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Bridging the gap with notes

Two artists with vastly different nationalities and experiences prove that songs really can change the way people think about each other.

Elena Riu.

Elena Riu was born in Venezuela and showed extraordinary musical aptitude at a very young age, especially in the field of her favorite instrument, the piano.

In her quest to bring Latin American music to new and wider audiences, she has premiered over 60 new works by some of the Hispanic world’s greatest composers, including Hilda Paredes, Alfredo Rugeles and Gabriela Ortiz.

She toured all over the world and took her music before crowds across the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, receiving two Arts Council of England Awards and winning a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh for her musical theater pieces. She also holds a professorship at Trinity College. Riu has always enjoyed jumping boundaries, and her recent partnership with Adriano Adewale is no exception.

Raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Adwale’s music combines the traditions of Nigeria, Angola and his native land along with contemporary European classical and jazz styles. As a percussionist and composer he strives to bring to the stage a global infusion of musical influences to examine issues of history, nature and identity.

Adwale changed his name after a trip to Africa, where he rediscovered his ancestral roots, and joined his first band after moving to the UK in 2000. He has performed in various venues since, both solo and together with artists such as Modeste Hughes, Jools Holland and Oliver Mtukudzi.

Adriano Adewale.

Combining their vastly differing origins and experiences and their mutual love for all things musical, Riu and Adwale will hold a concert to celebrate cross-cultural cooperation and diversity.

The event, “Postcards from the Americas”, will feature pieces and arrangements from various artists, including original solos from the performers themselves.

Musical selections will include Diana Arismendi’s Senvales en el Cielo, Lola Perrin’s Breakfast in Milestown and Antonio Estevez’s From Three Ancestors.

The concert will take place on September 26 at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://www.latinolife.co.uk/whats-on/live-music/postcards-from-the-americas.

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