Choose Love with Wendy Bevan & friends
Wendy Bevan & Friends – CHOOSE LOVE- Benefit Concert
Wendy Bevan & Friends are bringing their talents to SJQ in London, in partnership with Choose Love to support their most recent campaign. #notatarget
Rooted in humanitarian principles, CHOOSE LOVE is raising funds for urgent aid to the more than 2+ million people trapped inside Gaza and the displaced communities in southern Israel.
Join us for an evening of music to support this campaign.100% of ticket sales will be donated.
This in-person event is about sharing some hope and choosing love and support at a time when so many of us across the globe are facing tragedy. We hope that music, the one universal language we share, will touch your heart and inspire change.
Wendy Bevan and co-writer Seiriol Davies dust off their song book by revisiting songs from their dark, theatrical and sparkling catalogue, including material written for their band Temper Temper. Inspired by this night of compassion, ‘Keep Kind‘ is a selection of torch songs from these times, written and revamped by the duo, many of which have never been performed.
‘Wendy Bevan’s presence is equal parts Dietrich and Medusa, and her hauntingly beautiful voice echoes over the torrential waves of music, led by the wild-coiffured pianist, Seiriol Davies’ madcap, expert playing’ (Broadway Baby *****)
Wendy is a Musician; a vocalist and violinist. Her most recent 4-album, cosmic landscape Astronomia, was co-written with Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, hailed as a ‘prolific duo‘ (Forbes) their project became the “Transcendent Soundtrack for our Perilous Time” (Vogue) Bevan continues to explore our universal language as the ineffable experience of music that unites us, combining a surreal and theatrical approach to her work as a performer and story teller. In 2022 she was invited to be part of the Bird Song Project. Her track The Calling is featured alongside other artists including Nick Cave, John Cale, Laurie Anderson, Karen O.Wendy has just finished recording her new vocal album Fragile Times, which is now ready to be released in 2024. “A marvellous chanteuse.” (The Times) “Exquisitely atmospheric.” ( American Songwriter)
Seiriol Davies writes and performs epic, glittery, witty, subversive musicals and opera, lauded both commercially and critically. A believer in the power of shared joy to change hearts, they have made smash hit shows at the Young Vic, Old Vic, Wales Millennium Centre, The Barbican among many others, dubbed “genius” (The Telegraph), “visionary” (Time Out) and “brilliant” (The Guardian).
Bevan and Davies first collaborated on the Punchdrunk show The Black Diamond over a decade ago, from this moment their creative partnership blosomed. They are both now thrilled to be returning to the Bevan Davies songbook to finally unleash some of the dark, glorious magic that the two create together to a wider audience.
BISHI performs something special from her latest EP ‘Maya The Birth of A Superhero’
BISHI is an artist, composer and producer born in London of Bengali heritage. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. BISHI has recorded work with Tony Visconti, Sean Ono Lennon, Jarvis Cocker, and Daphne Guinness. Her collaborations for the stage include; The London Symphony Orchestra, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono’s ‘Meltdown.’ 2023 has seen BISHI compose and produce her first full original score for VR videogame installation ‘Maya, Birth of a Superhero’ which premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival earlier this year. “Bishi is Art” – Miranda Sawyer
Iraina Mancini spins some Disco, Boogie and Soul to get everyone moving on the dance floor. Singer/Songwriter and DJ ( Soho Radio) Iraina has been digging into the vaults of Northern Soul, Funk, 60’s Garage, Disco and Rhythm and Blues rich musical history from a young age. Inspired by and building on her father’s 45’s that she had enthused over as a child, she began her passion to DJ and bring back the spirit of these often forgotten but golden musical era’s to dance floors across the globe. Iraina has just released her debut album ‘Undo The Blue’ it has already proven a hit with music lovers and media alike, with The Times’ 4* review praising Iraina as “a new heroine to make us swoon.. intoxicating”.
Opening support act: One of Wendy’s favourite new London bands of the moment is:
Barbican Estate Inspired by the pyschedelia movement in the 1960’s; advocating nonviolence, peace and love, Barbican Estate uses drones, psychedelic soundscapes, driving rhythms, and vivid lyricism to create their massive sound. The band’s influences include Japanese psychedelic/noise rock, US experimental bands, classic film, as well as literary and architectural movements. Originally formed in Tokyo in 2019 and consists of Kazuki Toneri (Gt, Sitar), Miri (Ba, Vo), and Koh Hamada (Dr, Percussion). Playing shows in the Tokyo underground scene and releasing an EP and 3 singles in 2020. They released their 1st album Way Down East in winter 2021 and another EP; The Fall in 2022.
SET TIMES AND FULL LINE UP TBC SOON!