Meet the Artist: Camille Maalawy, mezzo-soprano

Originally posted at Meet the Artist:

Template 258x173.jpgWho or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

As a child I was always singing, and took part in music festivals and amateur dramatics. In my teens, I started to pursue singing more seriously, but had thought I would read English at university. It was whilst studying for GCSE Music that my teacher said that I should really think about doing a degree in Music. Until then I hadn’t really even considered it as a possibility.

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

I am absolutely indebted to all of my teachers, all of whom have invested a huge amount in Continue reading

Complex tragedies of honour crime and family violence: Ruthless Jabiru at Grimeborn Festival

Originally posted at Planet Hugill:

Template 258x173Launched in 2011, Ruthless Jabiru is a London-based chamber orchestra, artistic director Kelly Lovelady, dedicated to new music and humanitarian stories, with its personnel entirely made up of professional Australian musicians based in the UK. The ensemble will be making its Grimeborn Festival debut with its first fully-staged production Silk Moth which runs from 9 to 11 August 2019. Silk Moth will examine the complex tragedies of honour crime, family violence and female (dis)empowerment in Britain and beyond, using the music of three UK-based women composers, Bushra El-Turk, Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller, in a production directed by Heather Fairbairn.

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BBC Radio London: Inspirit with Jumoké Fashola

Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola

A chaplaincy service says it’s becoming an increasingly worrying time for workers on big ships and how important is it to teach LGBT lessons at primary school? [in which Ruthless Jabiru Artistic Director Kelly Lovelady and Silk Moth librettist Eleanor Knight discuss Ruthless Jabiru’s forthcoming production Silk Moth for Grimeborn Festival (2:49:00)]

Kelly Lovelady: On Staging Bushra El-Turk’s Silk Moth this August for Grimeborn

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Template 258x173.jpgRuthless Jabiru presents Bushra El-Turk’s hard-hitting opera Silk Moth alongside works by Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller at the Arcola Theatre in London’s East End, August 9-11. Composers Edition’s Dan Goren caught up with the pioneering musical director Kelly Lovelady to find out more.

Dan Goren: Tell me how you’ve come to be producing this first fully-staged production of Silk Moth and what drew you to it.

Kelly Lovelady: I had been wanting to programme something of Bushra’s for years so when I had the chance to dream up some new programme ideas I went through her works list with a fine comb. The instrumentation of Silk Moth for a single vocalist and mixed Continue reading

Diverse cast unite in Bushra El-Turk’s Silk Moth

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Ruthless Jabiru welcomes lauded British-Egyptian mezzo Camille Maalawy to perform the principal role of Mother in the orchestra’s forthcoming production Silk Moth for Grimeborn Festival 2019.

Maalawy has won critical acclaim for her passion and expressiveness across Arabic and Sephardic song in addition to continuing success on the opera and concert stage. Her Continue reading

Silk Moth and honour

Originally posted at eleanorknight2016 :

Template 258x173 copy.jpg“What would you say to your dead wife or daughter if she were still here?”

“I would say that I acted out of love, and I know that she would understand.”

This  exchange appears in Witold Szablowski’s collection of reportage from Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City and simply and devastatingly illustrates the complexity of ‘honour’.

Honour, as I understand it as I sit here tapping away in East Sussex, is about acting with ethical integrity, with an awareness of a higher purpose, of doing the best one can as a human being.

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Lecturer’s libretto returns to the stage

Originally posted at University of Brighton :

Template 258x173.jpgAn opera featuring a libretto written by a University of Brighton lecturer is to be performed in London in August

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Eleanor Knight, who teaches on the Creative Writing MA, wrote the libretto for the short opera Silk Moth which premiered at the Nour Festival of Arts in London in 2015.

Ruthless Jabiru’s Silk Moth runs at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney from 09-11 August. Part of the theatre’s Grimeborn season, the production weaves together Arabic and Western music traditions and explores honour crime, family violence and female (dis)empowerment in Britain and beyond.
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Ruthless Jabiru to make Grimeborn Festival debut with all-female programme of music

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© Hannah Quinlivan, Immobilised (drawing performance with movement). L-R: Louise Keast, Shikara Ringdahl. Photographer: Alex Hobba. Used with permission. Image note: image must be accompanied with artist’s credit

London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will deliver Silk Moth, its first fully-staged production for fringe opera stalwart Grimeborn Festival at London’s Arcola Theatre over a five performance season from 09-11 August 2019.

A story of vulnerability and complicity told through the music of Bushra El-Turk, Liza Lim and Cassandra Miller, Ruthless Jabiru’s Silk Moth will examine the complex tragedies of Continue reading

Arcola announces 2019 Grimeborn Opera Festival

Originally posted at Arcola Theatre :

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Arcola Theatre has announced the 16 productions that make up the 2019 Grimeborn Opera Festival.

The festival, which is returning for its thirteenth successive year, features bold new versions of classic operas, rarely-seen and long-forgotten works, and brand new pieces from some of the most exciting up-and-coming opera artists. £12 tickets are available for every single show in the season.

Following their smash-hit The Rape of Lucretia (Winner of the 2019 Off West End Award for Best Opera Production), Julia Burbach and Peter Selwyn reunite for a thrilling new take on Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Arcola produces the first London performances of Continue reading

Ruthless Jabiru, King’s College London / Arditti Quartet, Wigmore Hall review – delicate, dedicated modernism

Originally posted at The Arts Desk :

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Compelling refugee-themed concert from Australian ensemble and radical new sounds from avant-garde veterans

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Ruthless Jabiru is an all-Australian chamber orchestra based in London. It is the brainchild of conductor Kelly Lovelady, who in recent years has geared the ensemble towards political and environmental concerns. Previous projects have highlighted environmental damage in central Australia and the campaign to end sponsorship by oil companies in the arts sector. For Saturday’s concert, Lovelady and her colleagues turned their attentions to the humanitarian crisis of refugees setting out for Australia by sea.
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