20:00 19 June 2014

World Music Festival

Gibraltar World Music Festival is proud to announce that the famous composer and producer Nitin Sawhney will be the main artist of this year’s GWMF, now in its third edition, with the theme ‘Chindia’. Nitin will perform at St Michael’s Cave the 19th of June featuring guest performances from the extensive vocal talents of Nicki Wells and percussion skills of tabla maestro Aref Durvesh, an intimate show that the audience could see later in Womad (July) and at the London’s Royal Albert Hall in September.

Gibraltar World Music Festival is a space of fusion, ethnics and traditional themes that proposes the best artists of the genre and masters of ancient instruments and in its third edition will come to you with China and India.

Nitin Sawhney has had a career that spans decades of solo albums, film scoring, video game soundtracks, work for dance, theatre, radio broadcasting and live performances around the world with his band from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House. Following on from the release of his live album ‘ONEZERO’, cut direct to vinyl, and his full band sell out show at London’s Roundhouse, this trio gave their debut performance on KCRW in Los Angeles where they gained huge response from listeners and Youtube audiences worldwide.  Also this year, the audience can sees Nitin at the airing of the third series of his BBC Radio 2 show “Nitin Sawhney Spins the Globe”.

For the above, Sawhney has received a MOBO, 2 Ivor Novello nominations, a Mercury prize nomination, a Southbank show award, a BAFTA nomination, 2 BBC Radio 3 world music awards, a New York Bessie and 15 other major national and international awards. Sawhney also holds 5 Honorary doctorates from 5 separate British universities and is a fellow of LIPA and Southbank university. He turned down an OBE in 2007 for ethical reasons.

Before his concert, the audience will have the opportunity of have a taste of oriental ancient music with the performance of Guo Gan and Mieko Miyazaki. This duo was born and evolved in France of the meeting of two professional musicians (one from Japan, the other one from China) who would never have crossed had they remained in their native Far East... Yet the Japanese Koto and plucked stringed Chinese Erhu were made ​​for each other. Geography and history have separated the Chinese and Japanese cultures, one inspired by the great outdoors and the other born of the confrontation between the mountains and the ocean.

Both artists have been trained in different musical traditions, both at the highest level of excellence and virtuosity. But their openness and curiosity drives them to enrich their practice ‘classic’ by an external supply. Their mutual listening and friendship let their modes of expression to merge to give new life to traditional melodies of the two countries, and to create compositions.

Between them, the Israeli percussionist Itamar Doari will make a bridge linking both styles of music. Itamar was born in Israel 1985. He began his musical training when he was only six years old, playing traditional percussion instruments such as Frame Drums, Darbuka, Riq and more. During the years He had the honour to learn from some of the greatest music teachers in hand-drums and percussion from Israel and abroad - include Zohar Fresco, Glen Vallez, Sallem Darwish and Ahmed Taher.

Playing in some of the most well-known stages and festivals in Israel and around the world, Itamar has become a strong force in the percussion scene world-wide. He does so, playing different percussion instruments and collaborating with artists from different styles and origins world-wide. Itamar toured for 3 years with Avishai Cohen including 3 records together. Their latest album "Seven Seas" which Itamar also Co-produced was nominated for the French Grammy award and listed as top1st playlist in France, Germany, Sweden and Spain.

Also, the internationally renowned professional dancer and choreographer Nathan Conroy ( will be creating a show based on Chinese and Indian dances. He trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance before embarking on a long diverse international career. From working with numerous classical dance companies, dance theatre and contact companies, to break dance and commercial experiences working with Wyclef Jean, Spice Girls, Brian Harvey to name but a few. Nathan has also spent many years touring world wide with the internationally acclaimed hit ‘STOMP’.

This year’s Festival has started with a China day at Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar on the 10th of February (together with Confucius Institute). The GWMF aims to become a must in the calendar of other prestigious Music and Cultural festivals and forums in the world. It has already welcomed artistic directors and founders of the Sacred Music Festival of Fes (Morocco), Babel Med (in France), founders of the Womex (World Music Exhibition), etc...

The Gibraltar World Music Festival started its first edition with the Sephardic Divas in 2012, the biggest Sephardic event ever produced in the world. The second edition in 2013 was focused on Minor Asia and called Passage to Asia with 70 artists involved from Israel, Iran, Greece, and Turkey.

Festival's program of World Music, Art and Culture will be shared with the population under the patronage of the Chief Minister and the support of the Government of Gibraltar, The Bonita Trust, SG Hambros, Hyperion Group of Companies, Margaux Philanthropy, BIH, Hassans, Deloitte, Matanel, Famous for Media and Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar.

Ticket information

• Full ticket price for the first day £30.00; for students and senior citizens £25.00.

• All tickets include a return shuttle service to St Michael’s Cave from Public Market and Elliot’s Way at 19.00 hours. Please show your ticket to the driver.

• Tickets will be available at the Gibraltar Productions office (92 Irish Town), at Sacarello’s Coffee and Restaurant since 12th May and online in

• More details available by phoning 00350 200 68899

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