LIVE MUSIC in the film world's best kept secret:


Tickets: £14
At Sands: Tea & coffee included with your ticket.
Come early/stay late for stronger beverages in the local pubs!

Sands Films Studios, 82 St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 4HZ



Wed 10th May, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

The city of Istanbul inherits its name from the Greek "Eis tēn polin" meaning 'into the city'. Born in Istanbul, Barlas' music is a call into this evolving metropolis. Through his guitar, he reflects on Anatolian culture and folk traditions of storytelling, like those of Asik Veysel, whilst blending them with contemporary frictions & expressions of living in Turkey in what are now volatile times.

Barlas Tan Özemek on Youtube


Wed 24th May, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Brazilian 7-string guitar player and composer Luiz Morais joins with vocalist Gabriela Kozyra to present a sparkling array of Brazilian tunes. Classics of Bossa Nova & Samba are complimented by new music from young Brazilian composers with diverse regional flavours & rhythms. A must for lovers of Brazilian music, past and present!

Gabriela Kozyra's website

Luiz Morais' website


Wed 7th Jun, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Phaxsi Coca, Camilo Menjura and Diego Laverde combine three elements whose essence is that of wood, strings and bamboo: traditional pipes from the Andes including sikus and qenas, the guitar and the dulcet sounds of the "arpa llanera" harp whose fiery & energetic rhythms of the "joropo" melodies represent the plains that straddle Colombia and Venezuela. The Indigenous, European & African heritage of the people of this region is reflected in the warm & joyful rhythms played by these acclaimed musicians from Bolivia and Colombia.

The trio on Youtube in a recent performance.

Camilo Menjura's website


Midsummer Special

Wed 21st Jun, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

"Among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet" (The Australian). Touring their fourth album 'First Dance on Second Avenue' - a journey across Eastern Europe and beyond, She'Koyokh starts out in 1950s New York and finishes up in a Turkish sauna, via Romanian mountains & Serbian villages, featuring klezmer, virtuosic Balkan dances & soulful songs from Albania, Armenia & Bulgaria.

She'Koyokh's website


Wed 5th Jul, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

Singer, songwriter and song-collector, Kalia, presents contemporary music of her Cretan homeland. Vassilis Chatzimakris (Cretan lyra & mandolin), Nikos Ziarkas (Cretan laouto & electric guitar), and Theodoris Ziarkas (double bass) make up her quartet. Kalia herself sings and plays nay, thiaboli, mandoura pipes and daoulaki. Fast and furious dances blend with soulful laments in original compositions and innovative arrangements from one of the most dynamic living music traditions in the Eastern Mediterranean today.

Kalia's website


Wed 19th Jul, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films

"One of Madagascar's true musical icons" (R2 Magazine), singer and guitarist Hanitra is making waves and on tour with her latest album "Lasa". Her seasoned vocals rise and fall effortlessly through an ever-changing landscape as she melds tradition with contemporary issues in her songs, both in homage to all women and one woman in particular, French-Canadian singer Lhasa de Sela.

Hanitra's website

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