Amadou & Mariam and the Beating Wing Orchestra
7-8 July 2009
Pavilion Theatre, Festival Square, Manchester
Amadou & Mariam presented Eclipse at MIF11
The Beating Wing Orchestra performed at another Exodus Live Special at MIF07
The Beating Wing Orchestra was formed for MIF 07, bringing together locally based musicians from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds and other musicians from across the city. The orchestra returned for MIF09 for this special collaboration with the wonderful Amadou & Mariam. Over the course of a year, the musicians reworked existing tracks by the Malian duo and wrote new material, performing the results over two electrifying nights at MIF’s Pavilion Theatre.
‘This event sums up the international spirit of Manchester’s festival… despite the celebratory vibes, this also seems a subtle but effective political statement’ The Guardian
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival and Community Arts North West.