City of Soul
Jessy James LaFleur and Band
Jessy James LaFleur is a travelling poet and HipHop artist, who has been wandering the million paths of this earth like a nomad for almost 14 years, always on the quest for new adventures to write about. She speaks 6 languages and uses 3 of them to interpret the colourful thoughts and ideas that run through her mind: sometimes mellow and literary, at times loud and anarchistic.
Jessy James LaFleur
Jessy James LaFleur, a nomad with conviction, a Spoken Word artist and rapper who’s taken a million and one paths around the world over the last 14 years. Aachen born, Belgium raised, she has brought her music and poetry to more than 15 countries in 3 different languages (German, French, and English) on the stage.
Dubbing herself a ‘Street Poet’, she travels with ‘Victor’ – her suitcase – from one city to another spreading the spoken word!
She’s connected to a vibrant network of Spoken Word and Hip Hop collectives located in Liege/Charleroi (Belgium), Warsaw (Poland), Estonia, Austria, and Paris, all who believe in changing the world through the power of spoken word.
To Jessy James LaFleur, the Spoken Word and Hip Hop culture is an engagement meant to
empower people through music and literature. She will explore this concept further with her upcoming book project “Angeprangert! – Words behind bars”, which includes poems and prose from inmates in High Security Prisons and “Confessions of a paper plane”, which is her first One-Woman-Theater-Piece based on her nomad
life and the love for her never ending spoken-word-mission.
Her home base is Berlin, where she is a founder and organiser of the biggest Poetry Tour in Berlin called the ‘Kiezpoeten subkul_Tour’ which includes 3 of her 7 Poetry Slams in Germany. With these Slam Events, she also hosts poetry workshops and Spoken Word events in German prisons, schools, and youth centres around the world.
**Her poems and short stories have been published in several books and magazines all over the world.
**She is Co-organizer of the Berlin / Brandenburg Championship in Poetry Slam and the Lower Saxony / Bremen U20s Poetry Slam Championship in Poetry Slam, wich will take place in Celle in 2017.
**Jessy James LaFleur is also the Founder of the project ‘PRISON SLAM’, which establishes Poetry Slam workshops and Spoken Word events in German high security prisons where she teaches creative writing and stage performance…and of course: positive vibes
**In 2016 she founded her nationwide youth project “Angeprangert!U20”, a Spoken Word workshop concept for young poets below the age of 20.
She has performed (among other places) at
– Several literature festivals all over the globe
– Several embassies all over the globe
– Theatre Hannover
– Apollo Theater Siegen
– Opera House Hannover
– State Museum Hannover
– Wilhelm Busch Museum Hannover
– August Kestner Museum Hannover
– State Museum Braunschweig
– Castle Celle
– Schouwbourg Theater Leuven (B)
– Atéliers Albatros Paris(FR)
– Book Fair ‘BUCH’ Wien (Ö)
– TarSlämm (EST)
– Prakriti Lit Festival (Indien)
– Belgium Championship Poetry Slam
– Lower Saxony/Bremen Championship Poetry Slam”
– Berlin Championship Poetry Slam
– Audimax events in different universities
– Bebelplatz Berlin for Gregor Gysi and the Left Wing party
– TEDx Linz
William Chapman — ‘Words cut deeper than knives. A knife can be pulled out, words are embedded into our souls.’
Romantic Fantasy – A Piano Duo
Nattalia K Kapylova and Liudmila Alizarchyk (in The Grand Ballroom)
Nattalia Kapylova has been hailed as a concert pianist of exceptional, brilliant and dazzling ability. Her career is unique in spanning a huge range of musical settings. Breathtaking displays of classical and jazz masterpieces are stirred with love and passion. Exploration of different genres of music, old and new, is her forte.
Nattalia K Kapylova and Liudmila Alizarchyk
Romantic Fantasy – A Piano Duo
Piano Duo from Belarus:
Nattalia K Kapylova and Liudmila Alizarchyk
Performing a selection of styles from the Romantic to the 20th century and tangos from Argentina.
Nattalia and Liudmila first met 25 years ago at Belarus College of Music, where they studied together. Since then each of them have been living and working in different parts of the world, exploring different genres in music- from Western Classical to jazz, to Korean to Indian Fusion and back to Classical.
Nattalia lives in India for past 15 years where she teaches and gives concerts as soloist and in collaboration with various musicians . Liudmila is a Music Professor at Christ University, Bangalore and previously she worked in South Korea as pianist and music arranger .
Nattalia has been hailed as a concert pianist of exceptional, brilliant and dazzling ability. Her career is unique in spanning a huge range of musical settings. Breathtaking displays of classical and jazz masterpieces are stirred with love and passion. Exploration of different genres of music, old and new, is her forte.
She commenced her piano training at the age of seven and was under the tutelage of Prof. Yushkevitch at the Belarus State Conservatory where she obtained a highest degree in Classical Piano Performance, Artist of Chamber Ensemble and Concertmaster Diploma. Nattallia has worked as a Concertmaster at the Belarus Academy of Music and as a piano teacher at the Belarus College of Arts. She contributes generously of her time and talent to these institutes and the Concert Brigade of Belarus Society of Blind.
Ever since she moved to India in 2002 , she has been working with select group of students to prepare them for the various programs, competitions and music examinations such as ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and LCM , to name a few.
Her students have featured at the various concerts across India, they have also won the top prizes at several all-India piano competitions.
Born in Belarus, Nattallia lives in Bangalore, where she gives performances as a soloist besides collaborating with other musicians.
Today, Nattallia is much sought after as a piano virtuoso, accompanist and educator.
Liudmila began her music studies at the age of 7, and completed her Higher Education at the Belarus Academy of Music. She has 20 years of experience as teacher, performer and arranger. As a composer and arranger she worked with international artists such as Windstream Brass Quintet (Seoul, South Korea), Bellissimo – Piano and Violin Duo (Belarus/South Korea), Nadia Kozachek (Soprano, Russia) and A.Arzhanovich (Double Bass, Holland) to name a few.
Liudmila played in Suwon Youth Orchestra, Sonor Orchestra and Gimpo Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, where she worked for few years. She is well organised, creative and goal-oriented musician. Currently Liudmila works at Christ University, Bangalore, as a Music Professor.
Sarod Maestros in Concert
Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash accompanied by Vijay Ghate
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the 7th generation of a musical lineage, as sons and disciples of the sarod icon, Amjad Ali Khan. With him they have performed across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, and WOMAD festivals on many continents. They have also collaborated with guitarist Derek Trucks, of the Allman Brothers Band, among others, and established themselves as a duo, carrying forward their musical legacy in sync with both tradition and contemporary times.
Amaan & Ayaan Ali Bangash
Cultural and musical traditions give life and purpose to the work they bring to the stage. By asking audiences to listen from the heart, sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash break through the troublesome polarities of continuity and change, tradition and innovation. In their sound we encounter technical assuredness bolstered by elegant lyricism and joy-filled dynamism. It is music forged from a unique artistic vision that rests upon a legacy seven generations deep and includes their revered father and grandfather, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan.
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the 7th generation of a musical lineage, as sons and disciples of the sarod icon, Amjad Ali Khan. With him they have performed across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, and WOMAD festivals on many continents. They have also collaborated with guitarist Derek Trucks, of the Allman Brothers Band, Chicago Philharmonic orchestra, Avignon symphony orchestra among others, and established themselves as a duo, carrying forward their musical legacy in sync with both tradition and contemporary times. They performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2014 in Oslo and recently won the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards in LA for their new album Peace Worshippers.