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NEWS: ECM pianist Stefano Battaglia to make First London Appearance in 25 Years

Stefano Battaglia
Photo credit: Daniel Vass / ECM

The Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia, who has made seven albums for ECM in the years since 2005, will be making a very rare London appearance at Kings Place on 1 Mar 2018 (Hall Two, 7pm). In fact we understand it is his first visit here in a quarter century. He will be appearing with Turkish-Kurdish poet Bejan Matur and actor Anna Madeley in a programme entitled The Sea Opens presented by our fellow Kings  Place Musicbase tenants – and friends –  Poet in the City. The Kings Place website has the following to explain the concept of the evening:

“Looking out onto the same Mediterranean Sea, but from opposite sides of the coast, Turkish-Kurdish poet Bejan Matur and Italian jazz pianist Stefano Battaglia have synthesised their art in an exploration of the recent refugee crisis. With the Mediterranean as their stage, Matur and Battaglia have created a one-off performance inspired by its culture, history and mythology, uniting their poetry and music to question the meaning of home for all of humanity, past and present.”

LJN has an interview about this project with Stefano Battaglia in preparation

LINKS: Kings Place details / tickets
Stefano Battaglia’s artist page at ECM Records
Review of In the Morning – CD from 2015

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