Meera Maharaj – flute
James Girling – guitar
Meraki Duo presents: Anansi and the Snake
Featuring music by Bartók, Piazzolla and Messiaen.
Join the Meraki Duo for an enchanting morning of folk tales and music. Appealing to children and adults alike, the Meraki duo performs music from around the world intertwined with the age-old tradition of storytelling.
In this concert, they will delve into the ancient Caribbean/West African ‘Anansi’ stories that tell of the adventures of a cunning spider.
Formed in 2013, the Meraki Duo enjoys exploring the diversity of repertoire available to the flute-guitar pairing while contributing new arrangements of their own. Meera Maharaj (flute) and James Girling (guitar) both studied at the RNCM, sharing a passion for chamber music that extends to jazz, works by contemporary composers, and Brazilian folk. They love performing in a wide variety of contexts and venues; most recently, these have included Swaledale Festival, St James’s Church in Piccadilly, Manchester Cathedral, and the Bridgewater Hall as part of Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend. They regularly perform for recital series across the UK, with recent concerts for Lake District Summer Music, Lymm Festival and Classical Cleveland. This year, they advanced to the final of the Royal Overseas League Competition (mixed ensembles category) in London.
Alongside their concert schedule, they endeavour to bring performances into the wider community. They are newly accepted artists on the Live Music Now scheme and often give workshops in schools across the North West, exploring music through storytelling. Additionally, they have enjoyed giving concerts at Wigmore Hall in partnership with the Wigmore Learning programme.
Saddleworth Museum in Uppermill OL3 6HS