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Mark Kidel

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Mark is a documentary filmmaker and writer specialising in the arts and music. Recent films include "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance ", "Road Movie: A Portrait of John Adams", "Painting the Moment", a film about the French painter Fabienne Verdier and "Martin Amis's England". He is current developing a feature-length documentary on Sly and the Family Stone and a film about Cary Grant

Articles by Mark Kidel

WOMAD 2, Charlton Park

Trudging through the mud at last weekend’s WOMAD provided fleeting moments of random entertainment, as if surfing old-style across the bandwidths of a short-wave radio, you’d stumble unexpectedly on...

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Chaka Khan, Ronnie Scott's

The voice is the pinnacle of instruments, the surefire road to the heart. But the core humanity which distinguishes it can work both ways: the vulnerability displayed so powerfully in human song...

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CD: Xaos - Chaos

The Xaos project arises out of a lineage that goes back to the early days of the world music phenomenon, at the start of the 1980s, when Jon Hassell spoke of “Fourth World” sounds, and David Byrne...

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CD: Richard Thompson - Still

The songs of Richard Thompson have always been tinged with a hint of bitterness and anger, passions that are tempered by guitar paying of near-miraculous fluency. His new album, produced with...

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The School for Scandal, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Andrew Hilton’s immensely enjoyable Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory production of the Sheridan classic opens with a display of hilarious brio from Byron Mondahl, who steps into the intimate arena...

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Dennis Marks, 1948-2015

Dennis Marks, who has passed away at the young age of 66, was in every way larger than life. A talented and prolific music and arts documentary filmmaker, an inspired head of music for BBC Television...

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CD: Hanoi Masters - War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar

The music of melancholia takes on varied forms on different continents: the religious spirit and anger of the blues contrasts with the edgy rebelliousness of Greek rembetika, and the spiritual...

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CD: Boz Scaggs - A Fool To Care

There is languor about the swamps of the Southern USA that’s reflected in the drawl of local speech and the slow-paced sensuality of the music. Boz Scaggs, indefatigable lover of American roots music...

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Romeo and Juliet, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Teen spirit explodes time and time again in the intimate space of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory, with piercing electronic sounds, fierce lighting and a torrent of high-energy movement. The frenetic pace...

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CD: Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile

Songhoy Blues, a punchy guitar band with roots on the edge of the desert, take the downhome country sounds of Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum and Sidi Toure and give them a high-octane dose of urban...

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The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, Bristol Old Vic

Turning John Cleland’s 18th-century erotic classic Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure into a convincing stage play is a tall order. The book, a product of male fantasy, is a catalogue of sexual...

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CD: Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan closed his recent concerts with a heart-rending version of “Stay with Me”, a melancholy lament made famous by Frank Sinatra. It's worth remembering that, born in 1941, Bob Dylan didn’t grow...

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CD: Zun Zun Egui - Shackles Gift

Zun Zun Egui, who emerged from Bristol’s indie-boho scene a few years ago, are one of those bands who come closest to the essence of their potential when playing in an intimate and sweaty small venue...

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PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress, Artangel at Somerset House

Artangel continues to instigate extraordinary events in extraordinary places. Over the past two decades and more, directors Michael Morris and James Lingwood have helped generate major and ground-...

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CD: Africa Express Presents... Terry Riley's In C

If humanity first emerged in Africa, so did music, that’s for sure. The continent provides an endless reservoir of sounds and rhythms that have fed into blues, gospel, rock and jazz and influenced...

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Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen, grand rabbi of poetry and the blues, turned 80 this year, and like a perfectly matured brandy, he only gets better and better. On his most recent European tour, he managed to combine...

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Prom 16: Late Night with Radio 1, Pete Tong

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WOMAD 2015, Charlton Park

World Music Fest gets muddy but Senegalese and systems folk group shine

WOMAD 2, Charlton Park

Surfing across the global bandwidths at the top world music festival

Three Days in the Country, National Theatre

Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev’s classic is fun, but lacks subtlet...

Philharmonia, Davis, Three Choirs Festival

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A muscular psychedelic debut from Portugal that heads straight for the danc...