Highlights include:

  • Expect mesmeric new music from Portico Quartet
  • Sarathy Korwar – a vibrant, pluralistic narrative for the world to hear
  • Grace Johnson returns for the third session of Yoga Live
  • Post Punk and New Wave artists Toyah and Hazel O’Connor join forces to bring you Electric Ladies of the 80s

STITCHED: a Hip-Hopera

Thursday 26 September,

Stitched is the story of Dani and G, brought together from opposite sides of the streets. In threads woven by the storytelling fates, this new hip-hopera spins a tale of love, family and community inspired by the West End of Newcastle.

Co-created and performed by participants in New Writing North’s Young Writers’ City programme at Excelsior Academy.

  • Writer and director Laura Lindow
  • Musical director Liz Corney
  • Associate artist Kema Kay
  • Choreographer Alicia Meehan
  • Creative mentor Kay Greyson
  • Project producer Emily Wiseman

Book Now:https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/stitched-a-hip-hopera/

Portico Quartet

Friday 8 November, 8pm

Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet debut new music.

Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of four studio albums, Knee-Deep in the North Sea (2007)Isla (2010), Portico Quartet (2012), the heralded Art In The Age Of Automation (2017) and the EP Untitled (AITAOA #2) (2018).

Portico Quartet stake claims to territory occupied by Radiohead, Cinematic Orchestra and Efterklang”. The Guardian

The show will feature new music from their forthcoming album, Memory Streams, released this autumn.

Book Now: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/portico-quartet/

Presented with GemArts

Sarathy Korwar

Tuesday 19 November, 8pm

Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India. He began playing tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop.

At 17, Korwar moved to Pune to study Environmental Science, but instead dedicated his time to music, practising tabla under the tutelage of Rajeev Devasthali, translating his skills to the western drum kit and playing as a session musician.

Korwar’s daring debut album, Day To Day, recorded with the support of the Steve Reid Foundation, was released in 2016. The album fused traditional folk music recorded with the Sidi community in India, combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences with contemporary jazz and electronics.

Korwar released his second studio album, More Arriving, in July 2019. With this latest release, Korwar blasts out his own vibrant, pluralistic narrative for the world to hear. This is not necessarily a record of unity; it’s an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain.

Book Now:https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/sarathy-korwar/

Yoga Live

Sunday 24 November, 10.30am

For the third session in Sage Gateshead’s Yoga Live series, Grace Johnson returns with jazz guitarist, James Mackay, bringing live music and yoga together. James will bring fully improvised accompaniment, responding to Grace’s instruction throughout your Sunday morning yoga practice.

Expect an upbeat and playful vinyasa style flow, which both challenges and nurtures the body, mind and soul. Suitable for all levels, you will be guided through an accessible practice, uniting the breath, and movement with accompanying music.

This workshop will cater to all levels, however some experience of basic poses is recommended. Please bring a yoga mat with you and arrive in clothes suitably comfortable for yoga.

Book Nowhttps://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/yoga-live-2/

Toyah and Hazel O’Connor – Electric Ladies of the 80s

Wednesday 29 April, 2020, 8pm

Post Punk and New Wave artists Toyah and Hazel O’Connor join forces to bring you their exciting new tour, Electric Ladies of the 80s.

Toyah is one of the most recognisable faces in UK pop culture, clocking up an impressive 10 hit singles and 8 albums, including the gold selling Anthem and her 2019 chart success, In The Court of the Crimson Queen. Also an acclaimed actress, Toyah his performed on film and stages the world over including a role in the legendary film by The Who, Quadrophenia.

Hazel O’Connor set the benchmark high with her starring role in the legendary British film Breaking Glass for which she won the Variety Club Award, and its accompanying soundtrack, which saw her nominated for a BAFTA. Ever the prolific artist, Hazel continues to make new music and tour the world with her strong ethical message and recently released her acclaimed new album, Hallelujah Moments.

Performing alongside their full electric band, each artist will perform their own set alongside some duets and surprises. This hit packed retro fest will include such classics as Thunder In The Mountains, Eight Day, It’s A Mystery, Will You, I Want To Be Free, D-Days and many more.

Book Nowhttps://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/toyah-hazel-oconnor/