Ma Su 'n Redberry - Live at The Amadeus
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The Amadeus in Little Venice has re-opened its doors in the wake of the pandemic with Gus Robertson at the helm, who has previously managed iconic West London venues - 20th Century Theatre, Bush Hall, Paradise by way of Kensal Green - as well as establishing The Playground Theatre in Latimer Road in a former bus depot. Gus also curates music festivals (www.thegreatbrainrobbery.co.uk), London nightclubs and other venues (www.gusrobertsonpresents.com) and is a musician himself and has played guitar for the likes of Mick Jones of The Clash and Razorlight.
The “Live at The Amadeus” will see the venue host a series of concerts for the first time in many years. These will take the form of seven intimate shows, each with only 100 guests, presented roughly biweekly from March 4th 2022, sponsored by Black Cow Vodka who will be providing fantastic cocktails at the bar and Red Cat Lighting and Rigs n Gigs providing the lighting and sound equipment respectively.
Virtuoso singer Ma Su and Redberry (composer/instrumentalist) began their work together encapsulated in the genre straddling ‘Croc-opera’ Berry had been writing. Drawing on the rich gospel education of Ma Su’s youth and Berry’s classical training, they between them sculpted a new music that would enhance and intensify the originality of Berry’s work. A partnership naturally developed between the pair, born of a mutual love of the early traditions of black folk music. Both were convinced of its deserved place among the pantheon of the greats . Having an unusual, serendipitous mutual musical understanding, the duo continued their pursuit of the forgotten and unsung pieces of a golden age that had had such an influence of their initial work together. And naturally, both being natural performers, they embarked upon a mission to illuminate the world to the delights of their version of the classics ,and to humbly add their own ardent voices to the pile of treasure left by the greats.
Utilising steel guitars , golden vocals, honky-tonk pianos, rocking chairs and boa-constrictor tambourines, this remarkable pair mesmerise the uninitiated, enthral the aficionados and as their tap shod feet shuffle rhythms on a sand strewn floor, their music will work its transportive magic on any lucky enough to be within earshot!
Ma Su (Susan Harriott) has a been a professional singer for almost thirty years. Trained at Italia Conti, she got her first gig backing for the 90’s pop group Snap. She sung and taught with The London Community Gospel Choir and Kingdom Choir for many years and her grounding in gospel blues and Jazz opened many doors in her career. She toured the globe extensively with Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend, Rumer and Mutya Buena (Sugar Babes) and her backing vocals can be heard on the tracks of Adele, Madonna, Michael Bolton, Westlife, and many more. She has appeared on most major television programmes such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen Degeneres, Studio 60, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel to name a few. Susan is currently working in London’s newest and sauciest Opera, The Crocodile of Kang Pow. She is a sought after session and touring singer and has established a fun and accessible community choir called The London Pub Choir.
Redberry (Darren Berry) was born in London in 1974. Trained at the Royal Ballet & Arts Educational Schools, his formative years saw him performing as a dancer in operas & ballets in theatres all over the world. He is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and has written and released records on major labels with bands and also as a solo artist. He scores music for television, film, and plays. His work includes the HBO series Art-land, Channel 4’s The Turner Prize, along with installations at the Tate modern. He writes songs with and for other artists, winning a Grammy for the eponymously titled “La Roux” album, and has toured the planet as a session musician, musical director, orchestral arranger and composer, and has also written an opera.
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