Too much has happened over the last few months to list here. However, there have been a few highlights both musically and academically. Playing at Musicport with both Amaraterra and Bonnendis was fantastic this autumn as well as meeting up with Världens Band in Sweden to rehearse and record our second album. 2018 will be full of musical promise with 3 album releases, a two month European tour and many concerts all over the UK.
I've also been contributing to the Lincolnite live music scene by creating two new concert series: the Global Sound Sessions at the university, partnered with Making Tracks, as well as the more low key but ever so warm folk and world Guild Sessions in one of the city's oldest buildings, St Mary's Guildhall. So far we have invited 10 different bands and 5 poets to the Guild Sessions, with many more quality acts to come over the year. I also curated Hidden Gems, an sold out evening celebrating Eastern European arts and culture at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, with the support of local communities.
At the university, we introduced the students to the world of academia by creating a new Undergraduate Music Conference where all three year students were able to showcase the work they had done in the first semester. We are now keeping our heads down, preparing for the next term of lessons.
Finally, I have also been invited to talk about music from the Balearic Islands at the European Union in celebration of the day of the Balearic Islands (1 March). This, just after talking about my research in Palma, invited by the town hall. The xeremies are becoming popular!
The big events to remember in the followings weeks are the next Global Sound Sessions with Kadialy Kouyate's Sound System on 2nd February, Amaraterra at our favourite Jamboree on 3 February, and the next Guild Sessions on 19 Febuary! See you here or there!
Bonnendis at Saint Ethelburga's, Amaraterra at Jamboree and a free Improvisation workshop at the university of Lincoln with Valia Calda, a busy month amongst teaching about Bollywood Music, the music of the Arab Uprisings and Indigenous Australian Pop Music!
And coming up soon is Amaraterra's first gig of the year at our favourite Jamboree venue. I hope to see you there to celebrate in our usual wild Southern Italian style...