Fusion: a benefit for PAFRAS


Fusion – a taste of jazz, folk, flamenco, Africa and the East

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations PAFRAS and its supporters have organised a number of events throughout the year – both inside and outside of our drop-in.

Fusion are a multi-instrumentalist band  breaking new ground in world music.  They mix and blend songs and sounds from a variety of traditions, as well as their own original material, for each performance drawing on a wide range of instruments – from jazz percussion, saxophone, flute, melodica, mandolin and violin, to keyboards, flamenco and electric guitars, bag pipes, clarinet and recorders, piano accordion, Irish whistle, double bass and Arabic lute.

They draw on songs and music from Morocco, India, Greece, Egypt, Hungary, Zimbabwe, Syria and the Punjab, mixing melodies and moods to forge a new highly original sound. Their latest project has been to explore the songs of the Sephardic Jews of 15th Century Spain, creating a haunting new piece with echoes of the Inquisition….  A new song learnt in Greece tells the story of migration  and a traditional folk tune from Hungary is combined with an Indian chant. They recently performed at Otley Court House Art Centre and are playing at Square Chapel Arts Centre in November. So this is a good chance to see them in Leeds.

Fusion have performed at MusicPort, the regional world music event, and they are lined up at a number of venues and art centres in Yorkshire in 2013 . Audience feedback includes ‘simply stunning’ ‘excellent’  ‘most talented group I have seen in twenty years’.

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