29 October – 07 November 2011
@ KINGS PLACE, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG:
@ LOST THEATRE, 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2JU:
@ RICH MIX, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA:
@ CAFE OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL:
@ ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, Pancras Road, London NW1 1UL:
plus a few more to be announced
(all subject to confirmation/contract)
Exploring is Exciting! Welcome to the world of LIFEM, London International Festival of Exploratory Music. LIFEM as in Life and Music.
In a world that seems to spin increasingly fast, where shrinking borders are leading to the mass homogenisation of culture instead of enriching it, LIFEM continues to push back boundaries, challenging audiences with bold musical initiatives and a rejection of expectations, all the time enchanting and invigorating its audiences.
In 2011, LIFEM presents the powerful new voice of fado, Claudia Aurora (Portugal); the great female interpreter of traditional Vietnamese song, Huong Thanh (Vietnam); the haunting voice of the Sámi people, Mari Boine (Norway); the cultural ambassadors of Poland, Warsaw Village Band (Poland); contemporary Tibetan mountain songs, with Soname Yangchen (Tibet); an explosive mingling of Romanian ethos and nowadays music (blues, jazz, avant-garde…), with Maria Raducanu (Romania); the oldest active early music group in Europe, Hortus Musicus (Estonia); Aline Frazão, one of the most interesting artists of Angola’s new generation of musicians; the Mozambican nu-soul diva, Maiuko; the fusion and experimentation within the traditional music of Portuguese group Mu; the extremely exotic fusion of Buryat-Mongolian shaman traditions of Namgar (Siberia); Chinese traditional/folk music with the Silk and Bamboo Ensemble (China); a myriad of unique international residencies, experimental music collaborations, powerful improvisations and, of course, avant-garde explorations, with Joe McPhee & Decoy (Steve Noble, Alex Hawkins, John Edwards)(USA/UK); a portrait of Estonian Music Now, the official launch of the CD “Estonian Music Now 2011 – Exploratory Music From Estonia”, distributed with The Wire November issue (out in mid October) with live music by Taavi Kerikmäe/Mart Soo, Taavvo Remmel, and Free Tallinn Trio (Estonia); Akira Sakata/Chris Corsano/Darin Gray (Japan/USA); Eugene Chadbourne (USA); Baby Dee (USA); plus lots more to be announced…
Join us and we will show you a whole new world, forever transcending invisible musical boundaries…
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We would like to thank our supporters and partners for making this amazing festival happen. We are very grateful to have such prestigious partners on board, helping us celebrating the excellence and diversity of international artists performing at the festival.
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London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) is run on a non-profit basis by Red Orange Arts Agency (a not-for-profit UK registered company limited by guarantee). All of the money raised to support the Festival ensures that it continues to develop and honour its core values and principles, and serve its attendees to the highest possible standards. If you want to sponsor, support, make a donation, or a grant, towards the development of LIFEM or establish any other kind of partnership with the festival, send us an email and we will respond promptly.