Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican and East London for their second International Associate Residency next weekSupported by the SHM Foundation and the City Bridge Trust
Tuesday 3 July 2012
Next week, the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis return to the Barbican for their second International Associate residency. Between 10 July and 26 July, there will be concerts performed by some of America’s finest jazz musicians, workshops, masterclasses and a special Midsummer Night’s Swing Dance. The residency is part of London 2012 Festival.
The visit begins on 10 July with the European premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Congo Square – co-written with Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. The piece combines traditional African music with jazz and celebrates the historic Congo Square site in New Orleans, the only location in America where African slaves were allowed to perform music and dance from their motherland. Yacub Addy's celebrated Ghanaian percussion and vocal ensemble Odadaa! joins the orchestra on stage.
On 13 July the residency continues with the world premiere of the complete score of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass. This large-scale work brings together the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with a 60-voice Barbican Mass Choir (featuring Croydon SDA Gospel Choir & London Adventist Chorale), conducted by Damien Sneed. Before the concert, at 5.30pm, the Joshua Jaswon Quartet performs on the Barbican FreeStage.
A Midsummer Night’s Swing Dance on 14 July is an unmissable evening of red-hot swing for dance-lovers featuring a UK all-star Big Band with special guests from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the stunning setting of the newly-refurbished Bishopsgate Institute.
On 16 July the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis are joined by The Pedrito Martinez Group , plus musicians Ariacne Trujillo, Jhair Sala , Alex Wilson and Omar Puente for a concert entitled Afro-Cuban Fiesta. The concert explores the connection between the American jazz big band tradition and Afro-Cuban jazz. Before the concert, at 5.30pm, the Adam Chatterton / Ru Pattison Group perform music of Freddie Hubbard on the Barbican FreeStage, followed by the a cappella vocal group VIVE at 6.30pm.
Another highlight of the residency is the UK premiere of Wynton Marsalis' symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing, Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3). The new work can be heard at the Barbican on 25 & 26 July performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Before the concert on 25 July, at 5.30pm, the Jo Wallfisch Duo performs on the Barbican FreeStage, followed by the Miguel Gorodi Quartet at 6.30pm.
Throughout the residency the Jazz at Lincoln Center Education department and the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning Division offer a diverse programme of events:
- On 10 July at 2pm there will be a free Big Band Masterclass at Guildhall Lecture Recital Room during which members of the JALC Faculty perform with the Guildhall Big Band under the direction of Martin Hathaway (Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama).
- On 11 July, JALC faculty musicians and Guildhall School jazz musicians under the guidance of Martin Hathaway perform a celebratory concert at the Spice of Life jazz club in Soho.
- A free East London Community Concert takes place on 12 July giving community members (including local care homes and school children) a chance to hear the JALC Faculty and meet the musicians.
- The East London Creative Jazz Orchestra, a band of young jazz musicians from across East London, performs newly created pieces inspired by the Abyssinian Mass in the Barbican foyers on 13 July, working closely with JALC Faculty musicians who will also perform alongside them. The band is formed of up to 30 young people selected in partnership with Music Services from the ten Olympic Gateway Boroughs under the artistic direction of Band Director Paul Griffiths.
- The first UK-wide version of Jazz at Lincoln Center's acclaimed Essentially Ellington High School Big Band Jazz programme culminates in a full day of performances in the Barbican Hall on 14 July. The programme is based on the hugely successful annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival which is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Eleven youth jazz orchestras of all standards from across the UK have been learning traditional big band charts and receiving workshops delivered by teams of UK and US jazz musicians. The competition will be judged by Julian Joseph, Issie Barratt and JALC faculty members.
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About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Our creative learning programme further underpins everything we do. In 2012 we celebrate the Olympic year with many of our projects forming part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival – it is also our 30th Birthday year. Over 1.5 million people pass through our doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. Our architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinema One (with Cinemas Two and Three opening in Beech Street in Autumn 2012), Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.
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Barbican International Associates
In 2009, the Barbican announced innovative new partnerships with five of the world’s leading ensembles. Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Associates which come to the Centre for regular residencies. These residencies involve symphonic and chamber music concerts, family events, new commissions, educational and outreach work. The residencies also allow the Barbican to take its own music programming more directly to communities in East London, with events in other venues in the Olympic host boroughs in the run up to 2012 and beyond. Each residency is designed to illustrate the unique musical tradition and sound of these great ensembles. The International Associates programme is supported by the SHM Foundation, the City Bridge Trust, the Gordon family, the Körber Foundation, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Embassy of the United States of America.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio series, television and webstreamed programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curricula for students, music publishing, children’s concerts, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and Chairman Lisa Schiff, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world. For more information visit www.jalc.org
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, composed of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra for over 15 years. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the remarkably versatile Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the world; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks, river boats, and churches; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Sy Oliver, Oliver Nelson and many others. Guest conductors have included Benny Carter, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Chico O'Farrill, Ray Santos, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Robert Sadin, David Berger, Gerald Wilson and Loren Schoenberg.
About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummers Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.
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