From 5 at August 28, 2022the Edinburgh International Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary and 75 years of bringing the world’s most exciting artists to Scotland’s capital. From jazz and electronic dance pioneers to hip-hop and indie rock stars, the lineup celebrates the diversity of artists from Scotland and around the world.
Audiences will experience 15 performances featuring an array of international artists in 7 countries, from Scotland to Pakistan and Romania to Cuba. This year marks a return to the historic Leith Theater for the first time since 2019, alongside a unique special performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Highlights include legendary jazz pianist and 14-time Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancockwho returns to Scotland for the first time in over 17 years for a unique performance at the Edinburgh Theater. His genre-transcending jazz-funk-fusion ensemble, accompanied by an ensemble with a powerful band of heavyweight players, presents the rich catalog of his six-decade career.
After sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, The film orchestra announce their first live performance of 2022 at the iconic Leith Theatre. Virtuoso bassist and revolutionary electronic music producer square pusher (aka Tom Jenkinson) performs a special live performance on the 25th anniversary of his heavily jazz-influenced debut album, Feed me weird things. His set also includes Scotland’s first performance of tracks from his 2020 release fueled by a dancing analog synth, Be a hello. Electronic musician and composer, known in the techno world as “The Wizard”, Jeff Mills makes its debut at the International Festival with its latest project Tomorrow comes the harvestwith Jean Phi Dary and Indo-French tabla maestro Prabhu Edwardshowcasing a musical career that has crossed artistic boundaries from sci-fi-inspired techno to classic collaboration.
Mercury Prize Shortlisted Artist Kae Storm returns to the Leith Theater for the first time since their debut in 2019, with a set fueled by resilience and acceptance following the release of their fourth album The line is a curve in April. Saxophonist Shabaka hutcheswho appeared at the 2021 Festival with The Comet is Coming, returns to Edinburgh with the Mercury Prize nominees Son of Kemet their final performance in the UK before their announced split.
Franco-Cuban duo Noemie and Lisa Kainde Diaz from Ibeyi create a fusion of R&B and art pop deeply rooted in Cuban traditions, performing tracks from their latest studio album Spell 31. The lineup also includes the 2022 Grammy Award winner Arooj Aftabthe first Pakistani person to win a Grammy, is a rising star who combines traditional Sufi poetry with genre-blending musical soundscapes.
Traditional music returns to the International Festival with performances at the Leith Theatre. Romanian folk supergroup Taraf De Caliu opens the Leith Theater series with their authentic folk jams, led by the violinist Gheorghe “Caliu” Anghel and other members of the real Taraf of Haïdouks. irish collective Martin Hayes and the Common Ground ensemble explores a Celtic sound through the award-winning violin playing of Martin Hayes. The explosive Niteworks: Comann closes the International Festival Leith Theater series with their unique fusion of traditional and electronic sounds in a special show celebrating the community of the Gaelic music scene, with sian, beth malcolm and members of Kinnaris Quintet.
For lineup and ticket details, visit www.eif.co.uk/whats-on/category/contemporary-music