Event review: Croydon Composers’ showcase at the Scream Lounge, Friday 27th October


By - Friday 10th November, 2017

Croydon’s musical creatives take to the stage at the Scream Lounge


Photo by Vipul Sangoi, used with permission.

Croydon Composers is a pioneering music project intended to encourage cross-genre musical collaborations. Launched in September 2017 and delivered by Drum The Bass with support from Croydon Council, it selected ten participants then paired them together to work collaboratively. The works they are creating are being recorded, and were performed at Croydon International Mela in Wandle Park on Saturday 30th September.  As part of the programme, participants have produced by award-winning composer, producer and musician Shri Sriram while music business consultant Michael Fuller has mentored them, offering advice on music industry structure and royalties. Two live showcases of the results are also being put on, one of which took place at the Scream Lounge on Friday 27th October.

I was invited to attend, and wow, I was so glad I did. The excellent performances by all five pairs of collaborators were amazing and it was great to see artists from different cultures, backgrounds, ages and genres coming together to perform their compositions in this intimate venue.  The first collaboration kicked off with Katie Rose on vocals and keyboard alongside Dan Buskell on drums and percussion. They performed ‘In the Jungle’, an upbeat song in which Katie encouraged audience participation, making for a fun and rhythmic start to the evening; things were looking good.

A heartwarming message of the importance of unity

Next on were Raveena Rajeevan and Dave Koor performing ‘Petals’. Raveena’s classical Indian vocal tones were set against ambient keyboard melody played by Dave Koor: amazing. To follow, Saleel Tambe performed ‘Pulse’, which consisted of complex rhythm patterns with his fingers on Indian drums called tabla to a drum and bass backing track composed by Shri Sriram. It was another real treat.

Photo by Katie Rose, used with permission.

Amen Noir, spoken word artist, and Tansay Omar, drummer and percussionist, then took to the stage to perform the thought-provoking and dynamic piece ‘Listen’: intensely cool. The final performance. ‘Common Ground’, was superbly delivered by blues and jazz singer Gill Manly and hip hop rapper Unorthodox Kings, offering a heartwarming message of the importance of unity.

As I prepared to leave, I was presented with a CD of the songs, which left me with a smile as I was looking forward to hearing all the performances again. Result. All the artists can be proud that they came together to put on a unique, professional and socially relevant event. I hope they continue with their groundbreaking work as it promotes musical diversity and taps into the pool of talented people Croydon has.

 

Jayesh Vidukul

Jayesh Vidukul

Jayesh Vadukul has been a Croydon resident for approximately 18 years. He enjoys going to gigs and taking part in community events in Croydon and beyond.

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