Tuesday, June 6, 2017

“Confluence” Occurs on June 10 – An Event Recommendation

     Many of us have at least one story of living in an area near a renowned natural attraction or man-made “tourist trap,” but never having made the effort to witness the spectacle. People travel distances that are orders of magnitude greater, just to have the experience. No regrets; we say, “It will be there when I’m ready.” That approach doesn’t work with musical events, when we should instead say, “There is nothing worse than a missed opportunity.”

     Very few music lovers live within easy-travel distance of an annual event having the stress-lifting beauty of the summer concert by the 100-member London Contemporary Voices. This year’s date is Saturday, June 10. Each year, the event has a different focus and different guests, so waiting until next year is not wise - “There is nothing worse than a missed opportunity.”

     The venue will again be the Union Chapel in Islington. The splendor of Union Chapel is shown in the above picture and is on display in the below video. The Chapel functions as a working church, live entertainment venue and charity drop-in centre for the homeless in Islington, London, England. Tickets for Saturday's event are only £15. For ticket information, go to https://www.musicglue.com/union-chapel/events/....

     At last year’s summer concert, Amber Run joined forces with London Contemporary Voices to perform “I Found.” Witnessing that collaboration would have been worth the small charge and the effort in attending the 2016 event. Amber Run is returning in 2017. The other 2017 guests are beatboxer Reeps One (that will be interesting), acclaimed producer/composer Guy Sigsworth, and experimental singer Martin Grech (of Open Heart Zoo fame).

  Saturday 10 June 2017
  Union Chapel, Islington
  Nearest station Highbury & Islington (2 mins)
  Doors: 7.00pm (approx. finish 10.30pm)
  Seated concert (unreserved seating - arrive early for the best view)
  Tickets: CLICK HERE

     More information regarding this year’s summer concert, “Confluence:”
  London Contemporary Voices is London's leading alternative choir and has collaborated with over 100 artists including Sam Smith, Laura Mvula and Imogen Heap.
  The choir hosts its third annual summer concert at Union Chapel with special guests Reeps One, producer Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Imogen Heap) and experimental singer Martin Grech. The evening will feature unique arrangements of songs by pioneering artists, premieres of new work and rare guest appearances. The 100-piece choir will also perform a special tribute to tragic singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley to mark the 20th anniversary of his death, plus a unique choral version of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”, ahead of the hotly-anticipated re-release of OK Computer.

The effect that London Contemporary Voices have when they sing on anything is absolutely spine-tingling." (Edith Bowman, Virgin Radio UK)
  The title of this year’s concert “Confluence” is a play on the idea of two or more rivers coming together, and the coming together of people to form a throng (in this case a choir). The theme of water is also carried throughout the musical programme, most poignantly in the song “Grace” by Jeff Buckley, who tragically drowned in the Wolf River 20 years ago on 29th May 1997. Buckley is cited as a major influence on band Radiohead and by way of reference the choir will also perform a choral version of Radiohead’s song Paranoid Android; aptly timed ahead of Radiohead’s Glastonbury headline a fortnight later and the much-hyped re-release of their famous album OK Computer.
  This will be the choir’s third annual summer show at Union Chapel, where previous guest artists have included Imogen Heap, Manu Delago, Amber Run, Alex Vargas, Aquilo and Shlomo.
  London Contemporary Voices is renowned for its collaborations with pioneering artists - including 11 Grammy nominees - and is regularly seen at festivals across the UK, as well as TV and Radio. Previous collaborators include Alt-J, Laura Mvula, James Bay and Eska. The choir is in high demand after a string of successes in 2017 which include featuring on Elbow’s UK No. 1 album Little Fictions, soundtracking Burberry’s Feb 17 campaign and releasing a cover “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim, recorded with artist Hannah Grace at Metropolios Studios (as featured on the current filmic TV ad for Lloyds Bank).

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