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GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA – TRADING ROOTS

Featuring Candomblé expert Ricardo Axé (singer/dancer/drummer), South African trumpeter Claude Deppa and Latin percussionist Carlo Fuentes – the last in a series of monthly Friday night performances with outstanding improvising musicians from around the world supported by a 5-piece Grand Union ‘house band’. This evening’s focus, and the Saturday morning workshop, is on Latin-America. Grand Union has created a ground-breaking programme of monthly Friday night performances, exchanging and combining different musical traditions, featuring internationally-celebrated artists supported by GUO core musicians. These are followed by open workshops on Saturday mornings for local musicians to meet and
work with them, exploring how their tradition can link to jazz and improvisation.

Grand Union musicians include: Louise Elliott (tenor saxophone, flute), Gerry Hunt (guitar, soprano sax, violin); Andres Lafone (bass guitar); Carlos Fuentes (drums); composer/director Tony Haynes (piano, trombone); and on this celebratory gala
occasion young musicians from Grand Union’s annual residential Summer School (July 30 th – August 2 nd ).

 

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