Greater Than The Sum genre-defying live music and media

new music that cuts across boundaries and defies categories, created from collaborations between six incredible artists – who become Greater Than The Sum of their parts
with support from the InterplayNow Collective

Weds 9th Oct 2019 at Theatre Deli, Sheffield
Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start

Tickets £10 / £8 / pay-what-you-can
or go to
Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QZ

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Six artists commissioned to create new music in three pairs crossing over their very different genres and cultural backgrounds in unusual ways. To oppose fear, segregation and conflict through collaboration, sharing, improvisation. Exploring timely notions of what it means to move between cultures. Being rooted, to be from somewhere; to be complex and represent more than one identity. To be both accepted and an outsider, British and other. This is a musical premiere like no other, combining sound worlds in wholly new ways. Lyrical, accessible and beautiful, greater than the sum of its parts.

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Greater Than The Sum crossover musician pairs:

Mina Salama and Kate Griffin
Two musicians grounded in their traditions, Arabic, UK folk and Bluegrass, playing instruments derived from some of the oldest in the world. With Oud, Nay and Kawala flutes, Qanoon and Armenian Duduk, Guitar, Banjo and voice as their palette

Shu Jiang and Dirty Freud
A Shanghai trained musicologist and expert player of Chinese zithers meets a British DJ and electro-dub producer of Caribbean heritage. Possibly the most radical combination of the evening combining delicacy and drive, grace and guts.

LNA and Avital Raz
A Scandinavian in Yorkshire making melancholic electronic sounds meets experimental folk music from a Sheffield based singer via Varanasi and Jerusalem . Two voices and an array of instruments including guitar, tanpura, and keyboards.

The InterplayNow Collective
Music inspired by refugee members’ roots and journeys from Sudan, Syria, DRCongo, and the UK. Expect uplifting narratives, sung in a variety of languages, and media journalism creating a vivid cultural context through video projections.
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Interplay Now is an amazing project run by Virtual Migrants in collaboration with Sheffield Refugee Council. We are also generously supported by SADACCA Studios who provide a fantastic space for us to work in. Other partners include Theatre Deli (Sheffield) and Koni Music, we are also grateful for financial support from Awards For All and the Arts Council England.

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