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Atlantic Waves 2006

02 - 30 November 2006

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Date: 24 August 2006

Atlantic Waves 2006 brings to a triumphant close the UK celebrations of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s 50th anniversary. A rather special programme, even for London, it is packed with the innovative international collaborations that have come to make this exploratory music festival so successful. Highlights this year are the contrasting genres of African and Experimental. There are plenty of world and UK premieres and brilliant partnerships with other UK promoters: Como No!, Serious, London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3, Heatwave 2006, KCPA and [no.signal].

As ever, Atlantic Waves encourages diversity and excellence. It presents a breathtaking variety of music, ranging from world throat singing to human beatboxing, fado to experimental, contemporary classical to pure improvisation. Apart from the large Portuguese contingent, the festival features artists from the UK, Germany, Denmark, Canada, USA, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Madagascar, Tuva, South Korea, Japan and Australia. With an extraordinary mix of new music on offer between 2nd and 30th November, Atlantic Waves 2006 brings an unmissable line-up of artists and genres.

The festival takes place in London's most prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre, Barbican, Union Chapel, The Spitz and St Giles Cripplegate.

The programme for 2006 includes:

  • Fado, with the striking looks, compelling stage charisma and stunning voice of Mariza, with special guests Carlos do Carmo, Jaques Morelenbaum and Tito Paris;

  • New Fado meets Contemporary Classical with Madredeus reworking elements of Fado and Portuguese Folk to create a Gothic soundworld ‘somewhere between dream and reality’;

  • Contemporary Classical astonishing virtuosity by Arditti Quartet and Pedro Carneiro;

  • East meets West Free Jazz and Improvisation with Kang Tae Hwan, Miyeon and Park Je Chun meeting Carlos Bica;

  • Globetrotting Contemporary Jazz and Improvisation with Maria João, Mário Laginha, Ned Rothenberg, Kang Tae Hwan, Carlos Zíngaro and Carlos Santos;

  • Two joyous African nights with Sara Tavares, Tcheka and Modeste

  • Three cutting-edge experimental mind-blowing spectacular nights with Arnold Dreyblatt, David Maranha, Margarida Garcia, Mark Sanders, Hannah Marshall, Jacob Kirkegaard, Philip Jeck, Thomas Köner, Asmus Tietchens, Max Eastley, Victor Gama, Z’EV, Robert Rutman, Oren Ambarchi, Akira Rabelais, Paulo Raposo, John Duncan and Alfredo Costa Monteiro;

  • And, last but not least, closing the festival, a double bill vocal extravaganza, with a multi-culturalthroat-singing clash featuring the number one talents of Tuvan Khöömei, Canadian Inuit and Portuguese Cante, in the names of Sainkho Namtchylak, Tanya Tagaq and Janita Salomé; preceded by the no less original encounter of two human beatboxers from different schools – Japanese multi-instrument sound replica master Dokaka and Britain’s finest Shlomo – with mesmerizing Portuguese jazz singer Maria João and her compatriot sound poet Américo Rodrigues.

‘Every year about this time, two parallel sets of invaders sweep through London, one coordinated by Serious under the banner of the London Jazz Festival, the other by the Gulbenkian Foundation under the name Atlantic Waves.’ Charlie Gillett, BBC London.

‘One of the capital’s most adventurous music strands.’ Time Out

‘Atlantic Waves festival has been steadily growing since it began in 2001. This Portuguese music bash is admittedly tricky to pin down, awash as it is with surprising styles and international players, but it’s earned its reputation for high-quality entertainment.’ Metro

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