Venue: Main House
Dates: 11 November 2012
Price(s): £ 12 (concessions £6)
A special show for Remembrance Day and the opening weekend of the London Jazz Festival. The Grand Union Orchestra celebrates liberty and creative freedom with a spectacular line-up of jazz and world music performers from East London; the New Orleans of the 21st Century.
Remembrance Day 2012, on a weekend which sees London awash with jazz – an irresistible opportunity to commemorate the related themes of liberty and creative freedom, since jazz is both the music of the liberated and the most liberated of musics.
Hard on the heels of the huge success of The Golden Highway at the Empire in July, its contribution to the London 2012 Games, the much-loved Grand Union Orchestra returns with a special event for the London Jazz Festival.
Created by Grand Union’s composer/director Tony Haynes, the line-up includes three of the UK’s most exciting trumpet-players Byron Wallen, Shanti Paul Jayasinha and Kevin Robinson, internationally-fêted saxophonists Tony Kofi, Chris Biscoe and Louise Elliott, and great world musicians like Yousuf Ali Khan (tabla), Ketan Kerai (dhol, sarangi), Gypsy accordion virtuoso Ionel Mandache and Günes Cerit (voice, saz) from Turkey.
Joining them will be Grand Union Youth Orchestra – the next generation of creative young musicians from all London’s varied musical cultures – Somali, Gypsy and Bengali performers, a galaxy of solo singers including Lucy Rahman, Victoria Couper, Richard Scott and Jonathan André, and the renowned East London choir Eclectic Voices, under leader Scott Stroman.
A hundred years ago in New Orleans – the legendary birthplace of jazz – descendants of slaves took work-songs, rhythms and chants that can be traced back to Africa and mixed them with the music of the European colonists and Latin America to create an extraordinary and progressive new art-form.
East London at the beginning of this century is not so very different, where generations of migrants have helped create an equally exciting cultural melting-pot, and music from all over the world mixes and melds on a daily basis.
Liberation and Remembrance embodies this spirit, and celebrates the extraordinary wealth of music flourishing in London’s East End today.
Dates, Times and Prices
Performance: Sun 11 Nov 7.30pm
This show finished on: 11 Nov 2012