2018-2019 PERFORMERS


The Chico Pérez Flamenco Band

Friday, 10th May 2019, 7:30pm

The Auditorium, St John’s College, Oxford


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Chico Pérez is a pianist and composer from Andalusia, Southern Spain. Born into a family of musicians, he quickly developed a passion for music that saw him performing in public from the age of 6. He has complemented his classical training at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Jaén through projects with renowned jazz and flamenco performers such as Jorge Pardo, David Peña Dorantes, and Israel Sandoval.

Since graduating in 2016, he has won various awards, including the 2019 AIEnRUTa-Flamencos prize, and first place in the 2018 COMPOSERS, Creative Music Contest. He is one of the main pianists in the Madrid production of The Lion King and has toured extensively as a solo performer and with several bands, including at the most prestigious flamenco festivals in Spain. In 2018, he was also selected to participate in the Música en Vena Project, bringing music to hospitals across Spain.

Chico Pérez will appear in Oxford playing tunes from his latest album, Gruserías, which sees him weave elements of jazz, blues, and classical music into his Spanish flamenco. Gruserías was recorded at the prestigious Madrid-based Musigrama studio, where flamenco stars such as El Cigala, Niña Pastori, and Paco de Lucía have recorded in the past. He appears alongside Belén Vega (‘cante’ or singing), David Romero (double bass), and Alberto Garrido (percussion), with whom he won the Best Band Award from the Spanish National Radio and Television (RTVE).




Macka.B and The Roots Ragga Band

Friday, 16th November 2018, 7:30pm

The Auditorium, St. John’s College, Oxford


Macka.B is a British-born Jamaican reggae artist with a career spanning over 30 years. Inspired by artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Count Ossie, he has performed alongside Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers, Kool and the Gang, and Lee Perry, and at prominent Jamaican festivals including Reggae Sunsplash and Sting & White River Reggae Bash. He also appeared in front of Nelson Mandela in the National Stadium Kingston, and his 1990 hit ‘Proud of Mandela’ went straight to number one in the Reggae singles chart. Macka.B has appeared on Channel 4 and BBC 2, as well as on French and German television, and his recent albums include Global Messenger (2000), Word, Sound and Power (2004), More Knowledge (2008), Change the World (2012), and Never Played a 45 (2015). More recently, he has become a viral Internet sensation with his ‘Medical Mondays’ and ‘Wha me Eat Wednesdays’ social media posts. He follows the Rastafari faith, which is a central part of his life.

Macka.B’s extensive touring record has previously taken him to Japan, the US, Africa, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Poland. Accompanied by The Roots Ragga Band, he comes to Oxford following his 2018 UK tour.

Tickets: £9 General admissions; £6 Concessions (Students and Senior citizens).

Moushumi Bhowmik

Songs Old and New from Bengal

Wednesday, 17th October 2018, 7:30pm

The Auditorium, St. John’s College, Oxford


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Moushumi Bhowmik, singer, writer and music researcher from Kolkata (Calcutta) will sing and talk about her art of listening and making music. She will be joined by her long-time colleague, British composer and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Weeks. Moushumi sings in Bengali but presents her work in English, with translations of her songs.

This performance will draw on Moushumi Bhowmik’s long-standing research project, The Travelling Archive, which shares with readers and listeners selections from a growing collection of folk music of Bengal, recorded in the field by herself and Sukanta Majumdar from 2003.

This event is in collaboration with the Oxford University Music Faculty as part of their Sounds of South Asia series.