London Jazz Festival 2017: hear a magical flow of Mediterranean Gypsies from Taksim Trio and Dorantes

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival has an exciting and eclectic ten-day programme of music. On day four, Monday 13 Nov., Turkey’s Taksim Trio will take to the stage at Cadogan Hall with Dorantes – the band of legendary Romani pianist David Peña Dorantes from Andalusia, whose compositions are credited with creating a whole new language of flamenco music.

This stunning combination will be performing a seamless set of Mediterranean Gypsy music. Taksim Trio will bring the Turkish Romani dimension with their Ottoman-era instruments of duduk (double-reed wooden flute), bağlama (long-necked, stringed bowl-lute), kanun (stringed instrument) and clarinet, performed by Hüsnü Şenlendirici, İsmail Tunçbilek and Aytaç Doğan.

Making a rare UK appearance alongside them is David Peña Dorantes, a huge flamenco star in his native Spain. Regarded as the patriarch of modern flamenco piano, he has taken the music forward “leaps and bounds” in much the same way as guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucía did with his instrument.

Taksim Trio and Dorantes don’t play separate sets – Mediterranean Gypsies flows between the two groups. Sometimes they play separately, and at points they come together, making rich music together that explores the Roma links between their cultures.

Mediterranean Gypsies was formed during the Flamenco Biennale held in Seville in 2016 as a way of exploring the Roma links between Spanish and Turkish cultures.

Concert Details

Date: Monday 13 November 2017

Start time: 19:30

Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Tickets: priced between £15 and £30 (plus booking fee) by visiting

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