New Roots presents an evening of contemporary chamber music, where classical influences meet world music, folk and indie attitudes, perfectly matched to the chapel like acoustics of the vaults of Holborn viaduct.
Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from North East London. Blending influences from the chamber folk style of Sufjan Stevens and the post-minimalism of John Adams to modern classical composition and Eastern and African folk music, their cinematic songs are part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music. Drawing on strings, guitar, gamelan, bass synthesizer, piano, gongs and voices, this unique ensemble’s close harmonies and intricate rhythms set an intimate and intense atmosphere that demands and repays close attention.
The band have just released new album Skeleton Hill to critical acclaim, produced by Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk, Heligoland).
‘the music is so utterly hypnotic…Firefly are intoxicating, beautiful and affirming’Matchbox Magazine
‘urgent dancing piano lines and frantic strings over which Bea Hankey sings with majestic, hypnotic grace..’Time Out
‘music that paints sound pictures and takes the audience in myriad directions at will…a vital, indefinable band. Like no other band I have seen before.’For Folks Sake
‘quirky, challenging and innovative music…uncompromising in their bold and stark musical vision.’ Bright Young Folk
Bringing a unique take to the classical piano trio Quest Ensemble (Filipe Sousa piano, Tara Franks cello, and Preetha Narayanan, violin), collaboratively create original work. blending their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. With traces of Vaughn Williams, Steve Reich, and Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Quest Ensemble paint a unique and evocative musical landscape filled with lyrical melodic lines, rich harmonies, and interwoven rhythmic counterpoint.