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Sunday 22nd May 2022

Connection Sessions: Liz Ikamba, The Worm, Safrela

— Strange Brew
Live Performances + Music Making - Liz Ikamba, The Worm, Safrela, Music Workshop & Participatory Jam
price: Headfirst Tickets


Connection Sessions
‘All make music, make change’

Created by women, for everyone.

A chance for music-makers, creatives and humans of all backgrounds to come together to collaborate, exchange and create together. No experience necessary. Come and listen, make music, meet people and play. Sound experiments led by experienced facilitators.

Profits to ‘Children with Cancer’ and 'Bristol Refugee Rights', volunteer-led, please give generously.

Acts include Liz Ikamba & the Matondology Project, special guest The Worm and others.

Running order:
3:00pm Doors

3:30pm Liz Ikamba

4:00pm Participatory Warm Up Jam

4:30pm The Worm

5:00pm BREAK

5:30pm Interactive Music Workshop

6:30pm Safrela

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets are £10/£7 conc. or pay-what-you-can on the door.

Connection Sessions
We are Connection Sessions! Made up of artist-musician-facilitators, Liz Ikamba, Martha Thompson and Tara Baggott. Inspired by our meeting and deep learnings from the Let’s Play Musicians! retreat in Summer 2021, we created this project and event, which at its heart has the ethos that ‘everyone can, and should be able to express their innate creativity.’

We want to bring together people from all walks of life, and provide quality experiences for audiences with performances from awesome artists, as well as platforms for people to take part in spontaneous, in-the-moment music-making, if they so wish to do so!

We invite musicians, dancers, singers and creatives of all kinds to join us. The collaborative music-making will be gently guided for those with less experience. And of course you are most welcome to come and just be, to listen and absorb the goodness.

About the Artists:
Safrela are an all-female, Bristol-based collective, brought together by their love of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and vocal harmonies. Making music we love, with people we love.

Drawing from their combined experience and passion for Brazilian, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, Safrela perform a mix of traditional and original material and arrangements. Expect beautiful multi-vocal harmonies, alongside powerful Afro-Brazilian rhythms such as maracatu, samba de coco, cirandas and more

Liz Ikamba
Liz Ikamba is an Afro-Soul-Folk songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist, whose work is influenced by her Congolese and British heritage, as well as diverse musical styles; from Congolese village roots and urban rumba, to funk, jazz and roots reggae.

This year she teams up with Afro-Jazz outfit Matondology to produce her upcoming EP ‘Mama’, due for release later in 2022. Together, they create a mesmerising sound that blends the best of high energy, African dance music and groove-driven rhythms, with soul-infused vocals and captivating harmonies.

The group’s relaxed style and infectious warmth on stage give a sense of ease and spontaneity, with the live show offering an experience for the soul that is both uplifting and soothing.

The Worm
The Worm is a music and play maker and performance artist based in Cornwall. They create sound and scripts inspired by the Cornish and Breton music and dance tradition, experimental archeology, local animal and plant-life and other earthly matters.

Tara Baggott is a singing teacher, Community Music Leader and SEND Music Specialist who has been working for various inclusive music organisations for several years in Bristol. She is currently an SEN music leader with Bristol Beacon, Trainer and Orchestra leader with Open Orchestras, and runs her own SEND music workshops through local Bishopston charity, Send A Welcome. She is also a teacher trainer for Live Music Now which is a charity who perform and run workshops in care homes and SEN schools.

Tara is also a stand-up comedian, transforming into music enthusiast 'Rosemary Crackers' at local stand up comedy nights. Rosemary gets audience members on stage, gives them interesting instruments and conducts them with a cat toy.

Event photos for Connection Sessions: Liz Ikamba, The Worm, Safrela:

Connection Sessions: Liz Ikamba, The Worm, Safrela at Strange Brew
Connection Sessions: Liz Ikamba, The Worm, Safrela in Bristol 2022

Artist Videos:

Matondology - Live at The Jago, London
Live in a Shoe

Artist Audio:

bandcamp - The Worm
bandcamp - Kongo Dia Ntotila

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