This highly original 9 piece orchestra brings a twist of western folk and classical elements into traditional Zimbabwean mbira music. Ombiviolum’s soundworld is based on the polyrhythmic patterns of the mbiras locking in, their haunting sound rising amongst the buzz of shells and bottle tops, the irresistible pulse of the black seeded hosho shaker, your ears hearing things that aren’t there... An oboe floats high above the rich percussive texture. Then the strings take off, the groove thickens, folk melodies merge with mbira lines, 4 -part harmony singing, percussion and virtuoso dance. The Ombiviolum has arrived.
Recent appearances in the South West include:
Bristol Harbour Festival, Bath Fringe, Quest and
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