ABEL SELAOCOE Guest Director / Cello
RAKHI SINGH Violin
SIMMY SINGH Violin
ALI VENNART Viola
ALASTAIR MCMATH Double Bass
SIDIKI DEMBELE Ngoni / Percussion
Original music. African folk. Repertoire by Bach, Sollima, Lawes, Debussy, and Crumb.
ABOUT THE SHOW
It gives us great pleasure to welcome Abel Selaocoe as Guest Director for this project. As I'm sure you will agree after seeing the film above - if you haven’t watched it yet, you’re missing out - Abel is not just a brilliant musician, but also one of the truly great communicators through music.
There are very few musicians who can bewitch a room in the way that Abel Selaocoe can. While we were preparing for the launch of this season, we had a day of filming at a gorgeous discovered space in Hull, an old post office called Penny Red. Abel was there to perform Lamentatio by Giovanni Sollima for us, and the second he started, the room was transfixed. Adam Blyth, our filmmaker, told us that when he got home after the shoot, he made his wife watch every take of raw footage from each and every camera. When they were finished, they watched it all again.
We're also joined for this project by Abel's band, Chesaba. Abel, Sidiki, and Alastair specialise in music from the Ivory Coast - together, we create a musical melting pot, bringing together two continents with ferocious and intense musical traditions.
Above all, this show is about joy - it's a celebration of life, of diversity, and of African culture. In a rather dark season of work, Sirocco is a beacon of light.