The Howard Assembly Room has announced more events on sale for Autumn/Winter 2017, representing the full spectrum of the venue’s far-ranging programme:
Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté is the daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté; bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté; and the group is led, uniquely, by the virtuoso balafon of Fode Lassana Diabaté, as heard on the classic AfroCubism album.
Following his sold out collaboration with Welsh Harpist Catrin Finch and an ecstatic reception for his sets at Light Night last year, Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita returns to the Howard Assembly Room with Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and their first album together, Transparent Water. Full of serenity and a sense of gentle elation, their exploratory music is rooted in improvisation and brings together influences from across five continents.
In a rare UK solo concert, Grammy-nominated American pianist and composer Uri Caine returns to some of the seminal readings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions. Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’, and his collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn, from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
‘Brechtian Punk Cabaret’ trio The Tiger Lillies bring the seedy sounds of bygone Soho to Leeds for a Christmas show with an edge. Their new album, Cold Night in Soho, is a series of snapshots of a vanished world of drinking dens, clip joints and the starched soldiers of the Salvation Army on a mission to save souls: a place where the gutter is never far away.
From the gutter to the stars, our first collaboration of 2018 with Leeds Lieder brings award-winning soprano Christiane Karg to the stage with a heady programme of exotic romanticism to commemorate Debussy's anniversary year, accompanied on piano by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton. The concert juxtaposes Debussy's settings of poets Verlaine (in the Ariettes oubliées) and Baudelaire (in the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire) with Wagner's towering Wesendonck Lieder, and Karg has also programmed a selection from that most elusive and exquisite of song composers, Eric Satie.
To purchase tickets, click on the links above or contact Box Office on 0844 848 2727. Look out for the full Autumn season on sale at the end of August.
The Tiger Lillies on their last visit to the Howard Assembly Room, Autumn 2015. Credit Tom Arber.