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PanAmericana: Musical Border-Crossings through the Americas

London,Barbican Centre29 Oct
There was a time when Americans, North and South, celebrated their shared history and collaborated towards common interests. In 1941, Aaron Copland travelled to Latin America on a diplomatic mission as part of the Panamericanist initiatives of Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, which aimed to cement hemispheric solidarity in the face of rising European fascism. This new zeitgeist was embraced by composers throughout the continent and helped forge a renewed sense of identity and a golden age of ‘American’ music. The…
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Pedro López & Panaretos Kyriatzidis: History of the Tango

London,St James’s Piccadilly Church8 Nov
Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du tango is essential listening for anyone interested in Latin classical, now recognised as one of the most original and iterated pieces in the Latin canon. It evokes four periods of tango’s colourful history in as many movements – from the argentine tango of the 19th-century bordello in which it was forged, to the tango of today. The work was originally conceived for two of the artform’s root instruments: flute and guitar, but the widespread popularity of…
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La Grande Chapelle: Music in the Time of El Greco

London,The Wallace Collection10 Nov
‘A transcendental Hispanic ensemble.’ Le Monde de la Musique El Greco (1541-1614) had an exact musical contemporary and equal in the Spanish composer Alonso Lobo (1555-1617). Both figures were the product of the cultural flowering of Spain’s siglo de oro, driven predominantly from the ‘Imperial City’ of Toledo where the artists worked at the turn of the 17th century, and it is likely that El Greco heard Lobo’s music at Toledo Cathedral where the composer was maestro de capilla. Parallels…
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Gipsy Kings with Chico

London,Institut français in London17 Nov
Thirty years after shaking the world with their massive hits Bamboleo, Djobi Djoba, Volare, internationally renowned musicians the Gipsy Kings and their charismatic leader Chico are back on stage for an exclusive performance including live drawing from the artists attending the South Ken Kids Festival. Prepare to be transported to the South of France with their unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles and Western pop and Latin rhythms. Part of South Ken Kids Festival
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