The Meridianum Ensemble formed in 2018 and is a trans-cultural musical collaboration, bringing together musicians from Portugal, the UK and Morocco. The six musicians bring their individual styles to the mix – Arabic oud from Morocco, Middle-Eastern percussion, original compositions for the Persian santur & Swedish nyckelharpa, dance music from Europe with hurdy-gurdy, cittern & tamboura, all inspired by traditional tunes ranging from the Eastern Mediterranean to Portugal and beyond. The result is a glorious infusion that will entrance audiences everywhere.
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LOUIS BINGHAM & GRISELDA SANDERSON
Louis & Griselda’s intricate and crafted performances are a festival of exotic strings. The virtuosic mother & son duo entertains on a selection of fine-sounding instruments playing original compositions, songs and material rooted in traditions from Ireland and Sweden to the Balkans and the Mediterranean. Honed over years of midwinter sessions around the hearth, busking or whiling away the hours in festival fields, the duo exemplifies the benefits of spontaneous music-making – genuine home-entertainment breaking free.
THE RADIAL BAND is a group of traditional musicians from diverse backgrounds for whom music has no borders. Inspired by the nyckelharpa (an extraordinary bowed, keyed fiddle of Swedish origin) the group plays a spectrum of ancient and original music that roams across Europe from Scandinavia to the Iberian peninsula. Drawing on influences from their own traditions, Radial presents dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an ‘earthy, ethereal ambience’.
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Griselda Sanderson’s ‘exquisite and exceptionally expressive’ nyckelharpa playing is and the ‘Crisp and propulsive’ accompaniment from accomplished multi-instrumentalist Louis Bingham (cittern, tambura and guitar) is layered with dynamic percussion from Ricardo de Noronha.
Griselda worked during the summer season of 2015 at Shakepeare’s Globe performing music of renaissance Scandinavia on the hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa in Blanche McIntyre’s production of As You Like It. In 2013 she toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company playing fiddle & nyckelharpa in Lucy Bailey’s production of The Winters Tale.
SPOKEN WORD COLLABORATION
From 2015 Griselda collaborated with the poet Alice Osawld on the performance piece ‘Tithonus: 46 minutes in the life of the Dawn’, which was performed live at Dartington International Summer School, at the Southbank Centre, London and on BBC Radio 3.
OTHER MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS
In 2014 Griselda toured with musicians from West and North Africa, namely The Amadou Diagne Band and Moroccan gnawa master Simo Lagnawi’s Gnawa Blues All-Stars. Prior to that she worked with the group Julaba Kunda alongside Gambian vocalist & riti player Juldeh Camara (more recently of Robert Plant’s Sensational Spaceshifters).