When: 1st July 2013, 9pm – 11pm
Where: School of Music: Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds
What is it?
The International Medieval Congress (IMC) attracts more than 1,800 medievalists from around the world to the University of Leeds. This summer it will be opening its doors to the public for the first time. There will be a range of events from hands-on workshops, fairs displaying books and crafts, to concerts featuring medieval songs, poetry recitals and dancing.
Joglaresa will bring anarchy and sensuality back into medieval music with their new programme Songes of Sinne and Subversioun at the IMC. This programme grapples with such enduring topics as illicit love, dishonest bankers, clerical abuses, and chaos in the Middle East.
Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based British/Israeli/Irish/Arabic ensemble has been playing since 1992. Drawing on traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan, and Middle Eastern sound and culture, they are celebrated for the way they often transcend the limits of what is often thought of as early music. Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional music but, rather than create a ‘fusion’ or surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences to create a homogeneous sound.
Their performances have included the Aldeburgh Festival, York Early Music Festival, London’s Lufthansa Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), St David’s Hall (Cardiff), London’s Barbican Centre, Sana’a & Aden (Yemen), Brezice Early Music Festival (Slovenia), Istanbul, Amsterdam International Festival of Jewish Music, Chinchilla Early Music Festival, and tours in Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Holland.
More info: www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/publicevents