Band on the Wall Recommends…Haroon Mirza + Zoe Rahman + Manchester Mela

We are very excited about these three events featuring great South Asian Artists so we thought we’d pass on the news!

THURS 12th JULY , Doors 6.00- 8.00pm, Free Entry

One of the hottest UK artists of the moment, Haroon Mirza has won both the Silver Lion Award at the 54th Venice Biennale for being the  best emerging international artist and the Northern Art Prize 2010. Haroon will be djing live at Manchester City Art Gallery on between 6-8pm Thursday 12th July alongside his exhibited work, A Sleek Dry Yell.

Haroon Mirza uses sounds and objects from everyday life to make his art ( Think arduinos, coding culture and digitally controlled music!)  His sculpture A Sleek Dry Yell is made using bits of furniture, water, an old television monitor, a record player, wooden speakers and video footage of cult musician and actor Richard “Kid” Strange who will be joining Mirza at the Gallery on Thursday. Mirza’s exhibition  A Sleek Dry Yell runs to Sunday 23 September 2012. Click here for info!

SATURDAY 14th & SUNDAY 15th JULY-  Free Entry, Festival Doors 1.30- 9.30 pm

The South Asian family festival hosts 2 days of South Asian cuisines fashion, food, and sports also features:

02 / BBC ASIAN NETWORK / MANCHESTER MELA   OUTDOOR MAINSTAGE: hosted by BBC Asian Network Djs & presenters Bobby Friction & Noreen Khan we have a  live 2 day  music feast of the very best from the South Asian music industry, from Bhangra over to Desi Soul & Apna Beats 2012 line up  includes:  Sukshinder Shinda, Foji, T-Minder, Tasha Tah, Junai Kaden,Metz & Trix, Hasnain, Kamal Raja, DSarb, Ramee, T-Minder.( Highlights broadcast on BBC Asian Network ‘Summer of Melas’ & BBC i-player, check BBC Online for more details) Click here for info!

Weds 18th  JULY, 7.30pm

A composer and  jazz pianist of  Bangladeshi British heritage, Mercury Music Prize nominated Zoe Rahman plays music at the Manchester Jazz Festival from her current Kindred Spirits recording . Described in The Observer as ‘a remarkable pianist’, Rahman has firmly established herself  as one of the brightest stars in the British jazz scene. As a former Young Jazz Musician of the Year award winner,  her style is deeply rooted in ‘ indo jazz experiments’ that unfolds a cross cultural reflection of her heritage. with her strong playing techniques of playing classical piano, an influence from her  training at the Royal Academy of Music her gig is not to be missed. Click here for info!