Friday Sessions: Grand Union Re:Generation Band
Welcome to Friday Sessions – free live music in the cafe every Friday night!
Global sounds and jazz sensibilities melt together for these young East London musicians sharing a love of traditional and contemporary styles.
The Re:Generation Band are a hybrid of non-standard instrumentalists (from Tabla to Ghuzeng to Kpanlogo players) and jazz players who share a love of traditional music forms from Bengal to the Caribbean via West Africa.
Formed of musicians from the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, the group consists of more experienced musicians on the threshold of a professional career. Working with musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra – themselves mainly first generation migrants, experts in many different global musical traditions – the Re:Gen Band are developing their own material reflecting these and contemporary styles, which they’ve been performing in residency at Poplar Union’s ‘Live in the Library’ sessions. Grand Union’s ethos is a fusion of cultures and celebrating the diversity of East London; this is their musical melting pot.