Sounds of Sudan is an exciting, brand new collaboration between the Bristol based oud duo Nabra and one of the UK’s leading contemporary ensembles the Ligeti Quartet. They’ll be journeying through the different regions of Sudan – Khartoum, Omdurman, Darfur – weaving new arrangements inspired by the rich musical culture of the country: traditional Sufi music, popular artists such as Abdel Gadir Salim and Nour Al Jilani, the evocative rhythms and scales of the region.
The first half of this concert features guitarists Laura Snowden and Eleanor Kelly playing new work by women composers, including work by Laura Snowden and Rockey Keting Sun (new IGF commission).
The second half of the concert features Tom Kerstens’ G Plus Ensemble playing premieres of new IGF commissions: Léo Brouwer: La Sonrisa del Griot and Laura Snowden: Into the Light and work by Anna Meredith, Max Richter and Joby Talbot.
A ‘mixtape’ format intersperses movements from Christian Mason’s Tuvan Songbook with other types of ‘song’ - the translucent modernism of Ruth Crawford Seeger, the electronic and pop aesthetic of Tanya Tagaq, and Beethoven's Cavatina, the highly original 5th movement of his Op 130 quartet.