Laka D & Guests
Kicking off the Various Voices festival, singer and composer Laka D performs an intimate and joyful set of rhythm and song with old friends multi-instrumentalist and singer Jennifer Maidman, and trombonist Annie Whitehead.
After playing and recording with the all female jazz group the Guest Stars, Laka moved into the world of theatre composition and performance, working with New York’s Split Britches and white-face drag clowns Bloolips. Several seasons with Gay Sweatshop included the award-winning musical Stupid Cupid. All the time she carried on writing her own exuberant and imaginative songs, working with many groups as pianist and singer as well as leading her own bands. She sang with all women 60’s band Emma Peel Fan Club, and currently can be seen and heard out with The Electric Landladies.
She works with groups of every description, elders, children, dance students and office workers, and regularly conducts large groups of children in singing festivals. In 2008 she composed a piece for 800 singers with Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Lemn Sissay to welcome the arrival of the Olympic Torch.