A unique, intimate concert of transporting, joyous and ethereal music is about to arrive in Oxford at the North Wall Arts Centre.
Making Tracks will be staged on November 4, bringing eight young musicians from the UK and across the globe with their traditional instruments to create an evening of sublime discovery.
During a residency in the foothills of Snowdonia, the eight spent time together collaborating, exploring strategies for social and environmental engagement and working with industry experts before embarking on a UK tour.
Oxford lovers of world music have much to look forward to with an exciting and eclectic range of music – from Scottish fiddle and Armenian woodwind to Kenyan lyre and Chinese zither. It’s unlikely you will leave the concert without having heard musical sounds completely new to you!
Orkney’s Louise Bichan is one of Scotland’s finest young fiddle players. Though steeped in the fiddle traditions of Orkney, she also draws on other global genres.
Arsen Petrosyan showcases the hauntingly beautiful sound of the duduk, a traditional Armenian woodwind instrument made of Apricot wood, often considered a sonic symbol of his country.
The beautiful and intricate playing of the Indian santoor from Kaviraj Singh reveals his musical talent as well as his extensive training. Studying from the age of 6 he has developed his own style of soulful and melodious vocals to accompany one of India’s finest instruments.
An unusual combination of the Chinese guzhengwith Finnish kantele, both zither-type instruments with distinctive voices, allows Barbora Xu to revive the ancient music and poems of both lands connecting traditions old and new.
French-born vocalist Luna Silva bases her multi-cultural compositions around ukuleleand percussion. Combining contemporary and traditional music from around the world, her arrangements are European, Turkish and Kurdish inspired.
A traditional Kenyan nyatiti (an eight stringed lyre) is Rapasa Otieno’s main instrument. He is passionate about preserving local indigenous music and will have his audience’s feet tapping and the hearts singing with his heavenly melodies.
Melisa Yildrim has studied the Turkish kamancha, a four-stringed Iranian bowed string instrument, used also in Armenian, Azerbaijani, Turkish and Kurdish music. Her unusual playing techniques bring a modern twist to the ancient sound.
Inspired by musicians and stories she has discovered as well as Estonian folk music, Katariin Raska is exploring improvisation with saxophone, torupill(Estonian bagpipes) and parmupill( Estonian mouth harp) to make rousing contemporary folk.
Making Tracks is at Oxford’s North Wall on Monday November 4. 01865 319450 or visit thenorthwall.com