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The London Klezmer Quartet are back for the fourth year running, playing the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe.
The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The group plays traditional and new material guaranteed to move audiences from dancing to tears and back again in moments.
The all-female band was formed in 2009, and was swiftly picked up by some of the UK’s foremost folk & world music promoters – Songlines Magazine, Continental Drifts, and The Magpie’s Nest offered stages for the band’s unique combination of artistry and exuberance. They supported the Amsterdam Klezmer Band in late 2011, and in early 2012 completed a three-week tour in Australia, where they played to packed houses and headlined at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.
Notable performance venues in 2011 included Kings Place, the Green Note, a ‘late’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cecil Sharp House, and the Vortex. Rural touring schemes have also taken the LKQ on board: they have featured on programmes in Dorset (Artsreach) and Hampshire (Hog the Limelight). The band is also proud to be part of the Music in Hospitals roster of artists.
Band members are also in demand on other world music stages, recording & touring with The Indigo Girls (US), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), She’Koyokh (UK), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq).
Nigel Hey’s sixth book, Wonderment: A Love Affair with Adventure, Writing, Travel, Philosophy, and Family Life, is more than an autobiography about an English-American science writer – it is a trip around the world and around the mind.The heart of this fast-paced story lies in its varied, thoughtful, and sometimes hilarious collection of memoirs about writing, printing, publishing, media, Native Americans, the American mountain states, world travel, and amateur theatre. These are linked with the author’s philosophical thoughts and observations on the trials and triumphs of a family life shared between London and New Mexico.
Hey considers that his life has been both enriched and at times endangered by an apparently insatiable curiosity that has filled his world with adventures of mind and body. In his boyhood his parents take him to a new home, touching off a semi-nomadic five years that eventually take him to the American West, torn between a love of his native Lancashire and the unknowns of future life. Small-town realities in an all-Mormon community teach him the lessons of being an outsider and awake a spirit of independent thought and action. With his university years complete, he heads for his first full time job, in Bermuda, then a second in England. These mark the start of an exhilarating roller-coaster life in which he achieves professional success while fulfilling the responsibilities of parenthood and enduring the heartaches of two failed marriages.
Throughout, he lives the life of a genuinely curious man, exploring the vestiges of colonial Spain that survive in the mountains of the American Southwest, driving a tunnel in the remote mountains of Greece, dancing with native Americans, uncovering the history of high-tech Soviet weapon science, exploring his Yorkshire and Lancashire roots, traveling the world.
The story is laced with scores of real-life anecdotes as Nigel Hey explores his personal philosophy and tackles the biggest question of all – where does he really belong?
The past decade saw the rise of the British National Party, the country’s most successful ever far-right political movement, and the emergence of the anti-Islamic English Defense League. Taking aim at asylum seekers, Muslims, ‘enforced multiculturalism’ and benefit ‘scroungers’, these groups have been working overtime to shift the blame for the nation’s ills onto the shoulders of the vulnerable. What does this extremist resurgence say about the state of modern Britain? Daniel will be in conversation with Owen Jones whose book, ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’ was the no.1 politics book of the year.
Daniel Trilling is the assistant editor of the New Statesman whose journalism can be found here.
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Please note that this event is organised by Pages of Hackney and will be held at Sutton House.
In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello track the concealed routes along which flows the lifeblood of our economy. The stupendous resource of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of the capital city, Baku, in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control the region’s oil reserves – and hence people and events – has shattered environments and shaped societies.
In The Oil Road, the human scale of village life in the Caucasus Mountains and the plains of Anatolia is suddenly, and sometimes fatally, confronted by the almost ungraspable scale of the oil corporation BP. Pipelines and tanker routes tie the fraying social democracies of Italy, Austria and Germany to the repressive regimes of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. A web of financial and political institutions in London stitches together the lives of metropolis and village.
Building on a decade of study with Platform, Marriott and Minio-Paluello guide us through a previously obscured landscape of energy production and consumption, resistance and profit that has marked Europe for over a century. They blend the empathy of committed travel writing with the precision of investigative journalism in a timely book of compelling urgency.
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20th September 2012 Neil Fraser on Over the Border: The Other East End
19th July 2012 The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State
4th July 2012 A People’s History of London
12 June 2012 The Bookshop Band performed downstairs in the 2nd hand book basement
22nd May 2012 The Gentle Author and guests from Spitalifields Life
16th May 2012 Hackney Society launch for Hackney: An Uncommon History in Five Parts
3rd May 2012 We launched the Hackney Anthology
8th March 2012 Margaret Willes on The Making of the English Gardner
25th January 2012 John Marriott on Beyond the Tower: A History of East London
26 July 2011 Iain Sinclair read from Ghost Milk
20 July 2011 Owen Jones discussed Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
12 July 2011 China Mieville talked about Embassytown
1 June 2011 Ross Perlin came and talked about Intern Nation
12 May 2011 Cinnamon Press with Jeremy Worman and Sue Vickerman
20 April 2011 Michael Foley talked about The Age of Absurdity
5 April 2011 Estate talk
10 March 2011 Simon Garfield came to discuss Just My Type
9 February 2011 Jenny Lord came to show us how to knit ipod socks
20th January 2011 Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings with Iain Sinclair & Ken Worpole
16th December 2010 Winter Warmer: Our annual Klezmer music, mulled wine and mince pies
16th November 2010 Francis Spufford reading from Red Plenty
12th November 2010 Jonathan Kemp reading from London Triptych.
3rd November 2010 The Meaning of David Cameron? Richard Seymour.
21st October 2010 Lived in London. Blue Plaques.
13th October 2010 Ned Beauman read from Boxer, Beetle
12th October 2010 Anonymous writing collective Wu Ming came and talked about Manituana
7th October 2010 Rebecca Hunt read from her debut novel Mr Chartwell
29th September 2010 Rob Penn came to talk All About the Bike.
23rd September 2010 New Feminism and Reclaiming the F-Word with Kat Banyard and Catherine Redfern.
8th September 2010 Dan Cruickshank talked about The Secret History of Georgian London.
20th July 2010 Mark Hannam and Jo Wolff spoke about Southern Africa: Past and Future
14th July 2010 Nicholas Jubber talked about his book, Poets, Polymaths and Pleasure-Daughters: Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard
8th July 2010 Private View for Luisa Alpalhao’s exhibition, 30 Days of Storytelling
6th July 2010 I R Charles read from her brilliant local book Under a Hackney Sky
30th June 2010 Mike Gerber spoke about Jazz Jews
27 June 2010 Cinnamon Press hosted their 2nd runaway success at Pages with a poetry afternoon including readings from local poet Claudia Jessop and international poets, Arlene Ang and Mark Fitzgerald
9 June 2010 Mike Marqusee talked with the Guardian’s Daphna Baram about his book If I Am Not for Myself
5 June 2010 Private View – Emerging Images by Valerie and Roger Dean
22 April 2010 Adam Foulds – the Booker shortlisted author of The Quickening Maze came to Pages
17 April 2010 Out of Step: A spoken word benefit for No Sweat
1 April – 31 May 2010 Amy Green Drawings – A Show of Small Gifts
25 March 2010 The Poetry of Healing: Medicine, Psychotherapy and the Arts
A Dialogue with Iona Heath and Paul Gordon
5 – 31 March 2010 New Paintings by Alex Arnell – Private View
Pages Ruins February – A series of events on ruins
25 February 2010 Patrick Wright talked about A Journey Through Ruins: the last days of London
17 February 2010 Owen Hatherley talked about the ruins of urban regeneration
10 February 2010 ‘Ruins Tourism’ – Christopher Woodward talked with Ken Worpole
4 February 2010 Nick Haffner’s photographic exhibition opening for ‘Among the Ruins: Woolworths, Leytonstone, April 2009′
27 January 2010 One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, performed by author Craig Taylor and Co.
16 January 2010 Out of Step – an evening of Spoken Word
8th December 2009 Iain Sinclair and Bonnie Greer asked Is London British?
8th July 2009 Alain de Botton discussed The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work