Every Tuesday at the beautiful Curve Garden, from June to September with 3 amazing musical acts, delicious Latto's pizza and the incredible summer atmosphere.
ALICE PHOEBE LOU
Alice Phoebe Lou’s fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.
Alice grew up on a mountainside in South Africa listening to her parent’s records and indulging her love of theatre, arts and music at a local Waldorf school; a formative time that nurtured her independence and desire to experience music of all styles. This multi-faceted creative upbringing mixed with Alice’s natural wanderlust and in 2010, 16-year-old Alice made her first journey to Europe during her summer break from school. Inspired by watching fire dancers in Paris, she began to perform likewise to get enough money to fund her travelling. That summer Alice roamed between Paris and Amsterdam; experiencing the highs and lows of street performances’ underbelly. This vagabond lifestyle was a creative inspiration and gave Alice an enduring taste for the immediacy of street crowds. After returning to South Africa to complete her studies, Alice’s path led her back to Europe and she made her way to the German capital - Berlin. The freedom of the city was intoxicating and she immersed herself in the creative world there.
Alice began busking across Berlin with just her guitar, a small amplifier on a trolley and her mesmerising voice. Her natural talent and captivating delivery started to garner a cult street following with people coming to see her busk and buy her records. The uncompromising creative community of Berlin also helped Alice grow musically and she collaborated with acoustic, jazz and electronic musicians; including multi-instrumentalist Matteo who quickly became Alice’s live performance companion. Soon Alice self-released her first body of work – the Momentum EP – her first collaborative effort recorded between Berlin and Cape Town with five different producers. Although by now interest was sparked with several major labels, Alice’s desire to maintain the creative freedom she had fostered kept her focus on growing her digital community of loyal fans and imagining ever more interesting settings for her intimate live shows
Now having spent two years playing intimate gigs across Europe and South Africa, and supporting established like-minded artists like Rodriguez, 2016 will see Alice releasing her first full length studio album. Orbit comprises nine jazz-influenced, eclectic tracks recorded between Cape Town and Berlin that encapsulate the freshness of her live style, vagabond spirit and showcase her distinctive, soprano voice. Produced by Matteo and Kyson, the album is a testament to Alice’s collaborative way of writing and features musicians from South Africa and Europe lending their musical skills and different visual artists producing art works to match each track. The result is an intricately woven pattern of soul, blues and jazz: scattered with retro, beatnik melodies; soothing vocal harmonies and sleazy brass flourishes.
Mellah is the alias of Liam Ramsden, a musician from Peckham, south London, who is making music that doesn’t sound like anything else out there right now. It’s a bit in the mould of Matt Johnson’s The The, with Liam himself singing, playing all the instruments and producing, but the music has a bit of an Americana feel, like Springsteen or Neil Young, but with a hard British (and political) twist. His inner bandleader comes out in the compelling live shows he plays with various set-ups, going from solo all the way up to a 7 piece band filled with talented local musicians that gravitate towards him and his music.
Lambrego, an Anglo-Brazilian duo formed of Fernando Machado (Guitar and Vocals) and Hannah Dunster (Flute and Vocals), is a unification of two distinctive cultures, mixing polyphonic melodies, rhythmic harmony and evocative poetry.
Their first self-titled EP ‘Lambrego’ (2007) has a lyrical approach to songwriting while their second release, ‘Cheiro de Saudade’(2014) experiments further with traditional Brazilian rhythms and lively flute melodies. Their latest EP “BLINK” (2016) and current projects involve artistically combining the Portuguese and English languages and collaborating with artists to create a live visual narrative to their storytelling soundworld.
Lambrego have performed throughout Brazil and the UK. Some of the recent highlights include: Southbank Centre, Barbican Free Stage, Tropical Pressure Festival, Brazil Week at Oxford University, Brighton Komedia, London Jamboree (UK) and Sesc São Paulo and Serralheria (Brazil). Lambrego also featured on BBC Radio, World on 3 as part of BBC Introducing.
In order to expand their music spectrum, the duo regularly collaborate with guest musicians and artists pushing their sound to diverse new levels and creating unique performances. Collaborators include UK based musicians such as percussionists Alba Cabral, Aluá Nascimento and Adriano Adewale, Iyatra Quartet and Quest Ensemble, visual artists Somang Lee and Akhila Krishnan and Brazil based singer Beatriz Tomaz, percussionist Leo Cunha and bassist Igor Pimenta.
“Rich tapestry of perfect song-writing” Resonance FM
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