Two music worlds collide as MAST welcomes Gwenifer Raymond and Ichiko Aoba this November!

Two outstanding musicians will perform an evening of contrasting world music at MAST Mayflower Studios on Sunday 14 November, presented in association with Southampton’s SoCo Music Project.

Gwenifer Raymond’s rich, powerful, acoustic guitar and banjo music is inspired by the American primitive genre. She began playing guitar at the age of eight, after having been exposed to punk and grunge. After years of playing in various punk outfits in her native Wales, she began listening more to pre-war blues musicians and Appalachian folk players, eventually leading to the great American guitarists. The Guardian gave Gwenifer’s latest album, Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, a 5-star review and said “it all makes for the perfect gig back – transporting, beautiful, intimate and intense.”

Ichiko Aoba, a rising star in Japan, has hidden beneath the radar in the West but, six albums in, she is now connecting with audiences worldwide with her latest dream-inspired album Windswept Adan. The album’s narrative is set on a pair of remote islands in the ocean south of Japan. The islands have no words, but instead, the inhabitants exchange shells as the story unfolds. With a unique, minimal jazz style, Ichiko plays and sings in a variety of moods, creating a surreal yet simple sound.

Gwenifer Raymond and Ichiko Aoba are in concert at MAST Mayflower Studios for one night only on Sunday 14 November at 7pm.



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