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CLASSICAL / ENSEMBLE SERIES<br />

SIROCCO:<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> <strong>Collective</strong><br />

featuring <strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong> and Chesaba<br />

APRIL 3, <strong>2024</strong>, AT 7:30 PM<br />

CLASSICAL / ENSEMBLE SERIES<br />

SIROCCO:<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> <strong>Collective</strong><br />

featuring <strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong> and Chesaba<br />

APRIL 3, <strong>2024</strong>, AT 7:30 PM<br />

THIS PERFORMANCE IS SUPPORTED BY<br />

CAROLINE AND SIMON DAVIS


MANCHESTER<br />

COLLECTIVE<br />

<strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong>, Cello*<br />

Rakhi Singh, Violin<br />

Simmy Singh, Violin<br />

Christine Anderson, Viola<br />

Alan Keary, Electric Bass*<br />

Sidiki Dembele, Percussion*<br />

Joe Reiser, sound<br />

Declan Kennedy, general<br />

manager and tour manager<br />

SIROCCO:<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> <strong>Collective</strong><br />

featuring <strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong><br />

and Chesaba<br />

*Members of Chesaba<br />

PROGRAM<br />

<strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong><br />

Hans Abrahamsen<br />

<strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong><br />

Luciano Berio<br />

Traditional (Denmark)<br />

arr. Danish String Quartet<br />

Qhawe<br />

Selections from Preludes for String Quartet<br />

Tshepo<br />

Aldo from 24 Duets for Two Violins<br />

Sønderho Bridal Trilogy<br />

INTERMISSION<br />

<strong>Abel</strong> Sealocoe<br />

Joseph Haydn<br />

Traditional (South Africa)<br />

Johannes Rusten<br />

arr. Danish String Quartet<br />

Eriona Rushiti<br />

Traditional (Mali)<br />

Traditional (South Africa)<br />

Kea Mo Rata<br />

String Quartet Op. 76/1 Hob. III: 75, II. Adagio Sostenuto<br />

Ibuyile<br />

O Fredrik, O Fredrik<br />

Vashezo<br />

Takamba<br />

Ka Bohaleng


ABOUT TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE<br />

Sirocco is pure joy and energy—a great storm of<br />

music that celebrates the warmth and diversity<br />

of cultural traditions from across the globe.<br />

Guest directed and narrated by South African<br />

cellist <strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong>, this is music for the people,<br />

by the people. The show covers everything from<br />

outrageous arrangements for solo cello to beloved<br />

classics, from a set of original African music to a<br />

collection of gorgeous Danish folk songs. When<br />

this program toured across the UK and Europe,<br />

critics described it as a “deeply moving” and<br />

“once in a lifetime experience.”<br />

features new commissions by Isobel Waller-<br />

Bridge, Isabella Summers, Fergus McCreadie,<br />

and Katherine Balch.<br />

In 2021, <strong>Manchester</strong> <strong>Collective</strong> made their Royal<br />

Albert Hall debut as part of the BBC Proms<br />

Festival and are currently artists-in-residence at<br />

the Southbank Centre in London. In 2023, they<br />

won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious<br />

Ensemble award.<br />

<strong>Manchester</strong> <strong>Collective</strong> record for the Icelandic<br />

label Bedroom Community. Their third studio<br />

album NEON was released in June 2023.<br />

ABOUT MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE<br />

Known for their imaginative programming, daring<br />

collaborations and engaging performances, the<br />

work of <strong>Manchester</strong> <strong>Collective</strong> has expanded at<br />

breakneck speed since their formation in 2016<br />

by Adam Szabo and Rakhi Singh.<br />

The <strong>Collective</strong>’s vision is to reshape the future of<br />

classical music by creating radical artistic work<br />

from their base in the north of England. The<br />

shape-shifting ensemble performs a combination<br />

of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical<br />

masterpieces and staged work nationally and<br />

internationally, in spaces ranging from concert<br />

halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals.<br />

They collaborate <strong>with</strong> an exciting array of awardwinning<br />

artists, pushing at the boundaries of how<br />

classical music is presented and experienced.<br />

Notable previous projects include Sirocco and<br />

The Oracle <strong>with</strong> South African cellist <strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong>,<br />

Rosewood <strong>with</strong> guitarist Sean Shibe, and a<br />

multimedia performance of Michael Gordon’s<br />

‘Weather’ <strong>with</strong> an installation by sound recordist<br />

Chris Watson.<br />

New music is of vital importance to the <strong>Collective</strong>.<br />

Crossing different musical genres, in recent<br />

years they have commissioned major works by<br />

composers including Edmund Finnis, Emily Hall,<br />

Hannah Peel, Lyra Pramuk, Moor Mother, Laurence<br />

Osborn, and Alice Zawadzki. Their 23/24 season<br />

ABOUT ABEL SELAOCOE, CELLO<br />

South African cellist <strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong> is a rapidly<br />

rising star who is redefining the parameters of<br />

the cello. He moves seamlessly across a plethora<br />

of genres and styles, from collaborations <strong>with</strong><br />

world musicians and beatboxers, to concertos and<br />

solo performances. <strong>Selaocoe</strong> combines virtuosic<br />

performance <strong>with</strong> improvisation, singing and<br />

body percussion, and is devoted to composing<br />

works and curating programmes that highlight the<br />

links between Western and non-Western musical<br />

traditions, broadening the horizons of classical<br />

music to reach a more diverse audience.<br />

In <strong>April</strong> 2022, following his hugely successful<br />

debut, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra<br />

announced <strong>Selaocoe</strong> as Artistic Partner for an<br />

initial three seasons from 2022/23. He was also an<br />

Artist Artist in Association <strong>with</strong> the BBC Singers<br />

and Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank<br />

Centre for the 2022/23 season <strong>with</strong> performances<br />

there throughout the season, including an exclusive<br />

performance of his debut album Where is Home?<br />

(Hae Ke Kae—Warner Classics), which was released<br />

on Friday, September 23, 2022.<br />

<strong>Selaocoe</strong> premiered two new concerti in the<br />

22/23 season; he gave the world premiere of a<br />

new double concerto for kora and cello <strong>with</strong><br />

Seckou Keita and the Ulster Orchestra in March<br />

2023, co-commissioned by Orchestre national de<br />

Bretagne, Ulster Orchestra and Southbank Centre,<br />

and the world premiere of his solo cello concerto


<strong>with</strong> the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in<br />

March 2023, <strong>with</strong> subsequent US premiere <strong>with</strong><br />

Seattle Symphony in <strong>April</strong> 2023.<br />

In 2016, <strong>Selaocoe</strong> formed Chesaba—a trio<br />

specializing in music from the African continent,<br />

including many of his own compositions. He enjoys<br />

close collaborations <strong>with</strong> musicians from a medley<br />

of genres, including Bernhard Schimpelsberger,<br />

Tim Garland, Seckou Keita, Giovanni Sollima, Dudu<br />

Kouaté, Famoudou Don Moye and Gwilym Simcock.<br />

He has a close partnership <strong>with</strong> <strong>Manchester</strong><br />

<strong>Collective</strong>, <strong>with</strong> whom he devised the hugely<br />

successful Sirocco which has been enjoyed both<br />

live and digitally by audiences since 2019 and<br />

The Oracle, which toured the UK in 2022.<br />

<strong>Selaocoe</strong> completed his International Artist<br />

Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music<br />

in July 2018. In May 2021, he was announced as an<br />

inaugural Power Up Music Creator participant in<br />

PRS Foundation’s new initiative to address anti-<br />

Black racism and racial disparities in the music<br />

sector and in July 2021, he received a Paul Hamlyn<br />

Foundation award for his compositional work.<br />

<strong>Abel</strong> <strong>Selaocoe</strong> is an exclusive recording artist<br />

<strong>with</strong> Warner Classics.<br />

APRIL<br />

AT THE<br />

ISABEL<br />

GRYPHON TRIO WITH<br />

JAMES CAMPBELL, CLARINET<br />

MESSIAEN:QUARTET<br />

FOR THE END OF TIME<br />

APR 10 AT 7:30 PM<br />

The Gryphon Trio joins forces <strong>with</strong> celebrated Canadian<br />

clarinetist James Campbell, for a performance of one of<br />

the most important musical works created in the 20th<br />

century, Messiaen’s transcendent Quartet for the End of<br />

Time, <strong>with</strong> additional works by Beethoven and Bernstein.<br />

THIS PERFORMANCE IS SUPPORTED BY<br />

THE SHELAGH AND DAVID WILLIAMS MUSIC PROGRAMMING FUND<br />

THREE TIME GRAMMY-<br />

AWARD NOMINATED<br />

ARC ENSEMBLE<br />

APR 21 AT 2:30 PM<br />

Comprised of faculty from The Royal Conservatory’s<br />

Glenn Gould School, ARC Ensemble is among<br />

Canada’s most distinguished cultural ambassadors.<br />

Performing a wide range of music, its focus remains<br />

the research and recovery of previously unknown<br />

works that were suppressed and marginalized<br />

under the 20th century’s repressive regimes.<br />

THIS PERFORMANCE IS DEDICATED TO THE LATE<br />

DR. ALFRED BADER, COMMEMORATING WHAT WOULD<br />

HAVE BEEN HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

TICKETS: queensu.ca/theisabel • 613-533-2424

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