A special concert of sacred and traditional South American Music
with
‘Viento Sur’ (South Wind) Ensemble
Thursday 27th May 2021
St. Andrews Hall, Norwich NR3 1AU
Concert starts 7.00pm ends 9.00pm (doors open from 6.30pm)
Ticket prices from £15.00 per ‘bubble’*
(all prices are inclusive of online booking fees and processing)

COVID-19 Information

In cooperation with St. Andrews Hall management, this concert will restrict numbers attending and will have socially distanced seating in place to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. We ask that all attendees wear a mask for this event, unless exempt.

*Seating options:

Seats are arranged in groups or bubbles of 2, 3, or 4 persons seated together. Please help us by buying your tickets within these group seating options. Minimum ticket purchase options are for two seated together, no single tickets will be on sale.

Prices:

2 person block £15.00
3 person block £22.50
4 person block £30.00

You can select your seat preferences from the seating plan found on the Skiddle booking page. Available seating positions are sold on a first come first serve basis. Click on the Skiddle Buy Now panel to take you to the ticket page.


We cannot unfortunately offer concessions for this particular concert due to the limited numbers that can attend. Children and younger audience members occupying a seat will need to purchase a standard ticket within the seating options available above.

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About the concert


“VIENTO SUR” (South Wind) Ensemble

‘Viento Sur’ Ensemble was formed back in 2008 by Camilo Menjura with the mission of sharing traditional Latin American music, both old and new, to audiences across the UK and internationally. Over the years, the group has had different members contributing to the sound, exploring fresh ways of reinterpreting and creating new approaches to the music coming from South and Latin America.

‘VIENTO SUR’ ENSEMBLE LINE-UP

LUZMIRA ZERPA - Vocals, Cuatro & Maracas

Luzmira Zerpa is a prolific Venezuelan singer/songwriter based in UK who has performed internationally as a solo artist and toured extensively throughout Europe with her band Family Atlantica (Soundway Records). Her music blends traditional, folkloric music from Latin America with world influences, notably Afrobeat, blues and jazz.

She played with Manu Chau in the Sahara Film Festival, and has fronted three times at the Royal Albert Hall hosting some of the biggest Latin American artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Seu Jorge and Buena Vista Social Club. Luzmira has performed in numerous in London such as: Barbican, Round House, Koko, King Place, Royal Academy of Music, Jazz Café, & Bolivar Hall. She has also performed at many festivals like Glastonbury, Womad and the World Music Festival in Udaipur, India. Her band Family Atlántica was awarded best upcoming band by Songlines Magazine in 2015.

PHAXSI COCA - Andean Wind Instruments

Phaxsi Coca is a Bolivian flute player specialised in a whole range of traditional Andean wind instruments. Back home in “La Paz” she collaborated with local projects such as Bolivian Jazz and Comunidad Sagrada Coca, and toured with some of them to other Latin American countries and also Japan in several occasions.

Now based in London, she is a co-founder of female band WARMI, and mixes her Andean roots with fusion band Lokandes. She has played at numerous music events and festivals such as the Big Chill, Glastonbury, and the O2 Arena. In 2017 she started playing with newly formed trio ‘SAVIAR’ at the Edinburgh Harp Festival”.

This 3 piece ensemble combines Colombian and Venezuelan rhythms with the sounds of the Bolivian Quenas and Sikus. Phaxsi Coca is Jeanette Rojas stage name. Phaxsi and Coca are two important female elements of the Andean Cosmovision: Phaxsi in the Aymara language means ‘Mother Moon’, and Coca is the sacred coca leaf, a traditional holy symbol of the integration of nature and people in the South-American Andes area since many millennia.

RACHEL HAYTER - Flutes, Vocals & Percussion

Rachel Hayter is a flautist, composer and music educator based in London. She specialises in Brazilian music and performs with award-winning choro quintet Alvorada. She has performed in numerous festivals and venues including Kings Place, the Barbican, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival, the Vortex, Zedel, Shambala and Paris International Choro Festival. She frequently performs in the UK and internationally in the genres of Brazilian, Latin, folk and jazz.

DIEGO LAVERDE - Harp

Diego Laverde Rojas, is a Colombian harpist based in London. His repertoire is based mainly on the "llanera music", which runs in a beautiful area between Colombia and Venezuela, commonly called, the Colombo-Venezuelan plains. Before settling in England, he participated in several musical projects as a harpist, music director of the "llanero ensemble” of the Central University in Bogotá.

In Europe, he has worked as a soloist, as well as with several groups and collaborators exploring varied styles with his unique playing style. He is the Co-Director of the band Ensamble Criollo, a band that explores the traditional music of the plains between Colombia and Venezuela. He has been invited as a teacher at various harp festivals in Europe such as: Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Sueddeutsches Harfentreffen, Stamford Harp Festival, amongst others.

NICKOLAI RODRIGUEZ - Percussion

Nickolai Rodriguez, is a Colombian a drummer and percussionist based in the UK since 2000. He was born in a small town near Bogotá, in a family filled with traditional music and dance due to his mother extensive career as a professional dancer and choreographer. This upbringing shaped his musical roots from an early age and since then, he has played with many top class musicians building a long musical trajectory based in the musical culture and traditions of most Latin American countries.

He has played in several festivals with different ensembles, such as Womad and Latitude festival amongst many others. Currently he is the percussionist of a 3 piece Latin Band band in based in London ‘Los Músicos’ and work as session percussionist for various bands.

CAMILO MENJURA - Musical Director, Guitar & Voice

Colombian guitarist, singer and choir leader based in London since 2006. He has won several ‘LUKAS’ awards (Latin UK Awards) for his work in sharing Latin American music culture in the UK. As a guitarist, he has played with several bands visiting stages in festivals across Britain as well as Europe, and Central & South America. His guitar, charango and quena flute playing has been featured in films, TV series and documentaries in the UK and Latin America. He is involved in several educational projects as a singing facilitator.

His work as a performer and composer has been also featured in theatre as well as music projects. In 2018 he launched a solo project called “Loop Explorations” where he creates soundscapes with a cappella structures based on Afro-Latin rhythms. Currently he works as a session musician, producer and is the leader of the ‘SOAS University World Music Choir’ and the ‘Landscapes Of Latin-America’ Choir (Lolchoir) in Central London.

ABOUT CONNECTING CULTURES

The Connecting Cultures programme delivers a series of learning, performance and broadcast activity exploring the sacred music, rhythms and voices of different faith communities and cultures that have settled in our region.

This concert has been made possible with funding support from Arts Council England. It concludes the first steps towards presenting a larger annual World Sacred Music Festival event for Norwich which will also be funded by Arts Council England among others. Future concerts will include African, Middle Eastern, Asian and East European artists who will perform across the City.

Members of Viento Sur Ensemble have been working in Norwich on a schools outreach project with pupils from Lionwood Junior School as part of this programme. Pupils from the school will be joining the group for two songs and will be displaying their project work at the venue.

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