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Slava and Derek playing music together

Twin cities celebrated in Twin Tone festival

The Twin Tones festival links art from sister cities, Coventry and Volgograd.

Earlier this year Coventry artists Talking Birds travelled to Volgograd in Russia to meet artists working in the city, which has been twinned with Coventry since 1944.

As a result, from 26 October until 14 November, Talking Birds presents the Twin Tones season, a series of events bringing together work of artists from Coventry, Volgograd and beyond.

"Slava is a musical magician . . . and we are really pleased to bring this rare opportunity for Coventry audiences to hear him play."
Derek Nisbet, Talking Birds

The season includes an exhibition at The Herbert as part of Coventry Peace Month in which the work of Volgograd artists will be “twinned” with work by Coventry artists.

It also features performances in Coventry and London by composer and musical inventor Slava Mishin. Slava makes his UK debut with his orchestra of unique, self-designed instruments.

Derek Nisbet of Talking Birds says:

“During our recent visit to Volgograd we found many affinities and connection between the cities.  In the Other Coventry Other Volgograd exhibition we have twinned the work artists of both cities in order to illustrate a the common interests that we found.

"For example we have paired Volgograd photographer Leonid Toprover's pictures of Volgograd with of Alan van Wijgerden's pictures of Coventry.  They both show a remarkable eye for the colour and detail that exists in a city but is easy to overlook."

Click the link below to see a photo gallery showing examples of Alan and Leonid's work.

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twin<>tones - Full Listings

Sights and sounds from Coventry, Volgograd and beyond: 26 Oct - 14 Nov 2006

twin<>tones 1: Music from Slava Mishin + Thomas Truax.

Thursday 26 October, 8pm, Taylor John's House, Tickets: £4 (024 7655 9958)

twin<>talk: Music and discussion

Monday 30th October, 6.45pm, Herbert Cafe, The Herbert, Admission free

other coventry<>other volgograd: exhibition

Tuesday 31st October - Tuesday 14th November, The Herbert, Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 12 noon – 5pm, Admission free

twin<>tones 3: Music by Slava Mishin and friends

Thursday 2nd November, 1.05pm,  Room ET101 (1st Floor), Ellen Terry Building, (former Odeon Cinema), Coventry University, Admission free, donations welcome.

last updated: 19/10/06
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