15-23 July 2006. Asian music forms the backbone of this years edition of Londons international festival of percussion and drumming, Rhythm Sticks, at the South Bank Centre. The festival hosts musicians from India, Turkey, Japan, Indonesia and Korea. Programme highlights include Trilok Gurtu performing with Hindustani vocal duo, brothers Rajan and Sajan Misra, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (15 July), percussionist Evelyn Glennie with sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan (QEH, 17 July) and 17-piece Indonesian ensemble SambaSunda (QEH, 19 July). Contemporary Japanese music stars Joji Hirota and Kenny Endo perform on 22 July in a double bill featuring Yoruba percussionists from Nigeria, Faaji Drummers. The festival closes with Funmi Olawumi on 23 July. Other events include the Planet Drum Workshops at the QEH Riverside Room, suitable for ages 7 and over, and a Night of Turkish Rhythms at the Purcell Room presented by the Orient Express Club (22 July). For full details of times and concerts see website. Admission 25-7.50.
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Percussion and drumming festival.
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