Music -Tuned In London – Wood Essence trio

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7th June 2017 @ 19:45 Europe/London Timezone
Sands Films Studios
82 St Marychurch St
London SE16 4HZ
£14/ £8 child
From left to right: Diego Laverde , Phaxsi Coca and Camilo Menjura.

From left to right: Diego Laverde , Phaxsi Coca and Camilo Menjura.

Wood Essence Trio

In this new project, Phaxsi Coca, Camilo Menjura and Diego Laverde combine three elements whose essence is that of wood, strings and bamboo: traditional pipes from the Andes including sikus and qenas, the guitar and the dulcet sounds of the “arpa llanera” harp whose fiery & energetic rhythms of the “joropo” melodies represent the plains that straddle Colombia and Venezuela. The Indigenous, European & African heritage of the people of this region is reflected in the warm & joyful rhythms played by these acclaimed musicians hailing from Bolivia and Colombia.

Phaxsi Coca

Phaxsi Coca has collaborated with such projects as Bolivian Jazz and Comunidad Sagrada Coca in her own country, and has been playing with bands from many countries, from Bolivia, to the UK, to Cuba, to Japan. Now based in London, she is co-founder of female band WARMI, and mixes her rhythms with the Andean fusion band Lokandes. She has played at many music events and festivals such as the Big Chill, Glastonbury, and the O2 Arena among others. Phaxsi in the Aymara language means ‘Mother Moon’; Coca is the sacred leaf symbolising the integration of nature & people in the South American Andes area since ancient times. She was born in a small village in Bolivia, which has now become the second-largest city in the country, El Alto. She started to play these instruments and the charango in her teenage years as a self-taught musician.

Camilo Menjura

An incredibly versatile, award-winning initially self-taught musician, Camilo leads the SOAS University World Music Choir, the “LOVE TO SING” group at the Mary Ward Centre College, the LOLCHOIR [Landscapes Of Latin-America Choir] and the “Stapleton Singers” community choir in Stroud Green. For the last few years he’s been committed to performing with a variety of bands that range from Afro-Colombian & Afro-Peruvian music to Andean Jazz, Sudanese Fusion Music and English pop/folk. His guitar -& charango- playing has been featured in the TV Series The Fixer, on ITV seasons 1 and 2, the Scottish film ‘Donkeys’, the documentary Winds of Change and the upcoming Peruvian film “Retablo”. From a musical family from Bogotá, Camilo is the first of his family to build a career from music.

Diego Laverde Rojas

Also from Bogotá, Colombia, Diego has been playing the Llanera Harp since 1982. He is an active member of the band The Familiar Strangers with singer, Rory McLeod with whom he has toured extensively in the UK and is a founder member of “Ensemble Criollo” a folkloric band based in London which features traditional music from the Colombo-Venezuelan plains. In Colombia, he taught in various music academies and was director of the Folkloric Lowlands’ group of the Central University of Bogotá. He has toured the world as a musician with the Ballet Folklorico Colombiano. He performs solo in festivals all over the world.

Wood Essence Trio
Wed 7th June May, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm)
Sands Films Studios
82 St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe London SE16 4HZ


About Tuned In London


This event is organised by TunedIn London in collaboration with Sands Films Studios. At Sands Films, performances are usually held in the sofa-filled cinema on the ground floor. Occasionally they are held in the upstairs theatre. If you require wheelchair access we advise you to contact us to check the location before purchasing.

Tea and coffee is included in your ticket. There is no bar at Sands Films Studio though the are two pubs nearby: The Mayflower Pub just across the road and The Ship (only 3 minutes away)

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