The Giraffe Sessions with Melange….
Melange seamlessly blend music from North Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean, incorporating jazz improvisation and dynamic arrangements.
Formed by cellist Shirley Smart, after 10 years in Jerusalem studying and playing the music of the region Melange is a true reflection of modern cosmopolitanism, comprising musicians from Greece, Spain, Morocco, Iraq, Italy and the UK.
Recent performances include the Songlines Encounters Festival, World Village Festival, IGNITE series at the Royal Albert Hall National Portrait Gallery, St. Ethelburgas, National Theatre, Green Note, Forge, Rich Mix, Wiltons Music Hall, Edge of the World Festival and the Vortex Jazz Club. Melange host the monthly Gypsy Nights sessions at the Ritzy in Brixton. They also peformed recently on the BBC’s World on 3 Sessions.
Melange perform as an acoustic quartet with oud, cello, guitar and percussion, up to a full 8 piece band with accordion, saxophone, trumpet, and bass. Their second album “Via Maris” featuring a blend of original and traditional material, was released to great critical acclaim on Two Rivers records in 2016.