Adriano Adewale and Friends


Venue Great Hall

Running time 90 minutes

Artists Adriano Adewale, Carlos Malta, Adrian Brendel, Joanna MacGregor


£15 - £20 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 12th August 7:45 pm

Book online below

About this event

An annual festival sell-out: the sensational Brazilian musician Adriano Adewale directs hot Latin American rhythm. Don’t miss the Dartington debut of Rio-born virtuoso Carlos Malta, who’s worked with Hermeto Pascoal, Pat Methany and Gil Evans.


Adriano Adewale percussion
Carlos Malta flutes, wind and saxophones
Adrian Brendel cello
Joanna MacGregor piano


Don’t miss:
Adriano’s new percussion concerto
In the Heart of Rhythm Ensemble
Stylish moves at the Samba Ball
The Passion of Piazzolla


The phenomenal Brazilian percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Adriano Adewale is one of the world’s great collaborators, with partners ranging from Salif Keita and Bobby McFerrin to Seu George and Britten Sinfonia. A charismatic performer and creator of dynamic projects of all kinds – from visual arts to dance and theatre – he has toured the world with his own distinctive sounds as well as working in partnership with artists from other art forms. Adriano has created soundtracks to accompany the work of fine artist Monica de Miranda, the British dance company Stacked Wonky, an animation based on Little Red Riding Hood, and performed in the Theatre Rites production, Mojo, a co-production with the Barbican and Salzburg Festival, which toured to New York. In 2011 he was commissioned by Joanna MacGregor at Bath International Music Festival to open the festival with Talking About Us, a large participatory work based on Children’s Rights, which involved over 200 young people performing in choirs as well as playing horns and percussion.


One of the biggest names active in Brazil wind-playing, Carlos Malta made more than thirty world tours around the world in the twelve years he was a soloist in Hermeto Pascoal’s band. He has also performed with Egberto Gismonti, Pat Metheny, Ernie Watts, Gil Evans, Marcus Miller, and Charlie Haden.


One of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. He continues to explore contemporary music with huge enthusiasm, alongside his passion for jazz and world music.


Joanna MacGregor is the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival, renowned for her worldwide collaborations, recordings and performances.


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About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

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Monday 12th August

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.