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Sutari + Dead Rat Orchestra

Sunday, 15th July, 2018 at 4:00 pm

SUTARI are Kasia Kapela, Basia Songin and Zosia Zembrzuska. These three young singers, instrumentalists and performers, each from different musical and theatrical backgrounds, come together to continue the tradition of home-made folk music. They play violins, basetla and drum as well as exploring the musical potential of everyday objects such as a hand mixer, grater, bottles and a wrench: kitchen avant-garde! Their compositions are based on Polish and Lithuanian folk songs; and they are particularly inspired by the sound and character of Lithuanian Sutartines, sung only by women in perfect harmony. An affecting and elegant fusion of traditional folk, theatrical flair and contemporary mood music.

“This trio bring poetry, theatre and musicality together into one compelling and original package. They sing with such ease, sliding in and out of each others voices creating an intimacy and playfulness that belies the skill involved. Intoxicating and hypnotic. Just brilliant.” – Lopa Kothari (BBC Radio 3)

Give their music a spin here on Bandcamp

Formed by Daniel Merrill, Nathaniel Mann and Robin Alderton; DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA are adventurers adrift in a sea of sound and possibility, plucking textures and melodies to craft their idiosyncratic vision of what music and performance can be. Instruments are constantly swapped. Most often they have steered their ship through the idioms of Folk and Improv, to shout, sing and glisten at audiences from the UK to Mainland Europe, Scandinavia to Canada. Acutely haunting, occasionally brutal and raucously joyous their music always attempts to enchant and entrance, be it emotionally or physically. They have toured and performed internationally with the likes of Martin Carthy, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Pere Ubu, Silver Mount Zion, Eric Chenaux, Silver Apples and Baby Dee. Aside from their own unique performances, they have composed works for performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Ukranian Conservertoire, and collaborated with The Pitt Rivers Museum.

“Moving and visionary.” – Folk Radio UK

Here’s more about this exciting double-bill UK tour


Sunday, 15th July, 2018
4:00 pm


The Polish Centre
Newton Hill Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7 4JE United Kingdom
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0113 318 3397

Advance ticket price may be subject to booking fee.

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