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Blaze Festival 2011

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Blaze returns in June and July 2011 with a thrilling range of events in the Barbican and across East London. Major international artists including latin americans like Bomba Estereo, Aurelio Martinez, Sounds of Pernambuco, Anibal Velasquez y los locos del swing amongst others and new works mark this third Blaze festival that takes place at the Barbican, Hackney Empire, Gillett Square, Wilton’s Music Hall and Rich Mix. 



What's on
Full Blaze season listings below:
Eta Carinae / Fim de Feira / Rivotrill + DJ Cliffy
New from Brazil: Sounds of Pernambuco
19 Jun 11 / 19:00 / XOYO
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Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams’ eagerly awaited return to the stage after a 2 year retreat from the music industry. A rare chance to see an intimate acoustic performance from the Cardinals front man.
19 - 20 Jun 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta!
Two wild nights with Ludovico Einaudi and La Notte della Taranta orchestra, and special guests Mercan Dede, Ballake Sissoko and Savina Yannatou.
25 - 26 Jun 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Shangaan Electro
with Nozinja, Tshetsha Boys, Tiyiselani & Nkata Mawewe
25 Jun 11 / 20:00 / Rich Mix
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Dennis Coffey
with Alice Russell, Mayer Hawthorne and more special guests tba
27 Jun 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Oumou Sangare + Anibal Velasquez y Los Locos del Swing
One of Africa’s finest female vocalists, Sangare returns to the Barbican with songs from her Grammy nominated album Seya.
30 Jun 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Gregg Allman + Tift Merritt
The Low Country Blues Tour
1 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Chilly Gonzales / The Hidden Cameras / Woodpigeon / Devon Sproule
Canadian Blast: A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Sound & Vision
2 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Sing The Truth
Feat. Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright
5 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
+ Charles Bradley
6 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Band of Gypsies: Taraf de Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar
Two of the major Gypsy bands join forces to create a big band
6 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Hackney Empire - Stalls Unreserved Standing
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Randy Brecker and Bill Evans - Soulbop
Featuring Medeski Martin and Wood + Terence Blanchard
7 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Re:Definition 2011
Featuring Kano, Donae’o, RoxXxan, Mike Hough and more to be announced.
7 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Hackney Empire - Stalls Unreserved Standing
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World of Brass
8 Jul 11 / 19:00 / Canada Square Park
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Madeleine Peyroux plus guest Sophie Hunger
The compelling vocalist and songwriter performs songs from her new album Standing on the Rooftop - out 6 Jun.
8 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Calle 13 + Wara + Quantic (Tru Thoughts – DJ Set)
8 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Hackney Empire - Standing and Seated
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Dance Nations Dalston
9 Jul 11 / 14:00 / Gillett Square, Dalston
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Penguin Cafe + Beth Jeans Houghton
Their sound is at once familiar and new, combining acoustic power and a beguiling, feisty charm. Their album A Matter of Life... is out now.
9 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Hackney Empire - Stalls Unreserved Standing
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Hugh Masekela: Celebrate Mama Afrika
The spirit of Africa’s best-known voice, Miriam Makeba lives on in this all-star celebration curated by another giant of South African music, legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
10 - 11 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Hackney Empire
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Esperanza Spalding
Chamber Music Society
11 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Barbican Hall
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Congotronics vs Rockers
Feat. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Konono N°1, Kasai Allstars, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matt Mehlan (from The Skeletons)
12 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Rain Dogs Revisited
Directed by David Coulter with Arthur H, The Tiger Lillies, Camille O’ Sullivan, Stef Kamil Carlens, St. Vincent, Erika Stucky
13 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Barbican Hall
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Metropole Orkest vs. Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx's uniquely skewed take on dance music and the Metropole Orkest's cutting edge approach to orchestral interpretation collide in this unique collaboration
14 - 15 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Ebo Taylor / Fool's Gold
14 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Hackney Empire - Standing and Seated
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Shoreditch Festival 2011
16 - 17 Jul 11 / 13:00 / Regents Canal
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The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band + special guests
16 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Baloji / Fatoumata Diawara
Showcasing two of Africa’s hippest musical exports
18 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Rich Mix
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A Night in Tahrir Square
Featuring El Tanbura, Azza Balba, Mustafa Said and Ramy Essam
22 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Faster Than Sound: Brainwaves
Featuring Mira Calix, Anna Meredith & Members of the Aurora Orchestra
22 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Wilton's Music Hall
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Aurelio / Danyel Waro / Carlou D
A concert of fresh and emerging global voices
23 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Irma Thomas + Soul Rebels Brass Band
The Soul Queen of New Orleans
24 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
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Alina Ibragimova/The Quay Brothers
Bach, Berio, Biber & Bartók, Béla
25 - 27 Jul 11 / 20:00 / Wilton's Music Hall
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Extraordinary Voices of the World
28 Jul 11 / 19:00 / Canada Square Park
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Bomba Estereo POSTPONED TO 29 JUL
The original show scheduled for XOYO on 21 JUN is rescheduled to 29 JUL at Village Underground
29 Jul 11 / 19:30 / Village Underground
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