Tuned In London, heartfelt music in the heart of Rotherhithe

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 Autumn/Winter programme started in September. There are five 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

JASON KALIDAS & SIRISHKUMAR MANJI

JASON KALIDAS & SIRISHKUMAR MANJI

JASON KALIDAS & SIRISHKUMAR MANJI

Wed 21st Sep, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Jason Kalidas and Sirishkumar Manji are renowned for their virtuosity and unique chemistry. On this the eve of the Autumnal Equinox, expect a dynamic night of music exploring depths of melody and rhythm with evocative low pitched Indian bansuri flute and tabla. A performance ranging from deep introspection to exhilarating percussive explorations.

JASON CARTER

JASON CARTER

JASON CARTER

Wed 28th Sep, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Jason Carter’s musical depth & extraordinary style have left an indelible impact around the globe. Touring with his inimitable fusion of world music & classical styles, Jason is a harp guitarist and composer of the highest calibre. Prolific & exceptionally creative, he continually produces captivating and alluring music that is played with humility, passion and exquisite flair.

WOMEN IN FLAMENCO: A HOMAGE

WOMEN IN FLAMENCO: A HOMAGE

WOMEN IN FLAMENCO: A HOMAGE

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

In the intimate and indisputably authentic form of a “tablao”, this celebratory show presents an enthralling collection of flamenco “palos”/songs as well as dance spanning from the most traditional to the most contemporary. Accomplished performers Natalia (dance), Leo (voice) and Ramon (guitar) paint passionate scenes portraying women who have marked the history of flamenco.

MELANGE

MELANGE

MELANGE

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

“Exoticism & sheer vivacity” says The Jazz Mann “plus the brilliance of the musicianship” are what makes the live shows of this quartet so exciting. Cellist Shirley Smart leads Melange who seamlessly blend music from North Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean, incorporating jazz improvisation and dynamic arrangements.

LILY LUCA

LILY LUCA

LILY LUCA

Wed 2nd Nov, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Award-winning Lyon-based singer songwriter Lily Luca is talented with the sketchpad in more ways than one: she paints scenes rich in perceptiveness, rhythm and melody with the words of her bittersweet “chansons françaises” that she delivers with a mischievous charisma. Irony & humour pervade her fine vocals and when she’s not singing, she’s sketching with pens and pencils… She’ll be joined by guitarist Jean de Talhouet and multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas.

ERROL LINTON

ERROL LINTON

ERROL LINTON

Wed 16th Nov, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Brixton-born Errol Linton is three times Best Blues Harmonica player. “This gifted bluesman is one of London’s greatest undiscovered talents.” (Independent). Expect Chicago Blues and South London lyrics, with reggae lilts hinting at Jamaican roots. By popular demand, Errol is back with his full band.

JULIANA YAZBECK

JULIANA YAZBECK

JULIANA YAZBECK

Wed 30th Nov, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Juliana Yazbeck’s mixed cultural background, having been born in New Jersey to Lebanese refugees, influences her music: politically conscious lyrics in both English and Arabic merge with Levantine sounds and hip hop poetry to create a soulful, raw and profoundly sincere performance. Through music she explores uncomfortable truths, connecting with her audience on a beautiful & human level. She is accompanied by Alexis Kraniou on guitar.

HIBIKI ICHIKAWA and AKARI MOCHIZUKI

HIBIKI ICHIKAWA and AKARI MOCHIZUKI

HIBIKI ICHIKAWA and AKARI MOCHIZUKI

Wed 14th Dec, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Love, loss, hardship and a nostalgic pining for one’s hometown are the subject of the Japanese “enka” and “minyo” performed by virtuoso musician Hibiki Ichikawa (Tsugaru shamisen) and Akari Mochizuki (voice). The marriage of the distinctive rhythms of this unusual instrument with Akari’s quintessentially Japanese vocals will transport you to Hibiki’s native Tohoku, north eastern Honshu, the main island of this Far Eastern archipelago.

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