January 18, 2024
Words by: Tasha Barrett
A stunning new performance presenting Global Majority women’s heritage stories
& songs from communities across Bristol
Daphna Sadeh-Neu is proud to present Forgotten Songs and Stories: a debut live performance based on stories told by women, presented by a 15-piece ensemble of
leading musicians, poets and vocalists with additional arrangements by Knud Stüwe.
Forgotten Songs and Stories
As the newly refurbished Bristol Beacon reopens its doors, its community-focused music space in the heart of the city welcomes an original new performance: Forgotten Songs and Stories.
The compositions, poetry & songs were formed from workshops where 15 South Asian, East
Asian, African, Middle Eastern, South American, Jewish, Irish and Refugee women conveyed
stories in their own words: some never told before, others overlooked, or at risk of being lost to time and the fracturing of communities. The show’s collective of artists encompasses a wealth of talent spanning genres including jazz, classical and Middle Eastern music. The narrative is interwoven with storytelling, vocals and a 7-piece string ensemble alongside double bass, saxophone, percussion, piano and oud. The
stories are testament to the remarkable power of creativity bringing personal histories to life for wider audiences: connecting people through memory and empowering unity.
Rich and deeply honest, the concert chronicles tales of migration to new homes and belonging, from tradition and ceremony to love and marriage, from darkness and trauma to hope and joy. Combined, it is a compelling representation of Bristol’s populations, the city’s growing heritages and of our possible shared futures.
Daphna Sadeh-Neu – concept, compositions, arrangements, double bass
Knud Stüwe – oud, co-arrangements, composition
Bristol Ensembles Strings, directed by Roger Huckle
Karen Hayes – verbatim poetry
Chloe Rose-Laing – vocals, spoken word
Amy Tanner – acting, spoken word
Nia Bimkubwa – vocals
Jake McMurchie – saxophones
Rebecca Nash – piano
Myke Vince – percussion
About Daphna Sadeh-Neu
Daphna Sadeh-Neu is an acclaimed composer and double bass player based in the UK.
Throughout her musical career after graduating from Manhattan School of Music in New York, she received commissions and grants to compose and lead eclectic styles of ensembles reflecting her versatile interest in music. She collaborated with the Baroque Academy of Ancient and has been leading Jazz and World music projects,including with Eastern Strings Duo, with Knud Stuwe, performing in the UK and internationally. Her music and double bass playing were featured on BBC radio 3, Songlines magazine, fRoots & The Strad magazine.Daphna released 5 albums of her music on Tzadik label New York and 33Jazz UK record label. She has received 4 grants to produce music projects and collaborations with national and international artists. As an educator and double bass performer she collaborated with Oxford University ,Cambridge University, Bristol University, Liverpool University, and toured in Europe, USA & Asia.
Date: 31 January 2024
● Venue: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard St, Bristol BS1 5AR
● Time: 7.30pm [all timings are approximate and subject to change.]
● Tickets Here
“Not everyone gets their stories told or songs shared. It needs active listening and remembering for these to survive. Many are lost in the midst of adversity, downturn, dislocation and relocation. The show is a special space where the women’s narratives are central and flourish through poetry and music performed by talented artists.”
Forgotten Songs and Stories
"The urge is to keep memories alive, when stories are the only lifeline."