CONCERT: Ensemble Bash

Date and Time
Tue, 16th Jul, 2024 at 19:30 - 21:30

‘Transatlantic Explorers’

Steve Reich (arr Benjafield) – Typing Music
Philip Glass – Similar Motion
Nick Hayes – Shining Through
Simon Limbrick – Tunnel
Ensemble Bash – Ghanian Drumming music
Tom Johnson – Narayana’s Cows

Entertaining, informative and energetic, the legendary percussion quartet Ensemble Bash has been drawing contemporary and traditional music together in innovative
style for over 30 years.
“Classical music concerts dull? I heard a Senegalese dance and shared the life of a firefly. I whizzed through the Channel Tunnel. I went to a noisy dinner party and
toured the constellation Cygnus. This could only have been a concert by Ensemble Bash who make playing percussion the coolest, noisiest and funniest
occupation on earth.” (The Sunday Times)
Ensemble Bash writes: We’ve appeared several times at the BBC Proms, released 9 albums, and appeared on BBC Radio and TV. Composers love working with us. Ensemble Bash collaborates closely on each new piece – always with the aim of giving several performances. Future planned commissions include new works from Orphy Robinson, Renell Shaw and Tunde Jegede. Artists with a long association with us feature some of the most exciting names in contemporary music, including Stewart Copeland, Graham Fitkin, Sarah Angliss, Keith Tippett, Steve Reich, Colin Riley, Django Bates, Peter McGarr, Madeleine Mitchell, Joanna MacGregor, Nick Hayes and Howard Skempton.
Ensemble Bash’s formation was inspired by Richard Benjafield’s study in Ghana of traditional Ewe and Ashanti drumming and Dagari gyil (xylophone) music. It’s no
coincidence that this was in the very centre where Steve Reich famously studied before he wrote his seminal percussion work Drumming. Ghanaian musical language
and its performance aesthetic have always been guiding influences on Ensemble Bash’s charismatic and entertaining performance style and we’ve made several trips
to Ghana to study traditional music. We’ve performed with our Ghanaian teachers and colleagues in Ghana and in the UK, in venues from Birmingham Symphony Hall
to Torrington Arts Centre in Devon.
The quartet has made a speciality of being portable and logistically easy to tour as required. We’ve fitted a complete concert’s worth of percussion into an 8 seater
plane whilst touring the Channel Islands and also taken most of our instruments as hand luggage to Bavaria to play in a wood. Other international gigs have taken us to
Hong Kong, Australia, Italy and Ghana, and our UK tours have covered venues from concert halls, galleries, churches and schools across the country.

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