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19Sep 2017
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Meet the Artists: Midori Komachi ahead of her performance at Kings Place

Equator Festival launched the Women of the World concert series in 2007, with the simple aim of promoting female performers from all music genres, from all over the world. The first performer of WOW 2017 is Midori Komachi with  A Journey from the East – Music from Japan and Britain at 3pm on Saturday 30th September at Kings Place.

Midori Komachi, Japanese violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician extensively throughout Europe and Japan.

Midori studied in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 12 where she was accepted exceptionally as a “Young Talented Student” at the Basel Music Conservatoire. Subsequently she made her debut as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Since then she has appeared in some of the world’s prestigious venues, including Tonhalle Zurich, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Muza Kawasaki(Japan), Philharmony Warsaw, Wigmore Hall,  St.George’s Bristol, Rector’s Palace (Croatia). She has also given recitals at festivals in the UK, France, Holland and Hungary.

Midori has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 ‘in Tune’ along with the release of her acclaimed debut CD ‘Colours of the Heart’ (2014). This release and concert tour was supported by Arts Council England, bringing her ‘Delius and Gauguin’ project to a wider audience in the UK and subsequently to Japan. The disc gained high praise from many publications;
“Sensitive accounts of music full of sensual allure Komachi judges the sleek, neo-Classical lines of Ravel’s 1928 Sonata to perfection”  The Strad ‘
“Komachi has chosen a particularly imaginative approach… (Komachi’s booklet essay) Well worth reading in its own right, it is an added enhancement of a recital in which this violinist more than holds her own” International Record Review

Alongside her performing career, Midori is a bilingual writer for her expertise in 20th Century British composers. Currently she is a writer for her Japanese web column ‘London Studio’, produced by Studio 18 Japan. Her first book on Frederick Delius is due to be published in Japan in Autumn 2017.

Midori is a recipient of numerous prizes, including 1st Prize at competitions Max Pirani Prize and Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, as well as receiving the Friends of RAM/Honorary Patrons’ Development Award and MBF Emerging Excellence Award. As an active chamber musician, she has recorded for Metier, Naxos and RAM Labels, and frequently plays with Longbow alongside the Kreutzer Quartet.

In October 2012, Midori completed her Master of Music degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was supported by the Seary Charitable Trust and the William Barry Trust. Over these years she studied with Maurice Hasson and Tomotada Soh.

Along with her performing career, Midori has founded various concert projects based on several research topics. In 2012, her Delius Project culminated in a series of her concerts in London, Cambridge and Tokyo. This project was featured in the Arts & Collections International Magazine and the Nikkei Newspaper (Financial Times) in Japan. In January 2013 she was awarded the Delius Society Certificate for her performances of the Delius Violin Sonatas.

Since 2012, Midori has developed a cultural exchange project in UK and Japan, introducing works by composers from both countries. For this project she has been supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation, Holst Foundation and Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. In 2012 she led a series of workshops with composers Nicola LeFanu and Yuka Takechi, and in 2013 worked with Toshio Hosokawa, performing his Elegy for Solo Violin in Tokyo and London to high critical acclaim.

On September 30th the concert will celebrate the diversity of an inspiring sound world created by pioneering Japanese and British female composers through time, to be performed by renowned Japanese koto player Sumie Osaki, and young award-winning violinist Midori Komachi with pianist Simon Callaghan.

Rebecca Clarke Midsummer Moon for violin and piano
Yuka Takechi Beyond the Spring for solo violin (2000)
Grace Williams Sonata for violin and piano (1938)
Japanese Folk Songs (arr. Komachi)
Nicola LeFanu Abstracts and a Frame for violin and piano (1971)

Tickets still available from the Kings Place box office for just £14.50

18Apr 2017
News Comments Off on Celebrate Ashford! Volunteers needed

Celebrate Ashford! Volunteers needed

A new multicultural festival for Ashford

Equator Festival has been awarded funds from the Big Lottery Fund to launch a new multicultural community festival in Ashford. The festival will be in partnership with Festival in the Park on Friday 7th July – Sunday 9th July 2017 and we want YOU to be part of it.

There will also be a food tent with food from around the world and specialist chefs showing you how to cook.  There will be performances and workshops from some of the Equator Artists.

We need volunteers to make this event a success! The day will be very busy so we need volunteers that will be able to keep up with excitement, bring lots of energy as well as enthusiasm.

Volunteer roles will be assigned on the day during briefing but the responsibilities are:

  • Help set up/Close Down the event
  • Give out information and directions to the public
  • Stewarding
  • Support acts and performers

The exact times you will be needed onsite are still be to be finalised.

All volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Email: events@equatorfestival.com

 

24Mar 2017
News Comments Off on Equator Choir Competition 2017

Equator Choir Competition 2017

When: July 7th – 9th 2017
Where: North Park, Tannery Lane

Amateur, school, youth and community choirs based in Ken and Medway are invited to take part in the Equator Choir Festival Competition 2017.

The competition will be part of a new outdoor multi-cultural  festival in Ashford called Celebrate Ashford and the performances will be part of World in a Tent programme.

The choir must have a minimum of 12 singers and be available to perform on the dates above, with the performance lasting no more than 15 minutes.

Please email ASAP a list of 3 songs one of which must be from another country and culture.

24Mar 2017
News Comments Off on Equator’s Women of the World 2017

Equator’s Women of the World 2017

WOW Canterbury: 10th – 11th June 2017
WOW London: 30th September & 21st October 2017

Two fantastic opportunities for women, girls and groups led by women at WOW Canterbury and WOW London.

Are you a female choir, performance group or mixed group with a repertoire of songs by female composers and songwriters?

Then come and showcase your talent at the Women of the World events. For more details please email events@equatorfestival.com

Equator Festival launched the Women of the World concert series in 2007, with the simple aim of promoting female performers  from all music genres, from all over the world.  Each year Equator showcases the best in female performers, musicians and songwriters.  Over the last nine years the WOW series has presented music from Africa, Eastern-Europe, Middle East, India, Australia and the UK.  The performances have included everything from choirs to solo performers, works you have heard before and new commissions.  Previous performers include: Beyounes Quarter, Commander-in-Chief, Hannah Marcinowicz, Ignite Ensemble, London Bulgarian Choir, London Klezmer Quartet, London Tango Trio, Monica Vasconcelos, Oclay Bayir, Shallu Jindal and Shiva Nova.  We are launching WOW Canterbury in June in partnership with Canterbury Festival. 

 

 

24Mar 2017
News Comments Off on Celebrate Ashford!

Celebrate Ashford!

A new multicultural festival for Ashford

Equator Festival has been awarded funds from the Big Lottery Fund to launch a new multicultural community festival in Ashford. The festival will be in partnership with Festival in the Park on Friday 7th July – Sunday 9th July 2017 and we want YOU to be part of it.

There will also be a food tent with food from around the world and specialist chefs showing you how to cook.  There will be performances and workshops from some of the Equator Artists.

We are looking for looking for community groups, youth group and local artists to perform and celebrate with us. The ‘World in a tent’ programme will be finalised by the end of April so please get in touch if you are interested in performing.

Email: events@equatorfestival.com
Deadline: 18th April 2017

 

 

20Mar 2017
News Comments Off on Help support culturally diverse dance and music workshops for young people in Kent

Help support culturally diverse dance and music workshops for young people in Kent

ShivaNova/Equator Festival is a BAME-led organisation in South-East England that brings world class culturally diverse artists and performers from Africa, Asia and Europe based in the UK to perform in professional shows and lead practical performance-based workshops and residencies with young people and communities.
Artistic programming and project management for Equator is led by ShivaNova’s Artistic Director, Education and Outreach Manager, and Marketing Manager, working closely with our school, community and arts venue partners.

ShivaNova brings global music, dance and traditional craft styles to communities who have never experienced them before and engages local schools and community groups to leave a legacy of positive culturally diverse role models sharing their expertise inspired by their cultural homelands.Help us to continue this important work to help sustain our vision of learning through other cultures through the arts.

You can donate through our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ShivaNova?utm_id=2&utm_term=jXrN7gQ38

20Mar 2017
News Comments Off on Drumming & Singing Workshop: Event FAQs

Drumming & Singing Workshop: Event FAQs

Equator Festival are proud to present a hands-on session learning and playing southern African drum patterns and rhythms combined with singing some simple African songs.

Where is the workshop taking place?

The workshop is happening at The Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable, follow the signs when you arrive.

How do I get to The Horsebridge Centre?

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located in the heart of Whitstable, the full address is 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent. CT5 1AF.  It approximately 200 yards from the town centre and 1 mile from Whitstable train station.  The closest car park is on Victoria Street.

What time is the workshop?

The workshop starts at 2pm and will last about 90 minutes.

Does it cost anything to attend the event or workshop?

The tickets for the workshop are just £7 and can be bought in advance on line https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/159031

Do I need to bring anything for the workshop?

No, just yourself and you can wear anything you want, but you may want a bottle of water as it will an active workshop.

Can I take photos of the workshop and performance?

Absolutely, and feel free to post them on twitter (@EquatorFestival) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/equatorfestival).

Can I join in if I’m late to the workshop?

Yes, the more the merrier.

Are there any age restrictions?

The event is open to all, but we ask that children under 11 are accompanied by an adult.

Who is leading the workshop?

The workshop is being lead by one of the members of U’Zambezi group.

U’zambezi are a performing arts ensemble based in the United Kingdom who specialize in music and dance from Southern Africa. The group includes composers, dance and music educators. Their uninhibited staccato rhythms blend seamlessly with rich acappella harmonies.
This form of acappella song is known as ‘imbube’ and is sung mostly in Zulu. With its origins in the 1920s, when choirs such as ‘Crocodile’ and ‘Durban Evening Birds’ were founded in South Africa, modern day imbube lyrics explore key social issues such as war, suffering, love, religion and famine.
U’zambezi animate their songs with traditional dancing, ululation and African drumming. The group has played for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.

2Mar 2017
News Comments Off on Dances of Kali: Event FAQs

Dances of Kali: Event FAQs

Equator WOW presents Kali featuring classical and contemporary Indian dance with virtuoso dancers Arunima Kumar and Ash Mukherjee. The show is themed around the power of women and Indian Goddesses in Indian mythology especially the Goddess Kali. Before the main performance there will be a 30 minute Indian dance workshop.

Sunley Gallery

Where is the workshop and performance taking place?

They are both happening in the same venue, the Sunley Gallery at the Turners Contemporary in Margate. Currently in the Sunley Theatre is The Studio Group Commission: Khasif Nadim Chaudry.

How do I get to Turner Contemporary Margate?

The Turner Contemporary website has loads of details about how to get there and accessibility click here.

What time is the workshop?

The workshop begins at 3.30pm and will last about 30 minutes.

What time will the performance start?

The performance will start immediately after the workshop at 4pm.

Does it cost anything to attend the event or workshop?

Nope, both events are free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance ,just turn up.

Do I need to bring anything for the workshop?

No, just yourself and you can wear anything you want, but you may want a bottle of water as you will be dancing.

Can I take photos of the workshop and performance?

Absolutely, and feel free to post them on twitter (@EquatorFestival) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/equatorfestival).

Can I join in if I’m late to the workshop?

Yes, the more the merrier.

Are there any age restrictions?

The event is open to all, but we ask that children under 11 are accompanied by an adult.

Who is performing?

There are 2 amazing dancers Arunima Kumar and Ash Mukherjee. You can read profiles on Arunima and Ash on the news section of this website.

 

 

 

27Feb 2017
News Comments Off on Dances of Kali: Meet the Dancers part 2 – Ash Mukherjee

Dances of Kali: Meet the Dancers part 2 – Ash Mukherjee

On March 9th Equator is proud to present a show themed around the power of women and Indian Goddesses in Indian mythology especially the Goddess Kali.  The Dances of Kali will be performed at this free event by two incredible dancers Arunima Kumar and Ash Mukherjee.  We’ve already met Arunima Kumar, now lets meet Ash Mukherjee.

The event is free to attend and you can find out more details here
A Time Out London’s Rising Talent and Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards UK nominee, Ash has been hailed as the Best Indian dancer in Great Britain today by Dance Europe.

In a recent survey conducted by Wiki Answers on the top twenty best male dancers in the world, Ash is the only representative of temple dance and appears along side his childhood idols, Rudolph Nureyev and Fred Astaire. Tipped as one of the most unique and cutting edge choreographers emerging from the UK dance scene today, Ash was hand picked by the production team behind This Is It! to create a short temple dance solo.

A versatile dance maker with an intuitive grasp on popular culture, Ash brings a fresh new take on artistic collaboration, most notably in his recent work with the acclaimed director Kevin Godley, in creating the striking imagery behind the music video of the Katie Melua/William Orbit hit single, The Flood and his choreographic piece for the one of the hottest international dance shows on television So You Think You Can Dance 2 UK on BBC1 television.

Born and brought up in Calcutta, India, Ash trained in the Indian classical dance style Bharata Natyam, the national dance of India in the Tanjore school, a style known for its grandeur and musicality under Guru Smt.Thankamani Kutti. He also trained extensively in the Bharatiya Natyashastra as recompiled by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, and its 108 karanas or dance units, the treatise on the origin of all other South Asian dance forms such as Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Odissi etc. The youngest principal dancer of Kalamandalam Kolakata, at age thirteen, Ash received The Best Male Dancer Award by Layavinyas, India and had the opportunity to dance for Mother Teresa while still in his early teens. In 1998, Ash came to England to train in classical ballet under ex prima ballerinas of The Royal Ballet, Brenda Last and the Lady Londonderry – Ms Doreen Wells, and in Jazz Theatre Dance by Dollie Henry. Ash was offered to work in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End hit Bombay Dreams while still in his second year.

In 2007 Ash became the first Indian National to have been nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award UK for his critically acclaimed contribution to the 2006 Place Prize winning piece. In the same year he directed jazz and cabaret artist Holly Penfield in her one woman show entiltled Both Sides Now which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre and won the ” The Best Singer at the Fringe Award”. In 2008 he was featured in Time Out London’s Rising Talent Issue and Dance Europe as one of Europe’s three emerging dancers and dance makers. Hecreated an exciting new debut solo at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards Ceremony in 2009 .Ash then went on to make his choreographic dance theatre debut to excellent reviews with his piece entitled “The Meeting Place” at The Place Theatre for Resolution! 2009. He has also been the Critics’ Choice Dance Europe for Outstanding Male Dancer and Best Contemporary Dance Premiere for his piece, The Meeting Place.

For Resolution! 2010 Ash presented his piece on the closing night of the festival, then in its 21st year, to excellent reviews with “Affluenza”, a piece where temple and street dance collided in a tale of greed, addiction and the recent global stock market crash.

Ash has recently been commissioned by Akademi UK to create a site specific work at Southwark Playhouse Vaults entitled Song Of The City. The piece is inspired by the poems and doodles of Guru Rabindranath Tagore, India’s national poet. He has also been shortlisted for a Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award

27Feb 2017
News Comments Off on Dances of Kali: Meet the dancers part 1 – Arunima Kumar

Dances of Kali: Meet the dancers part 1 – Arunima Kumar

On March 9th Equator is proud to present a show themed around the power of women and Indian Goddesses in Indian mythology especially the Goddess Kali.  The Dances of Kali will be performed at this free event by two incredible dancers Arunima Kumar and Ash Mukherjee.  First, lets meet Arunima Kumar.

The event is free to attend and you can find out more details here

​Arunima Kumar is one of the leading and versatile Kuchipudi dancers  of her generation today. Born in India , she began her dance training at the age of seven and studied with eminent dancers and teachers(gurus) Padmashree Guru JayaRama Rao and Vanashree Rao . She had her initial training under Padmabhushan Smt Swapnasundari. She is currently mentored by Shobhana Jeyasingh, Chitra Sundaram and Pushkala Gopal.

Arunima is the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskaar for 2008 , awarded by the President of India ,to artists who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the fields of music, dance and drama. She is also selected for One Dance Uks mentoring program for 2015 and is one of the 20 artists receiving this recognition and honor. She has received the Delhi State Sahitya Kala Parishad Scholarship for Dance, Shringarmani title, ’A grade artiste’ of National television , ‘established artist ‘ empaneled by ICCR and EXTEND scholarship sponsored by Arts Council England, Asian Woman of Achievement Award UK in arts category, Tagore commission (Runners Up) awarded by Pulse and Tagore Center London 2014, UTKARSH Award Commission 2014 – for choreography in classical dance by Akademi and Arts Council England. She received the FICCI FLO award in April 2015 for her contribution to art and culture and is also nominated for the Mayors award UK..

Arunima has performed the world over at prestigious festivals and venues covering over 35 countries and has given over 700 performances and workshops.

She has choreographed and performed for all major UK events and venues including PM Modi visit at Wembley stadium where she presented her choreography before 70,000 people and world media, British Royal Armed forces performance , Alchemy festival 2015, Trafalgar Square Mayor of London Diwali 2014, New Scotland Yard , London , Royal Opera House London, Westminster Houses of Parliament, Olympic torch parade 2012, Daredevas at South Bank Center , London Film Festival, United Nations International Yoga day at Southbank centre for Ministry of India ,Big Dance , Intransit festival , Sampad Festival Birmingham, Kala Sangam Bradford , Kadam festival Hat Factory, Roshni charity, Sir Syed Foundation UK, Dublin Film Festival, Waterman’s Theatre, Rich Mix theatre London, Milapfest at Liverpool, Faversham Guinness world record attempt, Charity performance for British Army. She was recently invited to create a special piece at House of Lords and was commissioned by Department of Culture Media and Sport to create and perform at the WW1 centenary celebrations at the Imperial War Museum Manchester.

She has also performed at mainstream international dance venues like Sydney Opera House, Cupertino USA Guinness world record , Khajuraho Dance Festival india, Rio de Janeiro festival of arts , Brazil Canberra Festival, Thailand cultural festival , Manila Festival , Commonwealth games Delhi etc.

Having a multi faceted experience across academics (London School of Economics Msc in Finance alumnus, ST Stephens college BA HONS ECONOMICS) , dance (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AKDC ), corporate work (HR Director Europe for a leading corporate, Banking and consulting), sports (Gold medalist Pistol Shooting) and community work (founder ARTH Foundation and PROJECT KANYA ) , she is  inspirational , dedicated  and selfless , a rare breed of artists who integrate diverse strengths, sensitivity and creativity to add a fresh relevant dimension to South Asian dance .

Arunima is the founder of 2 charities PROJECT KANYA (for development of women) and ARTH FOUNDATION – supporting arts with a purpose. She works with women in prison and old age homes and has rehabilitated several inmates and created sensitive thought provoking productions in dance on women issues.

Arunima has created unique Health specific work out programs leveraging dance like TAKITA , high intensity dance workout and SAMuM, a dance session for pregnant women with several health benefits..

Arunima’s performances reveal a confident and intellectual dancer with individuality. She is an innovator and has collaborated with many international artistes to push the boundaries of South Asian dance.Enthralling Abhinaya (art of expression), confident communication with her audiences and contemporary interpretations of traditional compositions mark her successful performances. Her energetic dance-renditions combine perfect technique, rhythmicprecision, riveting facial expressions and enormous grace.

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