|Grand Union Youth Orchestra
Hometown: East London
Web site: http://www.grandunionyouth.org.uk
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Founded by world-renowned Grand Union Orchestra, the Grand Union Youth Orchestra of East London is an ensemble of young musicians from East London between the ages of about 14-25 who play an amazing range of instruments.
Blending Indian ragas and Turkish melodies with Latin rhythms and African drumming, with a pinch of jazz and European harmony thrown into the pot, this Youth Orchestra says “Yes!” to everything and makes it work. Immersed in elements of music that span the globe, this ensemble is outfitted with instruments from all cultures, including saz, sarangi, sitar and steel pans. Mix in a spicy percussion section of tabla, dhol, djembe and congas and serve it up with bluesy solos and riffs from brass, wind and strings – GUYO will turn your conception of ‘world music’ and ‘youth orchestra’ on its head.
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