The essence of Harrogate International Festivals is celebrating the best established and emerging artists from across the globe and so I’m delighted to be a guest curator for the Spiegeltent at this year’s festival. My name is Ayanna Witter-Johnson and I’m a singer-songwriter/cellist from London. I first performed at Harrogate International Festival many years ago with my band and I look forward to performing again with new music and the world premiere of a special commission.
This year, I’ve chosen to program some extraordinary musicians at various stages of their careers who bring creativity, true innovation, incredible musicianship and joy to their audiences. Amongst them are the MOBO Award winning young spirited drum-and-sax duo, Binker & Moses hailing from London, whose semi-free-jazz sound influenced by grime, hip-hop and electronic music, will leave you feeling totally uplifted. Dutch five-piece Tristan’s music is best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz. Their funky rhythms, solid grooves and punchy arrangements underpin the beautiful vocals of singer Evelyn Kallansee. Also look out for jazz bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado, a young bass player and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist with two acclaimed albums under his belt. And if this isn’t enough, you’ll find Young Musicians performing a series of lunchtime concerts, so do catch those if you can.
Each year, the Spiegeltent delivers unforgettable performances and I hope this year’s program will continue in the same tradition. Do enjoy these extraordinary artists and I look forward to serenading you along with my band in June.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson 🙂 x