The Chalk Circle Collective presents Revolutionary Ballads! New original settings of songs from Bertholt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle by vocal composer Kirsty Martin Combining spine tingling, close harmony a cappella with a foot stomping, riotous orchestra, Revolutionary Ballads breathes new life into Brecht’s classic story of social unrest, loyalty and justice.
The Chalk Circle Collectiveare Helen Chadwick Sally Davies Pauline Down Joanna Foster Kirsty Martin Martina Schwarz and Rowena Whitehead
The Collective will be joined by internationally renowned folk singer FRANKIE ARMSTRONG
& multi-instrumentalist IKEY PRICE, with a specially chosen set of Brecht’s songs, in settings by Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler.
A concoction of lively, fresh repertoire combining traditional Cuban and Latin American genres with classical styles and a hint of jazz.
"You are left with the sensation of being touched to the core by exquisitely played pieces" - SONGLINES
"Dickinson's finger work and rhythmic drive are compelling throughout" - JAZZWISE
Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba and studied at Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Guildhall School of Music the Royal College of Music, London.
A sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument, he specialises in a repertoire by Cuban composers, from classical works to the more contemporary "filin" movement.
A strong solo artist, Dickinson Cardenas has appeared at major international festivals and concert venues such as the Havana Guitar Festival, Cuba; Hispanic American Guitar Festival, Tijuana, Mexico; Philharmonic Hall, Belarus; Guitar Festival of Ireland; Amadeo Roldan Theatre Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba; The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, Queen Elizabeth Hall ; the Royal Albert Hall, London.