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Featuring Rosie Doonan - Vocals (Peter Gabriel, Birdy)

Ali Friend - Bass (Red Snapper, Beth Orton)

John Metcalfe - Guitar, Viola (Durutti Column)

Richard Spaven - Drums (Flying Lotus, Cinematic Orchestra)

Producer and arranger to the likes of U2, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel and Blur, New Zealander John Metcalfe is one of the most sought after musicians in the business and has long been at the vanguard of genre-defying music, pushing notions of both classical and pop to their extremes. In addition to collaborations with a huge range of artists from Morrissey to George Michael and his work in radio/tv he tours and records as violist with the renown classical Duke String Quartet. He was a member of cult band Durutti Column and alongside Tony Wilson launched the pioneering Factory Classical on Manchester’s legendary Factory label. He also performs and records with the Max Richter Ensemble.

Metcalfe’s solo albums beautifully unite the disparate strands of his kaleidoscopic musical world. Within the albums are powerful rhythmic strings evoking the world of systems music, moments of transcendent solo piano, shimmering electronics and guitar, elements of drum and bass, modern trip hop and of chamber music.

For his live shows Metcalfe has assembled an incredible line up of musicians from the worlds of post-classical, electronica and folk: the crisp, jazz-influenced beats from master drummer Richard Spaven (Cinematic Orchestra, Flying Lotus), deeply felt groove from Red Snapper's bassist Ali Friend and the exquisite voice of Rosie Doonan.

Metcalfe’s latest studio album ‘Absence’ is out now on Berlin’s Neue Meister label.


Together with Hugh Burns and David Buckingham on guitar, Sam Rose on double bass and Cosimo Keita on percussion, singer-songwriter and violinist ASTA BRIA presents pieces form her recent albums „Virus“ and „Devine Investigation“.

“ of the UK's best, most consistently brilliant artists”. Drowned In Sound

"Very beautiful" - Lauren Laverne Headphone moment

“Effervescent, divinely beautiful” Clash

“Staggeringly beautiful" Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6Music
Recommended ages 14+
Thursday 7th  February 2019 and Friday 8th February 2019 
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £11

Concession £5.50


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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