Tonight at Open Dave Okumu with Shingai Shoniwa 8pm

This Festival premiere brings together Shingai Shoniwa from The Noisettes with twice Mercury nominated producer Dave Okumu and his band The Invisible.

Shingai and Dave have been commissioned by Serious to write a piece titled Stars Align that draws on the pair’s African heritage and features a 20-strong East London choir.

Norfolk & Norwich festival will premiere this very special collaboration, along with other music written by Shoniwa and Okumu, exclusive new tracks from The Invisible’s third album (due on Ninja Tune later this year), and drastic reworkings of Noisettes classics like Don’t Upset The Rhythm and Never Forget You.

Following on from producing Jessie Ware’s Mercury NominatedDevotion album, Dave Okumu has been working with Grace Jones, Anna Calvi, Paloma Faith and Kwabs. 

Performance finishes: c. 11pm

“Shingai Shoniwa is a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit, with a voice that is equal parts Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday” Rolling Stone

15+ accompanied by an adult

Stars Align is commissioned by Serious as part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial.

Visit Outline’s website here for an interview with Dave Okumu

Mahogany Opera Group come to Norwich Playhouse in May

Music by HK Gruber, libretto by Rudolf Herfurtner, English translation by Amanda Holden. A co-production with Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival.

Gloria is a lonely pig looking for love. She falls for the butcher and is about to get the chop when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue. Amidst the yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtaletakes a zany sideswipe at right-wing politics.
Performed by five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes varied musical styles – jazz, blues, Bavarian umpah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets the darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.

Gloria – A Pigtale is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Boltini Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Click on link below for more details of their tour