Tuned In London Music – May to July 2017 programme

Music is intrinsic to the London arts scene; a visit to the West End is a testimony to the rich tradition of musicals, opera, concerts in the many theatres and there are plenty of gigs and street buskers entertaining the busy crowds in town with their melodies and sounds. Other parts of London have been appreciated for adding something to that music scene yet many may not associate Rotherhithe, in its quiet south-of-the-river location, as a place to enjoy and listen to artists from around the world.

Eleanor Thorn, of what has now become Tuned In London, changed that five years ago, when she set up and ran the music programme at the Brunel Museum. Two years ago she moved across the street to Sands Films Cinema, where she continues to bring us the very best of independent, international music. Eleanor is herself a local resident, passionate about music and a strong believer in what Rotherhithe has to offer the arts scene, especially when it comes to music.

Her dedication has allowed audiences to appreciate a wide range of music styles from Great Britain, Europe and beyond: indeed from many far flung parts of the world. The unique performance spaces that Sands Films Studios provides adds the perfect backdrop to the concerts: the music can be enjoyed in a supremely cosy and intimate environment, which only enhances the enjoyment of the experience.

Eleanor’s Tuned In London 2017 programme continue in May. There are incredible gigs still to come and you won’t be short of choices. We hope you appreciate it as much as we do.

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Tuned In London Upcoming events


Wed 10th May, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

The city of Istanbul inherits its name from the Greek “Eis t?n polin” meaning ‘into the city’. Born in Istanbul, Barlas’ music is a call into this evolving metropolis. Through his guitar, he reflects on Anatolian culture and folk traditions of storytelling, like those of Asik Veysel, whilst blending them with contemporary frictions & expressions of living in Turkey in what are now volatile times.


Wed 24th May, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Brazilian 7-string guitar player and composer Luiz Morais joins with vocalist Gabriela Kozyra to present a sparkling array of Brazilian tunes. Classics of Bossa Nova & Samba are complimented by new music from young Brazilian composers with diverse regional flavours & rhythms. A must for lovers of Brazilian music, past and present!


Wed 7th Jun, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

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 from Bolivia and Colombia.


Wed 21st Jun, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films / Midsummer Special

“Among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet” (The Australian). Touring their fourth album ‘First Dance on Second Avenue’ – a journey across Eastern Europe and beyond, She’Koyokh starts out in 1950s New York and finishes up in a Turkish sauna, via Romanian mountains & Serbian villages, featuring klezmer, virtuosic Balkan dances & soulful songs from Albania, Armenia & Bulgaria.


Wed 5th Jul, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Singer, songwriter and song-collector, Kalia, presents contemporary music of her Cretan homeland. Vassilis Chatzimakris (Cretan lyra & mandolin), Nikos Ziarkas (Cretan laouto & electric guitar), and Theodoris Ziarkas (double bass) make up her quartet. Kalia herself sings and plays nay, thiaboli, mandoura pipes and daoulaki. Fast and furious dances blend with soulful laments in original compositions and innovative arrangements from one of the most dynamic living music traditions in the Eastern Mediterranean today.


Wed 19th Jul, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

“One of Madagascar’s true musical icons” (R2 Magazine), singer and guitarist Hanitra is making waves and on tour with her latest album “Lasa”. Her seasoned vocals rise and fall effortlessly through an ever-changing landscape as she melds tradition with contemporary issues in her songs, both in homage to all women and one woman in particular, French-Canadian singer Lhasa de Sela.

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