A colourful programme of events are coming up this October at South Hill Park, to celebrate the power and diversity of world music and dance.
Set over two days, shows will include Africarmen on Thursday 15th October and a performance by the incredible Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers on Friday 16th October, with FREE live music taking place in the Wilde Upstairs before each show, starting at 6.30pm.
Thursday evening’s free music event will be performed by Against the Grain, a band known for writing their own music which has a mix of Flamenco, Jazz, Folk, African and Latin influences. The duo have been performing at a variety of events and festivals, including main stage gigs at Towersey Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week and Broadstairs Folk Week.
Africarmen, a sumptuous and evocative dance piece by Tavaziva Dance Company is loosely based on George Bizet opera classic, Carmen. Through a synthesis of ballet, African and contemporary dance, Bawren Tavaziva’s powerful choreography will be performed by a cast of outstanding dancers.
Friday evening’s free music event will be performed by the brilliant Julia & Matt. With their fabulous mix of music; fast, slow, jazzy and groovy, they’ll certainly get you in the mood for the main event of the evening! Julia is a regular on the live music scene and has been performing as both a solo and lead singer for over 20 years, with having recently recorded and released her debut album, ‘Life is too Short’. Matt moved to Reading from Yorkshire in the late 1990s and quickly established himself on the local music scene, recording and performing with John Forrester (formerly of Press Gang and The Colour Mary). Alongside regular performances with Mike Halliwell, Jenny Lockyer and several function bands, he has also worked as a recording engineer and record producer and recently produced Julia’s debut album.
The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers will be bringing their full concert of thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums to the WIlde Theatre. With mysterious masked choreography, inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic imagery and infectious belly laugh humour, this concert is a must for rhythm junkies of all ages.
Here’s a preview of what to expect from both shows:
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