SANDEEP Raval is one of the most versatile multi-disciplined instrumentalist/composers performing in this country today.
Trained in Indian classical music, Raval, has performed as a session musician, writer and composer, including collaborating with James Asher on four albums. He has also performed live with the composer Kuljit Bhamra, and played for the West End musicals Bombay Dreams and The Far Pavilions.
He is trained in classical Indian music as a drummer, but mixes his music with Western styles, mainly jazz.
Mosaic in Motion tour 2010 is another such concept, showcasing a range of unusual percussion instruments, such as the hang drum (or UFO drum, as it is more commonly described), and zen drum.
These live stage performances will feature two 45-minute sets combing the best of eastern percussion with jazz, featuring tracks from his latest album Mosaic In Motion.
Sandeep will also be joined by a group of accomplished musicians along with guest artists, Mahesh Vinayakram on vocals and Graham Roberts on classical guitar.
what? Mosaic in Motion 2010 Tour. where? Watermans Art Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS when? June 4-5, at 7.45pm cost? £15, £12 (£10 conc.) see: www.www.watermans.org.uk call: box office 020 8232 1010
NOMINATED as best newcomer in Edinburgh, comic Jack Whitehall has a host of titles and live appearances under his belt.
He won the best newcomer accolade for his debut fringe show, Jack Whitehall: Nearly Rebellious, last August, aged only 21.
The show received rave reviews and completely sold out, with an extra date added due to public demand. In August he returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new stand-up show, which he will be previewing at the Drayton.
Whitehall recently hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks and last year co-wrote and hosted TNT Show on Channel 4.
In 2009, he hosted Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth for its three-week run live on E4.
what? Jack Whitehall at The Drayton where? The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, W13 8PH when? Tonight, Friday (May 28) at 9pm cost? £9 see: www.wegottickets.com call: 020 8997 1019
See unique works
ORGANISED by the Acton Arts Forum, the 2010 Arts Summer Show exhibition is open to contributions from professional artists, community arts and students.
It exhibits work from fine artists, photographers, sculptors, ceramic artists, print makers, multi-media practitioners and digital artists as well as providing an opportunity to see the kind of creative work that is going on in the borough, and giving the chance to buy a unique work of art.
what? Arts Summer Show 2010 where? Acton High School, Gunnersbury Lane, Acton, W3 8EY when? June 5 to 8, Saturday-Sunday, 2-5pm, Monday and Tuesday, 10am-3pm. cost? Free entry. Work for sale. call: Rachel Pepper: 0208 993 6158 see: firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympics provides the inspiration
AN Olympic-inspired exhibition, boasting more than 20 cultural events and artworks, is being run by Thames Valley University.
The programme has been developed through the Creative Campus Initiative (CCI), a consortium of 13 universities, who will be commissioning creative and media work inspired by Olympic and Paralympic sports. One project, Degree of Difficulty, is a multi-sensory celebration, where students have incorporated the diving skills of British divers Rebecca Gallantree and Stacie Powell into a hybrid artwork involving music, film and animation.
what? Creative Campus at TVU where? Thames Valley University, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RF when? Until May 29, today (28) 10am-8pm and tomorrow (29) 10am-5pm cost? Free see: www.tvu.ac.uk/cci call: 020 8231 2919
Experience a slice of Elizabethan life at the Globe
LIVE demonstrations, sword fighting and Elizabethan dressing up are some of the exciting half-term events on offer at the beautiful Globe Theatre.
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Theatre Tour will be open throughout the summer half-term and is a perfect destination for families wanting to discover more about Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked.
New for 2010 are vouchers for the exhibition (including family tickets), which are valid up to three months from the date of purchase and give visitors £1 off the entrance gate price.
Elizabethan dressing uses clothes from the Globe Theatre wardrobe to explain the intricacies of dressing and the significance of clothing to Elizabethan society.
Using a full-size recreation of a 17th century printing press, printing demonstrations will show visitors the sophisticated methods behind the production of play texts and books.
When there are no theatre performances, entry to the exhibition includes a 30-minute tour of the Globe. During matinee performances, guided tours will visit the archaeological site of the Rose Theatre, built in 1587 on Bankside. Discovered in 1989, it is the only Elizabethan theatre to be excavated on a large scale, providing the Globe reconstruction project with valuable information about how Elizabethan theatres were designed.
what? Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Theatre Tour. where? Globe Theatre, Bankside, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT when? Half-term, May 31 to June 4. Times vary cost? From £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children, with concessions for seniors, students and groups see: www.globe-shop.com call: 020 7902 1500