Sage Gateshead welcomes some great shows for any musical taste.
Accomplished composer, producer and celebrated performer Nils Frahm, returns to the stage with his All Melody tour on 2 March.
Husband and wife duo The Handsome Family bring their unique brand of alternative country music to Sage Gateshead, also on 2 March.
Psychedelic 70’s icons Curved Air recreate their uniquely ethereal sound in Sage Two on 3 March.
Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 26 February.
Arcane Roots plus Brutus and Grumble Bee
Tuesday 27 February, 7pm, Sage Two
After a wait of nearly four years, Arcane Roots return with their stunning, brand new, second album, Melancholia Hymns.
The album release follows on from the first single, Curtains, and much like that track, Melancholia Hymns is full of ambition, electronica, riffs, strings, darkness and light. It is an album to lose yourself in completely, a complex musical journey for your mind and your heart. A record with so much love, care and attention that you can’t help but feel the passion that has gone making it, and marvel at its scope and sheer size.
Newcastle International Chamber Music Series
Wednesday 28 February, 7.30pm, Sage Two
- Bartók String Quartet No.3
- Enescu String Quartet No.2
- Dvoák String Quartet in F, ‘American’
A central European journey from Hungary, via Romania to Bohemia, with a transatlantic flavour from Dvoák on his return home from America.
Nils Frahm – All Melody
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm, Sage One
Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music, learning the piano throughout his childhood. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of classical pianists from previous generations as well as the music of contemporary composers, before forging his own musical path through composition.
Today, Nils Frahm continues to work as an accomplished composer, producer and celebrated performer from his Berlin-based studio at the renowned Funkhaus. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, and on a mesmerising scale through his vast stage shows, has won him many fans around the world. Nils has gained global notoriety for his highly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, as well as a breath-taking level of emotion and personality.
After spending much of 2017 in hibernation in preparation for a busy period ahead, Nils will commence 2018 with his first live performances since 2015, and will embark on the beginning of a long worldwide tour, All Melody.
The Handsome Family plus Drunken Prayer
Friday 2 March, 8pm, Sage Two
The Handsome Family, formed by husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, bring their unique brand of alternative country music to Sage Gateshead.
The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand, there’s been some blood drawn.
The Handsome Family continue to sell out venues worldwide that they couldn’t have filled before TV fame. Live, Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA).
Their shows are full of humour and chit-chat. The Sparks’ aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness. The invisible couple is also very happy to be seen.
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St Luke Passion
Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm, Sage One
- Hugh Brunt conductor
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Quay Voices
- The Girl Choristers of Newcastle Cathedral
James MacMillan St Luke Passion
Forming the centrepiece of a weekend dedicated to new music, MacMillan’s St Luke Passion is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music.
This powerful and moving work from one of the great choral composers of our time unusually gives the voice of Jesus to a youth choir, and is a must for choral fans.
Saturday 3 March, 8pm, Sage Two
Psychedelic 70’s icons Curved Air tour will recreate their uniquely ethereal sound, with skilled musicianship and the vocals of Sonja Kristina.
Curved Air originally formed in 1969, a ground-breaking progressive art-rock band, known for a unique and powerful combination of a remarkable female vocalist and virtuoso musicians.
Reformed in 2008 after a sabbatical of 18 years, Curved Air’s concert and festival appearances in the UK, Japan, Italy, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Holland and Belgium continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.
Paul Carrack plus Grainne Duffy
Sunday 4 March and Monday 5 March, 7.30pm, Sage One
Paul Carrack is one the UK’s great singer songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Balancing his career between his solo work and guesting on the current Eric Clapton album and tour, his widely-varied CV also includes Roxy Music, BB King, Nick Lowe, Roger Waters, Squeeze, Mike + Mechanics, Elton John, The Smiths and Ringo Starr.
He has written classics, including How Long, co-written Love Will Keep Us Alive for the Eagles and Over My Shoulder with Mike Rutherford. However, his other career is his real passion and that is the solo Paul Carrack. He has now recorded 18 solo albums and the latest, Soul Shadows, was his highest chart entry to date. His sold-out shows have created a fan base who have come to love his incredible live performances and they are not to be missed.
This much-loved blue-eyed soul singer, and firm favourite with Radio 2 listeners, continues to stride forward on a hot streak of creativity that shows no signs of slowing down.
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Raghu Dixit plus Zak Younger Banks
Sunday 4 March, 8pm, Sage Two
Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural and musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language.
His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound. From playing to more than 100,000 people in his home state, to several stages at Glastonbury Festival, an appearance on Jools Holland and even playing for the Queen of England.
Raghu Dixit’s second studio album Jag Changa was Songlines Editor’s Top of the world album choice for December 2014.