BRASS – Durham International Festival is a Durham Brass Initiative event that promises to deliver the ultimate ‘global’ music experience, as the frenetic fortnight of fun intends to take people on a cultural journey by sampling music from various countries around the world.
Kiku talks about her passion for music and why she’s attracted to the sound of Brass. She said: “I’m always drawn to instruments with an organic sound, which definitely includes brass instruments. I do appreciate all styles of music, but I have always loved the many sounds and styles that brass can adapt to.”
Kiku is in good company on the bill of this year’s BRASS – Durham International Festival, with acts coming to the UK from all over the world; other star-studded names include: The Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar (from Serbia); Bellowhead – (UK – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2007 winners of Best Group, Best Album and Best Live Act); Jack Brass Band (from USA); Oren Marshall – (from UK – described as the “Jimi Hendrix” of the tuba); The Brazz Brothers (from Norway – they are recognised as one of Europe’s premier ensembles); Jaipur Kawa Brass Band (from India who will be marching in this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala); YBS Brass Band conducted by Ray Farr (from UK – one of the world’s leading Brass bands); Dennis Rollins & Badbone (UK) and Mnozil Brass (from Austria – they played in 2006 to rave reviews and a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall).
The full line up for BRASS – Durham International Festival can be found in the Notes to Editors section or on the official BRASS website www.brassfestival.co.uk
Kiku Collins is a multi-talented performer who can play the trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, pocket trumpet and valve trombone… she also finds time to be a vocalist and aspiring actress. Kiku is a proud mother to a beautiful daughter – who also plays the trumpet. Kiku’s 4th July concert will be made extra special, as she’ll be joined on stage by a selection of the Northeast’s top Brass-based musicians. Kiku talks of how flattered she is to have been asked to perform at BRASS – Durham International Festival. She says: “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the love of brass sounds and sensibility. I know the line-up will be an eclectic collection of styles and sounds. I am excited to bring my music to a new group of ears, and to share with musicians who I am sure will be wonderful to work with!”
Kiku also describes the feeling of when all of the creative pieces fit into place when she’s on stage or in the studio. Kiku adds: “I absolutely love the feeling when things ‘click’ live, or in the studio. It makes me smile inside and out, and reassures me that while the music business can be difficult at times, it’s all worth it… because it makes me happy and keeps me challenged! It’s amazing when you’re in the studio and you realise you’ve got ‘the take’, or when you’re on stage and your instrument sings effortlessly – it feels magical!”
Kiku on working with Beyonce:
Kiku said: “Touring with Beyonce was busy and wonderful. She’s a woman with a gift and the determination to make it all work. She hears things that many musicians don’t. I’m looking forward to working with her again – she taught me a lot as a performer and is a very empowering woman to know.”
Neil Hillier, Arts Development Manager for Durham County Council, said: “Having Kiku Collins performing in the region symbolises the ambition of BRASS – Durham International Festival. We are wanting people to realise just how serious we are about putting the festival well and truly on the world music map and hopefully Kiku and her music counterparts can do this for us.”
Kiku Collins will be performing at Elvet Methodist Church in Durham City on Wednesday 4th July commencing at 20:00 – tickets are priced £8.50 / £7 (purchasing details listed below).
BRASS – Durham International Festival commences on Sunday 1st July and runs through until Sunday 15 July – for further information [dates, times and ticket prices] please visit the official website: www.brassfestival.co.uk
People can purchase tickets for all of the events by calling the ticket-line on +44 (0) 191 332 4041 or by visiting the Gala Theatre, Durham box office, alternatively you can book online via www.galadurham.co.uk