outreach work with Polish communities in the UK and around the world and has an ongoing interest in the experiences of Polish exiles who came to the UK.
Based in the North East, Crossings Band is drawn from members of the Crossings project open music session and choir and is led by Fred Phethean. Band members bring their own unique music to the band, arrange songs created in Crossings open sessions and work together to create dynamic new musical compositions and fusions. The Crossings project creates a welcoming space where asylum seekers and refugees come together with local and international musicians, to collaborate on the development and performance of their music.
Manchester International Roots Orchestra
The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director.