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    In the Black Fantastic x Tawiah + Al Moore

    Sat 27 Aug, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    Singer Tawiah wearing full length white robe. Vertical line design overlay the image.

    Lose yourself in the soulful world of singer-songwriter Tawiah’s poignant second album, Ertha, created in collaboration with artist Al Moore.

    Ertha, a concept album created through a process of storytelling and musical interpretation, is the result of a timeless collaboration between the two artists, where Tawiah composed music in response to a series of original writings and poems by Moore.

    They tell a story of the human journey as one of ‘getting lost in order to be found’; despite unavoidable suffering there is great hope, and it is by navigating darkness that we find light.

    The album illustrates Ertha’s life from birth to death – a universal story – and we hear also from the ever-present, objective universe.

    Through this process, which Tawiah and Moore liken as ‘similar to an actor and director working with a script’, the outcome is a cohesive musical story as opposed to simply tracks on an album.

    Ertha, written and recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown, is set for release later this year.

    In late 2019, Tawiah released her debut album, Starts Again. Previously, she released two EPs: In Jodi’s Bedroom and Recreate, which she toured with Moses Sumney. Tawiah has worked in collaboration with artists including Dev Hynes, Kindness, Mark Ronson, The Cinematic Orchestra and Kano, and is a composer for film and TV. Tawiah joined Michael Kiwanuka on his UK tour in May 2022, previewing her new album Ertha.

    Al Moore is an artist and writer; she creates conceptual worlds within which we can challenge ideas and experience self. With a background in cultivating creative and safe spaces in her communities, Moore continues to explore the idea that the physical and theoretical spaces we inhabit can be enabling and healing.

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    Dates & times

    Sat 27 Aug, 7.45pm
    Approximate run time: 135 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£15*
    • Concessions25%**


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