ORCHESTRAL PREVIEW FBYO
The Festival of British Youth Orchestras moves into its eighteenth year on the Edinburgh Fringe, and celebrates its tenth anniversary in Glasgow. With almost 2500 young musicians participating, it is a massive celebration, but Its director, Carol Main, continues to be impressed by the diverSIty of music:
'What still amazes me is how little repetition there is In the programmes.
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We do not lay down any gUIdelines, and it would be impossible for us to do so, given the way youth orchestras must work. We do encourage the inclusion of contemporary music, but in all honesty, I have found It does not requue much encouragement — that interest is already there.’
The most heartening result of this laissez-faire approach is that while the festival is not box—office led, the more adventurous policy -- which combines mainstream orchestral giants With composers who are scarcely even
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FUSION PREVIEW Joburg Streets
Modern dance music meets ancient African tribal rhythms In Joburg Streets, a production which presents
the clubbing experience in a new light.
The show, which has taken five years to create, sees four muSICIans from South Africa and three British artists reinventing dance music through an experimental mix of pre-recorded electronic music and live percussion. 'lt’s all the world meeting at once in
terms of club music,' explains Risenga,
one of the three British-based artists. 'Only here, the Ecstasy is happening naturally. We are fusing African mUSlt. With techno and drum 'n' bass to Create a totally new sound. Both techno and drum ’n‘ bass are made In England but then rhythm is very African. The bass is very African. Black people like the rhythm and they like the big bass, they can dance to that. The middle bit is Western, once you
start adding all the other bits, that's when white people can get into it.’ (Jim Byers) '
I Joburg Streets (Fringe) Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2842, until 30 Aug, 77.30pm, USO/[8.50 (£6.50/f7. 50).
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