Carleen Anderson - Cage Street Memorial

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


Carleen Anderson describes her Cage Street Memorial as a ‘tribal opera’; a profound musing on identity and a deeply personal take on the last century. Following a heart-warming narrative, it features her original compositions drawn from Jazz, Soul and Gospel alongside spoken word - all enhanced by a band led by vibraphonist Orphy Robinson with digital image mapping backdrops including photos from the family album.   

Born in Texas and reared on the sounds of the Pentecostal Gospel church where her Grandfather was pastor, Carleen moved across the Atlantic to the UK in 1990, performing as the lead singer of The Young Disciples, the Brand New Heavies, a host of celebrated collaborations as well as her individual works beginning with a Brit Award nomination for her first solo album, True Spirit. Her Cage Street Memorial looks at this journey and the difficulties she experienced as a single mother in a new country, as well as the kinship she feels to her ancestral home in Louisiana. 

Opening for Carleen is Zara McFarlane - whose album Arise released late 2017 - following her sell out EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 show which received high praise, 'when she let her voice soar and tumble, scatting here, sliding there, playing with phrasing, she was magnificent' (★★★★☆ Evening Standard).