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Delivering on their commitment to support eclectic emerging talent in the region, Sage Gateshead’s Artists In Residence programme has seen four musicians working to produce some radically diverse projects over the last 10 months, and the culmination of their hard work will be on display over a weekend of in-person and livestreamed shows on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June.

Kenyan-born multi-instrumentalist Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno’s work is inspired by traditional East African melodies and his remarkable voice is backed by the Nyatiti, an eight-stringed lyre. On Saturday 19th he’ll perform alongside Frankie Archer (fiddle) and John Pope (double bass) to present work from his new album KWEChE (taboos) which explores the place and role of taboo and how it feels to live away from home comforts, with live visuals designed by Opiyo Okach which react to the music. Also on the Saturday, traditional musician Holly Clarke explores ballad songs and finds unusual ways to perform unique stories.

On Sunday 20th, inventive musician Joe Snape brings his extraordinary creations of music, light, text and video, often performed on homemade electronic instruments. He’ll present brand new work Action Vibration Volume 1 with 12-piece ensemble Northumberland Radical Fun Group, a contemporary big band put together by Snape and Sage Gateshead to perform ambitious, large-scale works of music with adventurous approaches to genre and form. Also on Sunday, much-loved electro folk experimenter Me Lost Me will showcase some brand new songs written during her residency, accompanied by Faye MacCalman (clarinet) and John Pope (bass), and also featuring live visuals developed alongside her music, continuing her preoccupation with themes around nature combining collaged video footage and 3D modelling.

Ticket bundles are available for one more more shows, and gigs take place both in person in Hall One or via livestream.

Sage Gateshead’s Artists in Residence perform at the venue on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June

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