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    Gnarly x Nikita Gill

    Until 8 Oct
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    past event
    Gnarly and Nikita Gill, musicians, Purcell Sessions

    A dynamic live act that combines Gnarly’s electronic production skills and the spoken poetry of Nikita Gill in a pulsating, hypnotic conversation.

    This combination isn’t a DJ/MC dynamic – it’s a complete band. Using the cadence and tone of Gill’s spoken poetry, Gnarly produces entirely live soundscapes and beats.

    The natural push and pull between the duo is a hypnotic conversation that creates an organic, integrated and deeply impactive stage presence, ideal for our Purcell Sessions.

    Building on their fused audio creation, Gnarly also controls aspects of the live-motion graphics. These visuals are born out of Gill’s own illustrations, adding another layer of collaboration.

    The pairing of these two creatives was initiated by Anoushka Shankar for Southbank Centre's Summer Reunion, and their first performance came on the Riverside Terrace.

    Nikita Gill is an Irish Indian poet whose published collections of poetry offer a largely female readership the chance to recognise the value of their own experiences by retelling, remixing and demystifying mythology, theology and fairytales.

    She has performed and spoken widely at UK literary festivals and been shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Award in Poetry. She recently co-wrote Grammy-nominated musician Anoushka Shankar’s latest single ‘Sister Susannah’, transposing her craft to music for the first time.

    Gnarly is a British Sri Lankan producer, live performer and educator, internationally renowned for her live finger-drumming performances and online content.

    Her debut release was on independent label 4NC¥. Gnarly featured on her first international compilation in 2020, released by German label Dedicate.

    Dates & times

    Until 8 Oct


    • Standard entry£15*
    • Concessions25%**

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