6:30pm – 7:10pm | Friday 4 August 2017 | Cubitt Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AB
Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and contemporary music cannot successfully co-exist.
Graduating with a first from Trinity Laban School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, she has toured with Anoushka Shankar, Courtney Pine, recorded with Akala and composed for the London Symphony Orchestra. The twist is her winning the acclaimed amateur night at the Apollo in Harlem, gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra. Able to straddle both worlds effortlessly because of her musical prowess, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello. She is the definition of eclectic soul.
EPs: Truthfully & Black Panther available now.
Ayanna’s debut album is due out this Autumn 2017.
Music & Words | Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Cubitt Sessions are supported by
Music and Words: Ayanna Witter-Johnson Guitar/Electric Bass: Ed Riches
Drums: Samson Jatto
Ed Riches is a British guitarist Ed Riches has accompanied many Grammy, MOBO, Brit, Classical Brit, Juno, Mercury and BBC award winning artists. As an instrumentalist, improviser and musical director for labels Sony, Universal, Warner, Island, Ninjatune, Stax, Concord & Brownswood, Ed has toured the UK, Europe & USA extensively and featured in numerous TV and radio broadcasts. Ed Riches endorses Gibson guitars, features in The Financial Times Masterclass series & plays with Bilal, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, N’Dambi, Jacqui Dankworth, Marsha Ambrosius, Ntjam Rosie, Jesse Boykins, Xan Blacq to name a few.
Samson Jatto is a British drummer Samson is one of the most in demand drummers on the scene. He is endorsed by MAPEX and has played for Taio Cruz, Maverick Sabre and All Saints. He now tours with Jessie Ware and Nao.
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