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Barbican announces Maria Schneider Orchestra and Jane Birkin for 2022

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Maria Schneider Orchestra
Sat 29 Jan 2022, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £20 – 35 + booking fee

Grammy-award winning band leader Maria Schneider and her eighteen-piece jazz orchestra return to the Barbican for the first time since 2008. Schneider’s ensemble is made up of some of the world’s finest jazz musicians today, and in writing for them Schneider tailors her compositions to the creative voices in the group to create music that blurs the line between genres.
Schneider and her orchestra will be performing their latest multi-award-winning double-album Data Lords, released in 2020. The album, which has been called ‘the most daring work of Schneider’s career’, is both a cry against dystopian clutter and exploitation, and a paean to nature, connection and inspiration. Scenically spacious and luminously harmonised, Data Lords is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has won two GRAMMY Awards, been named Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and NPR and was winner of France's prestigious Grand Prix de l'Académie du Jazz.
Produced by the Barbican
On sale to Barbican patrons and members on Wed 28 July 2021
On general sale on Fri 30 July 2021
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Jane Birkin
Sat 5 Feb 2022, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £25 – 35 + booking fee 

Singer, songwriter and actress Jane Birkin returns to the Barbican to perform tracks from her most recent album Oh! Pardon tu dormais… accompanied by her band.
Oh! Pardon tu dormais….was born in 2020 in collaboration with Étienne Daho and Jean-Louis Piérot. The album traces and soundtracks Birkin’s life - encompassing romance, tragedy and acceptance - weaving Birkin and Daho’s texts with Daho and Piérot’s music to create a wistful and reflective collection of ballads.
Birkin most recently performed at the Barbican in 2017 to present a symphonic tribute to her long-term partner, Serge Gainsbourg and returns now, shifting focus onto her own experience and bringing with her, in her own words, “a backpack filled with memories”.
Produced by the Barbican In association with Como No!
On sale to Barbican patrons and members on Wed 28 July 2021
On general sale on Fri 30 July 2021
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Floating Points – Promises: Through Congress + Reflections: Mojave Desert (U)
Wed 25 Aug, Barbican Sculpture Court, 8.30pm
Tickets £15

Barbican Cinema is delighted to present a late summer programme of evening Outdoor Cinema screenings (24 – 29 Aug 2021), featuring a double bill of films from Floating Points – the pioneering electronic music composer – including the European premiere of Promises: Through Congress (USA 2021, Dir Trevor Tweeten) a collaboration between Julie Mehretu, Floating Points, and filmmaker Trevor Tweeten. The film features Mehretu’s expansive painting Congress (2003) and Promises, the acclaimed album from Floating Points and jazz titan Pharoah Sanders, featuring the Barbican’s Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra.
Screening in the same programme is Reflections – Mojave Desert, a short film directed by Anna Diaz Ortuño (USA 2017, Dir Anna Diaz Ortuño), including a sound-track by Floating Points; ambient sounds creep into the recording, with bird calls and the sound of wind captured by microphones placed in the desert.
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Darbar Festival 2021
Thu 21 – Sun 24 October 2021, various venues 
Tickets £15 – 100 plus booking fee

Produced by Darbar Arts Culture and Heritage Trust (Darbar) in partnership with the Barbican
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EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 at the Barbican
12-21 November 2021
Tickets £18 – 40 plus booking fee & £12.50 (livestream) 

Presented by Barbican Associate Producer Serious
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