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This concert closes the 2018 Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum. For full details of the daytime forum events, please click here: https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2018/may/middle-east-and-central-asia-music-forum

Melange seamlessly blend music from North Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean, incorporating both traditional and original material into a dynamic and lively on-stage show. Formed by cellist Shirley Smart, after 10 years in Jerusalem studying and playing the music of the region, Melange is a true reflection of modern cosmopolitanism, comprising musicians from Greece, Spain, Morocco, Iraq, Italy and the UK. Recent performances include the Songlines Encounters Festival, World Village Festival, IGNITE series at the Royal Albert Hall National Portrait Gallery, St. Ethelburgas, National Theatre, Green Note, Forge, Rich Mix, Wiltons Music Hall, Edge of the World Festival and the Vortex Jazz Club.

Melange host the monthly Gypsy Nights sessions at the Ritzy in Brixton. They also performed recently on the BBC's World on 3 Sessions. Their second album "Via Maris" featuring a blend of original and traditional material, was released to great critical acclaim on Two Rivers records in 2016.