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LIFEM FM #1 on Resonance FM

LIFEM FM episode #1 on Resonance FM… you can listen to today’s show here (it will be repeated on Resonance FM on Tuesday, 2am)…

LIFEM FM episode #1 playlist:
1. Värttinä: “Suruni suuri (My Great Sorrow)”
2. Värttinä: “Haltija-Suite: Kutsu (The Call)”
3. Värttinä: “Haltija-Suite: Haltijan Hallussa (Under The Elf’s Spell)”
4. Värttinä: “Lasetus”
5. Värttinä: “Lumotar / The Enchantress”
6. Värttinä: “Äijö”
7. Värttinä: “Maahinen Neito”
8. Värttinä: “Riena”

LIFEM on Folk Union

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LIFEM on Arctic Paradise

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LIFEM on Music Finland

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LIFEM 2013 Festival EP

LIFEM 2013 Festival EP

LIFEM presents a free EP featuring 8 tracks hand picked by 8 artists appearing at the 2013 LIFEM festival including an exclusive, un-issued Jimi Tenor song from his forthcoming album. The EP is FREE to download from www.LIFEM.org.uk/freedownloads

Another video of Mari Boine at LIFEM

Mari Boine live at the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM), at Kings Place (Hall One), London, 04 Nov 2011.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOIQ9dI475E[/youtube]

Mari Boine at LIFEM

Mari Boine performing “Gula Gula” at the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM), at Kings Place (Hall One), London, 04 Nov 2011.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4yG7Dx7UEk[/youtube]

LIFEM 11 preview in pictures

more LIFEM at Estonian Embassy in London

LIFEM 2010 dates and programme announced

03 – 07 November 2010


[USA/UK] [London Premiere] [75th anniversary celebration of Terry Riley]

[Belgium] [UK Premiere]

[France] [Rare UK Performance, Only UK Performance This Year]

[UK] [Only UK Performance This Year]

[Estonia/Ukraine] [UK Premiere]

[Brazil] [UK Premiere]

[Estonia] [UK Premiere] [75th anniversary celebration of Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli]


Building on last year’s inaugural festival, the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) continues its musical journey with exciting exploratory sounds from all over the world. It begins by celebrating the 75th birthday of composer Terry Riley, the father of American minimalism. Terry takes the stage with Mercury Music award-winning tabla player and multi-instrumentist Talvin Singh and progressive saxophonist George Brooks, on what is a rare visit to Europe. The festival ends with the oldest active early music group in Europe, Hortus Musicus, from Estonia. They celebrate two more 75th birthdays: those of Estonian Arvo Pärt and Georgian Giya Kancheli. In between comes the UK premiere of Flemish Belgium minimalist composer Wim Mertens, a rare UK performance by French Catalan musician Pascal Comelade, the only UK performance of UK composer Gavin Bryars, the UK premiere of Estonian power folk band Svjata Vatra and the UK premiere of Brazilian singer Fernanda Takai, best known as the vocalist of Brazilian super group Pato Fu.

Cukunft live at LIFEM, 07nov09

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32C7M3-SRuU[/youtube]

some changes in LIFEM’s music programme

Due to unforeseen circumstances Mabrouk Band (Israel), Shira U’tfila (Serbia) and Madame Mim (Brazil) will be unable to perform at London International Festival of Exploratory Music this November. However, we are delighted to announce that Les Yeux Noirs (France), Monster Ceilidh Band (UK) and Daniel Peixoto (ex-Montage, Brazil) will be their replacements, in what is a rare UK performance by the French gypsy/klezmer virtuoso ensemble, the London premiere of Newcastle’s happy energetic non-stop danceable Ceilidh band, and the European premiere of the shockingly sexy electro-punk solo project by the Brazilian MTV outrageous superstar.

Below is the full updated music programme:

Wednesday, 04 November 09

UK minimalist avant chamber pop
19:45 – 20:30 Jenni Roditi (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Andrew Poppy (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Thursday, 05 November 09

Inuk snow songs, ice folk and throat singing
19:45 – 20:30 Nive Nielsen (Greenland) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Tanya Tagaq (Canada) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Friday, 06 November 09

Old and new world music touching approaches
18:30 – 19:15 Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Ireland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Tri a Tolia (Turkey/Iraq/Belgium) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Lonely China Day (China) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Daniel Peixoto (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, 07 November 09

A night of Gypsy, Ceilidh and old Klezmer wedding music
18:30 – 19:15 Les Yeux Noirs (France) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Monster Ceilidh Band (UK) [London premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Cukunft (Poland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
Sonore presents a night of exquisite organic electronica from Japan
18:45 – 19:30 Midori Hirano (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Oorutaichi (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 DJ Scotch Egg (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Music Beyond Labels – Exploring New Music From Japan Public Talk

>Music Beyond Labels

In recent years, a growing number of Japanese musicians have appeared on the UK music scene, performing at prestigious festivals, thanks in part to the enthusiasm of certain promoters. This recent popularity has been attributed to the uniqueness and versatility of Japanese music and musicians, appealing to the desire of music fans to experience something new and original.

For this event, the Japan Foundation has invited UK-based Japanese artist, DJ Scotch Egg, who has gained a reputation for mixing music from techno-related genres, including gabber and chiptunes, to talk about his musical career and artistic philosophy. He will be accompanied by Franck Stofer, of the artist agency, Sonore. Franck has been a passionate advocate of the creativity of contemporary Japanese music, and will share his views on the state and nature of the Japanese music scene as seen by a non-native living in Japan and working as part of the Japanese music industry. The evening’s proceedings will be chaired by Alan Cummings, Freelance Writer for music magazine, The Wire.

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This event is organised in association with the London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) which is committed to exciting music from every conceivable genre and origin, while continually challenging musical boundaries. DJ Scotch Egg will be showcased as part of this year’s LIFEM lineup, together with two other Japanese musicians, Oorutaichi and Midori Hirano on 7 November at Kings Place.

As well as complementing the performances by these three Japanese artists on 7th November, this event also provides an opportunity to learn more about Japan’s exciting and innovative contemporary musical culture.

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LIFEM 09: music programme

Wednesday, 04 November 09

UK minimalist avant chamber pop
19:45 – 20:30 Jenni Roditi (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Andrew Poppy (UK) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Thursday, 05 November 09

Inuk snow songs, ice folk and throat singing
19:45 – 20:30 Nive Nielsen (Greenland) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Tanya Tagaq (Canada) Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here

Friday, 06 November 09

Old and new world music touching approaches
18:30 – 19:15 Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Ireland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Tri a Tolia (Turkey/Iraq/Belgium) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Lonely China Day (China) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
The newest exotic electro latin sounds from Brazil
18:45 – 19:30 Coletivo Rádio Cipó (Brazil) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Madame Mim (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 Da Cruz (Brazil) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, 07 November 09

A night of Yiddish, Sephardic, old Klezmer wedding music and more
18:30 – 19:15 Mabrouk Band (Israel) [European premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
19:45 – 20:30 Shira U’Tfila (Serbia) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
21:00 – 21:45 Cukunft (Poland) [UK premiere] Kings Place – Hall 1 Buy Tickets Here
Sonore night: Exquisite organic electronica from Japan
18:45 – 19:30 Midori Hirano (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
20:00 – 20:45 Oorutaichi (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
21:15 – 22:00 DJ Scotch Egg (Japan) Kings Place – Hall 2 Buy Tickets Here
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