Our collaboration project with Chartwell Dutiro (Mbira) and Denise Rowe (Dance/Mbira) is coming to an end - although it feels like it's just beginning. We have used a series of rehearsal days to devise a programme which we will be using in school's workshops and concerts coming up in the next few weeks. Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University) who brought this project together and is researching the process, has organised a showcase at Bath Spa on Wednesday 22nd April - tickets are free, do come along if you are in the area. We'll be playing a short programme and this will be followed by a Q&A session - http://www.bathspalive.com/events/marenje-ensemble/1429722000/
On May 10th we perform a full length concert at Exeter Phoenix, 8pm. Tickets now available. http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/marenje/
For younger audiences - we will be playing at 4pm on that afternoon as part of our 'Earworms' series of concerts. Ticket for this performance are from Exeter Northcott - 01392 493493. More details on our Earworms blog - http://earwormsexeter.blogspot.co.uk/
The whole process has been a fascinating journey or us - we're realising just how different our musical backgrounds and educations are. Having begun to put some pieces together - both english and African music, as well as working with the composer Daniel Linker on his new composition for us - we're hoping to be able to perform and tour this programme more widely.