Upclose: Manchester Camerata at HOME / Aziz Ibrahim: Lahore to Longsight

There will be a pre-concert talk with Aziz and friends at 6:30pm.

Longsight Anson Estate artist Aziz Ibrahim is a master collaborator, working with diverse artists/projects such as The Stone Roses, Overload (Pakistan), Paul Weller, Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and Project 70 Asian Blues (Arts Council England)— there is a reason why he is so highly valued by the music elite. For an artist synonymous with musical melding and the Asian Blues aesthetic, it is little wonder that he is such a good fit for ‘probably Britain’s most adventurous Orchestra’ (The Times). This night offers a radical orchestral interpretation of original compositions and the unreleased album Lahore to Longsight, that charts the journey of Aziz’s father from a divided India to Pakistan to Manchester and the path to self-identity and acceptance, for a son torn between vastly different cultures. Special guest Dalbir Singh Rattan (tabla).

To accompany some pivotal songs in the concert, archive film material from 1960s Lahore and Longsight will be provide a backdrop to the musicians’ performance. With thanks to Film Hub NWC and North West Film Archive for allowing us the use of these special films.

“A stunning and triumphant evening… Pure magic… Hopefully the concert is not just an ambitious one off.” – Louder Than War

“The last tune brought the absolutely sterling performance to a fever pitch, leading to minutes of standing ovation from the impressed Mancunian crowd.” – The Manchester Review

Concert Sponsor: Clearwater International

This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network.

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