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February 2018
Carneval String Trio Matinee

Carneval String Trio Matinee

Carneval String Trio have created a fascinating programme of twentieth-century music for us. Vanished kingdoms and shifting borders here, in an Eastern Europe where identities and allegiances were torn apart under the most savage circumstances imaginable. They’ll be playing pieces by Kodaly, Dohnányi and Klein, works that shock and mesmerize in equal measure. Each of these composers used folkloric themes to express their unique national identities, and yet these identities were rewritten for them many times as borders shifted and ideologies fought over their homelands. This is music that challenges us to ask, what is left of our identity when it is warped and usurped by the forces of nationalism?

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February 7 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on 14th Feb 2018 at 1:15pm

£8 - £10
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Nikos Baroutsakis Matinee

Nikos Baroutsakis Matinee

The cultural and political history of the former Yugoslavia features large in this year’s Marchland. Greek guitarist Nikos Baroutsakis joins the conversation with a recital of music from the Balkans and the wider region, where Europe meets the Middle East. He’ll be playing pieces inspired by the folk culture of Armenia, the Balkans and Turkey. Carlo Domeniconi’s Variations on Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım (I'm On A Long Narrow Road) - a Turkish folk song of pain and suffering - opens the programme. It is followed by Four Traditional Armenian Dances arranged for guitar by Iakovos Kolanian. Finally, a rare performance of Dusan Bogdanovic’s Six Balkan Miniatures, composed for and dedicated to, world peace during the Yugoslavian Civil War.

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February 8 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£8 - £10
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Fran & Flora Matinee

Fran & Flora Matinee

Fran & Flora are cellist Francesca Ter-Berg and violinist Flora Curzon. BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction described them as fiercely passionate and a string duo bound for glory, and that says it all about their approach to music making and their musical influences. For Marchland, they will be exploring musical styles from Eastern Europe, and how they are influenced by ongoing exchanges and tensions across borders and migrating communities. Expect soulful laments, exquisite songs, irresistible dance tunes, and tales of their musical adventures as outsiders intent on incorporating traditional music-making into their own, unique style.

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February 9 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£8 - £10
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Sound of the Arctic

Sound of the Arctic

Norway’s KultNett bring together some of the foremost folk musicians and storytellers from beyond the Arctic Circle to examine the history of the peoples of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Sápmi, the land of the Sámi people. Storytelling, a fast and furious fiddle and the traditional ‘joik’ of the Sámi are interwoven to create a performance that explores and interrogates the dynamics of cultural and ethnic hegemony in the Nordic region of Europe. Adapted especially for Marchland and illustrated by a multi-media presentation, this is a truly immersive experience; a rare insight into a rich and vibrant borderland culture from the Northernmost reaches of Europe.

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February 9 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on 17th Feb 2018 at 9:00pm

£10 - £12
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A Vanished Kingdom – Workshops

A Vanished Kingdom – Workshops

Théâtre Volière’s Marchland wants you! Come and help make an interdisciplinary event to be presented on the closing day of the season. On three consecutive Saturdays we’ll be meeting to create our own Vanished Kingdom - an imaginary borderland with its own culture, geography, history, language... All devised by you. If you’re a visual artist, writer or performer, if you’re someone who wants to share ideas in a supportive and respectful environment, if you’re someone who enjoys playing and make believe, then join us and artists from the Marchland season to help make something truly unique. You are welcome to come and go as you please for the duration of each workshop, and even to just quietly observe the controlled chaos! It’s completely free to participate. Looking forward to meeting you at the crossroads!

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February 10 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on 24th Feb 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on 3rd Mar 2018 at 10:00am

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Nikos Baroutsakis + Fran & Flora

Nikos Baroutsakis + Fran & Flora

A double bill of music and conversation with Nikos Baroutsakis and Fran & Flora, exploring the musical culture of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. For the first half of the evening, Nikos will be reprising his Marchland matinee for us - a programme of work from Armenia, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia. For the second half, cellist and violinist Fran & Flora will present an extended version of their Marchland programme, their distinctive music-making interspersed with anecdotes and insights from their musicological travels in the Balkans.

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February 10 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£10 - £12
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The Oak of Two Greens + Sound of the Arctic

The Oak of Two Greens + Sound of the Arctic

Bardos Band’s The Oak of Two Greens is a melting pot of rare and deeply-affecting music, woven around an ancient folktale. Using voice, harp, medieval fiddle, gittern, flutes and symphony, they explore the legendary origins of Irish music. For this double bill, we’ve paired them with KultNett’s The Sound of the Arctic, who will be presenting an extended version of their Marchland programme. This promises to be a fascinating evening of music and storytelling from Northern Europe, juxtaposing the living traditions of a borderland culture with exquisite reconstructions of a shared musical heritage.

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February 10 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£13 - £15
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The Oak of Two Greens Matinee

The Oak of Two Greens Matinee

We were keen to programme work for Marchland that explores the way culture is transformed as it crosses borders. Bardos Band’s The Oak of Two Greens shows us that this is an ancient and ongoing process. This is a melting-pot of rare and deeply-affecting music, woven around an ancient folktale. A resourceful harper charms his audience to sleep in order to steal their magical harp - The Oak of Two Greens. The harp belongs to the king of the Tuatha da Dannan; a legendary tribe which, according to legend, brought music to Ireland. Bardos Band follow the route this music might have travelled, using voice, harp, medieval fiddle, gittern, flutes and symphony to create an enchanting wash of sound. The instrumental virtuosity was stunning, The Record.

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February 12 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£8 - £10
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Sound of the Arctic Matinee

Sound of the Arctic Matinee

Norway’s KultNett bring together some of the foremost folk musicians and storytellers from beyond the Arctic Circle to examine the history of the peoples of Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Sápmi, the land of the Sámi people. Storytelling, a fast and furious fiddle and the traditional ‘joik’ of the Sámi are interwoven to create a performance that explores and interrogates the dynamics of cultural and ethnic hegemony in the Nordic region of Europe. Adapted especially for Marchland and illustrated by a multi-media presentation, this is a truly immersive experience; a rare insight into a rich and vibrant borderland culture from the Northernmost reaches of Europe.

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February 13 1:15 pm
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One event on 16th Feb 2018 at 1:15pm

£8 - £10
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Before and After Schengen Matinee

Before and After Schengen Matinee

Inspired by Ignacio Evangelista’s photography sequence After Schengen, we brought together three artists to create an interdisciplinary event exploring notions of the vanishing border. In front of a screening of his work, Ignacio will be talking about his fascination with Europe’s disused border posts. His talk will be interwoven with poems by Hungarian-born poet George Szirtes, written in response to Ignacio’s images and read by George himself. The whole will be framed by a unique performance of musical fragments and improvisations devised by violist Shiry Rashkovsky. A truly international collaboration that encapsulates perfectly the spirit of Marchland.

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February 15 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£10 - £12
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Before and After Schengen + Sound of the Arctic

Before and After Schengen + Sound of the Arctic

Our double bills, juxtaposing programmes from elsewhere in the Marchland season, are designed to create resonances and spark debate - and, of course, to make for a really good night out! This one has a truly epic sweep. Kultnett give us an extended version of their Sound of the Arctic programme, with even more folk music, storytelling and documentary theatre-making from beyond the Arctic Circle. Preceding them, another chance to see our specially commissioned piece Before and After Schengen; a multi-media collaboration between photographer Ignacio Evangelista, poet George Szirtes, and violist Shiry Rashkovsky. Expect to find yourselves pondering the ephemeral and often arbitrary nature of borders.

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February 15 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£13 - £15
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Sound of the Arctic Matinee

Sound of the Arctic Matinee

Norway’s KultNett bring together some of the foremost folk musicians and storytellers from beyond the Arctic Circle to examine the history of the peoples of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Sápmi, the land of the Sámi people. Storytelling, a fast and furious fiddle and the traditional ‘joik’ of the Sámi are interwoven to create a performance that explores and interrogates the dynamics of cultural and ethnic hegemony in the Nordic region of Europe. Adapted especially for Marchland and illustrated by a multi-media presentation, this is a truly immersive experience; a rare insight into a rich and vibrant borderland culture from the Northernmost reaches of Europe.

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February 16 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£8 - £10
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Sefiroth

Sefiroth

Sefiroth is an international collective of musicians founded by brothers Nick and Alex Roth to explore traditional Sephardic repertoire. They keep the spirit of the traditions alive yet do something totally different at the same time - Fiona Talkington, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3. Sung in Ladino, these ancient songs weave timeless stories of love, loss and yearning for home, evoking the lands where the Sephardic diaspora settled: Iberia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The group’s arrangements are as porous and wide-ranging as the history of the Sephardim, combining acoustic and electric instruments, improvisation, modern harmonies and trance-inducing rhythms. Essential listening for anyone attending our project A Vanished Kingdom: Alex Roth will be joining us on the final Saturday as we share our imaginary borderland.

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February 16 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on 16th Feb 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on 23rd Feb 2018 at 7:30pm

£10 - £12
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Sefiroth Matinee

Sefiroth Matinee

Sefiroth is an international collective of musicians founded by brothers Nick and Alex Roth to explore traditional Sephardic repertoire. They keep the spirit of the traditions alive yet do something totally different at the same time - Fiona Talkington, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3. Sung in Ladino, these ancient songs weave timeless stories of love, loss and yearning for home, evoking the lands where the Sephardic diaspora settled: Iberia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The group’s arrangements are as porous and wide-ranging as the history of the Sephardim, combining acoustic and electric instruments, improvisation, modern harmonies and trance-inducing rhythms. Essential listening for anyone attending our project A Vanished Kingdom: Alex Roth will be joining us on the final Saturday as we share our imaginary borderland.

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February 17 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£8 - £10
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Blackbirds and Blue Helmets + Fran & Flora

Blackbirds and Blue Helmets + Fran & Flora

This seemed to us a natural pairing of two profoundly inquisitive programmes. We start with Alex Batesmith’s dramatised talk about his experiences as a UN war crimes prosecutor in Kosovo and his travels in the former Yugoslavia. The second half of the evening features cellist and violinist Fran & Flora’s extended version of their Marchland programme, their distinctive music-making interspersed with anecdotes and insights from their musicological work in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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February 20 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£13 - £15
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Maiden in the Moor + Sefiroth

Maiden in the Moor + Sefiroth

A double bill of work setting the revived music of a vanished culture alongside the living, evolving traditions of a banished people. Maiden in the Moor reprise their Marchland programme of music from, and inspired by, the troubadours of Occitania, a kingdom that once straddled Southern France and Northern Spain. Later in the evening, Sefiroth once again give us their mesmerising take on the music of the Sephardim, Jews expelled from Spain in the 15th century, using acoustic and electric instruments, improvisation, modern harmonies and trance-inducing rhythms to keep the spirit of the traditions alive yet do something totally different at the same time - Fiona Talkington, Radio 3.

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February 22 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£13 - £15
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Maiden in The Moor Matinee

Maiden in The Moor Matinee

Early-music specialists Maiden in the Moor revive for us the music of Occitania, a vanished kingdom that once straddled Southern France and Northern Spain. The Occitan Troubadours sang of loyalty, love and longing, and their language and music survived through travelling poets and illuminated songbooks long after their culture was devastated by the Albigensian Crusade. Their work had a profound influence on European music and culture, and echoes of it can be heard in lieder, folk music, and the work of the singer-songwriters of our own time. The programme includes Troubadour and Trouvère songs, songs from the courts of Aquitaine and the Languedoc, and Spanish pilgrim songs.

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February 28 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£10 - £12
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March 2018
Åkervinda + Maiden in The Moor

Åkervinda + Maiden in The Moor

Early music from Europe’s archetypal singer-songwriters, the troubadours of the vanished kingdom of Occitania, and eclectic modern Scandinavian folksong influenced by artists such as Björk and The Real Group. For the first half of this double bill, another chance to hear Maiden in the Moor’s programme of music from the courts of Aquitaine and the Languedoc, and their deeply affecting treatments of troubadour, trouvère and Spanish pilgrim songs. For the second half, Sweden and Denmark’s Akervinda breathe new life into traditional songs, singing stories of women through the ages in their inimitable, jazz inflected style.

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March 1 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
£13 - £15
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Åkervinda Matinee

Åkervinda Matinee

Sweden and Denmark’s Åkervinda perform their unique, modern Scandinavian folksongs. Jazz singers at heart, and influenced by artists such as Björk and The Real Group, they share a deep love of folk music. Through improvisation, they breathe new life into traditional songs, singing stories of women through the ages. Their appearance at Marchland marks the opening of a UK tour and the release of their latest album. Have a listen to this impromptu moment of Nordic vocal music from Åkervinda. It might just tease out a few goosebumps - Tobias Elof, The Swingles. Akervinda will also be joining us on the final Saturday for our presentation of A Vanished Kingdom, giving us their perspective on women’s history and cross border co-operation.

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March 2 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
£8 - £10
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Åkervinda + Alex Roth, Alice Zawadzki & Olesya Zdorovetskaya (from Sefiroth)

Åkervinda + Alex Roth, Alice Zawadzki & Olesya Zdorovetskaya (from Sefiroth)

Another chance to hear the modern Scandinavian folksong of Sweden and Denmark’s Akervinda plus a one-off set from three members of Sefiroth, Alex Roth, Alice Zawadzki & Olesya Zdorovetskaya. This programme of haunting harmonies and dazzling improvisations inspired by women’s history and the shifting populations of Europe, also serves as an opener to the presentation of our season-long, open-access project A Vanished Kingdom - a free event featuring work from our workshop participants and artists and performers from the Marchland season.

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March 3 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
£13 - £15
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A Vanished Kingdom

A Vanished Kingdom

What can we say about our show A Vanished Kingdom? Not much, since it’s actually mostly your show and you’ve yet to devise it! What we can say is that, with the aid of artists and performers from the Marchland season, we’ll be presenting the audience with the stories, songs, dances, artwork, history, geography... of a European borderland of our participants’ collective imagination. Expect, perhaps, robust and lively debate about the tensions between regional identity and cross-cultural fertilisation, absurd flights of fancy and charming anecdotes, and a rich tapestry of differing viewpoints and traditions.

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March 3 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
FREE
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