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ALABASTER DEPLUME + THE RELATIVES + IYATRA QUARTET - Tuesdays at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden 13 Dalston Lane London, E8 3DF United Kingdom (map)

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Join us at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden every Tuesday through the summer, and enjoy 3 amazing live music acts, delicious wood-fired Latto's pizza, and the unique Curve Garden atmosphere.


Alabaster is a cross-disciplinary artist, bringing theatrical performance to music audiences. His tenor saxophone is influenced by Ethiopian jazz, while his humour is akin to Ivor Cutler. He’s toured internationally and engaged dozens of jazz and folk musicians, visual artists and film-makers in a series of original projects around the UK.

From Manchester, based in London, Alabaster DePlume (Gus Fairbairn), is a performer, writer and musician. Since 2011 he has produced three albums on Manchester label Debt Records, toured Europe as a solo performer, produced short films, and written/performed a play with circus-aerial in Dublin. He has also presented a series of combined-arts events celebrating his work, and the work of others.

His recordings are played on national radio, most recently described as “cheerfully uneasy” on Radio 3. He uses music and spoken word to portray sentiments, often contradictory, that together evoke a new feeling. Whether in recording, writing or performance, his work has an emphasis on inclusion, encouragement, and sincerity.

A saxophonist with an unusual tone reminiscent of Getatchew Mekurya, Alabaster collaborates with members of the folk and jazz scenes of London, Bristol and Manchester. His latest LP ‘Peach’ was produced by Paddy Steer, and accompanies short film ‘I Feel Good’ directed by Melodie Roulaud.

“Cheerfully uneasy” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3
“Quite unlike anything you’ll have heard before” – Bristol Post
“passionate, creative, unique, thought-provoking and delightful.” – Bido Lito Liverpool
“Harrowingly funny” – CityLife Manchester

“Alabaster is a rare man. Restlessly creative, collaborative and eternally grateful of his part in the game. He has written some of my favourite songs. Part performance poet, part Leonard Cohen, part jazz saxophonist and something of the Ivor Cutler – yet these comparisons mean next to nothing. He will bless a room with his unpredictable presence and all are hypnotised. Do not miss.” – Daniel Green, LAISH, Willkommen & Simple Folk Radio

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The Relatives are best-known for their incredible radio show on Resonance FM, The Relatively Good Radio Show, every musical element of which is produced live and composed by the band and their guests. In concert they take all the best songs from the show and make it into an immersive experience for the audience. Who could resist action dancing to the Action Dance Song, or fail to fall in love with If I Was a Raindrop? We can't wait!

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iyatraQuartet draw on a diverse range of musical styles, rhythms and melodies from around the world to devise and perform their own music.  With backgrounds in classical, jazz, Cuban, Brazilian and Indian music, iyatraQuartet combine Indian raga with drum and bass rhythms, plainchant with extended percussion techniques and many more influences to create a unique sound and collection of musical experiences.

As well as regular quartet performances, 
iyatraQuartet specialise in multidisciplinary projects.  Collaborative works have included 'Sea Fever' with poet Steve Willey and 'Obsession' with contemporary dancer, Kirsty Arnold.  'iyatra' comes from the Hindi word for 'travel' and 'journey': a concept we embrace in our music.

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Entry is £5 on the door

Doors from 7pm, music 8-11pm

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