Orchestra DC Dansette

orchestre dc dansette

Lancaster based Orchestre D.C. Dansette play the last of this year’s gigs in The Round at The Dukes on Friday 27 November and this one’s set to be a multi-facetted spectacular. The eight-piece poets of afro-pop collaboration also features Ludus Dance, video artist Jenny McCabe and poet Sarah Hymas.

Orchestre D.C. Dansette are a guitar driven dance band, who take inspiration from popular music across the African continent, mixing it with jazz and pop sensibilities and an idiosyncratically philosophical take on the works of Jung, Wittgenstein and the Dalai Lama. Their low-down grooves and highbrow words make for “invigorating and life affirming” dance music.

Orchestre D.C. Dansette’s leader Steve Lewis said:

“The gig will mark our second birthday so we wanted to make it special. The Dukes are promoting. Ludus is running a special project. Sarah Hymas, who edits Lit Fest’s publishing imprint Flax, has written some of the lyrics and half of the band work for More Music! It’ll be an amazing ‘coming together’ of local artists and organisations!”

Charismatic Senegalese dancer Diene Vieux Sagna has been leading special workshops in African dance for Ludus. He and his students will be performing on the night. Diene might demonstrate a few steps himself and even play some percussion with the band.

The band will be playing re-mixed extracts from Steve’s Top Ten Sex Tips, a visually spiked song cycle on sex, love and the point of it all that features a video by artist Jenny McCabe, using discarded home movies and super 8 films gathered from e-bay.

“It’s a piece that was commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival in 2005,” Steve explained. “It got a great reception and we thought it would be fascinating to present it as a single piece one more time. Artist Jenny McCabe has agreed to do a live re-mix of her video as we play which is going to be really exciting.”

Sarah Hymas, whose first book of poetry “Host” will be published in the spring, wrote the lyrics for several of the band’s most successful songs, several of which are featured on their website (www.myspace.com/orchestredcdansette) and their album. This will be available to buy on what promises to be the perfect pre-Christmas night out.

Contact: Steve Lewis on 01524 35193 or steve@deepcabaret.co.uk for any queries about the release.

Venue: The Dukes
Date: Friday 27 November, 8pm
Tickets: £7/£5 concessions
Box Office: 01524 598500


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