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Warwick Arts Centre preview: From the Source Music Festival

From the Source Music Festival , Warwick Arts Centre, Nov 8-10. This is a new music festival inspired by the influence of jazz on contemporary artists spanning a range of genres: from electronica to soul, hiphop to the spoken word. The festival curates a selection of artists who draw on the roots of jazz, while reinterpreting them for the postmodern age. First up on November 8, is Nitin Sawhney (above). The British Indian musician, producer and composer will perform a stripped-back set from his back catalogue. His work combines Asian and other worldwide influences with elements of jazz and electronic. Sawhney has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and Sydney Opera House. October 9 showcases jazz vocalist Judi Jackson who has made a name as a rising star in the soul and jazz world. Also appearing is grime artist and poet Debris Stevenson who has performed everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, to London’s Roundhouse.

On the same day the festival hosts the world premiere of Stubbleman. The alter-ego of musician and producer Pascal Gabriel (who has worked with Dido, Bebel Gilberto, Kylie Minogue, S’Express and Bomb The Bass), Stubbleman presents an ambient mix of found sounds, modular synthesizers, live piano, bass, and self-made automatic instruments in a cinematic soundscape inspired by an American road trip. The music is accompanied by visuals, creating a multi-sensory, multi-media story. The final day begins with Alice Zawadzki. The multi-talented vocalist and violinist draws together influences from her early exposure to New Orleans soul and gospel, a classical training, and an exploration of Mediterranean folk and improvised music.

The festival draws to a close with some big hitters in A Change Is Gonna Come: Music For Human Rights. This project explores the power of protest songs from the Civil Rights movement to present day, featuring an incredible sextet led by (pictured below) the soulful Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples, Brand New Heavies

Paul Weller); jazz pianist Nikki Yeoh (Courtney Pine, Neneh Cherry); saxophonist Camilla George (Jazz Jamaica, Venus Warriors); and rising West Midlands-based rapper Lady Sanity.

On stage together for the first time, they will perform unique interpretations of iconic Civil Rights songs alongside powerful new compositions. Andrew Fletcher, programme manager at the Arts Centre, says: “The Arts Centre has a rich history of presenting established stars and exciting young talent, from Amy Winehouse (2004) to Go Go Penguin (2016). From The Source draws on this tradition, while signalling where jazz is going next.” For tickets call 024 7652 4524 or go to:

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