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Des Oliver: The Diasporic Quartets

LSO Discovery: Jerwood Composer+ Showcase

Composers Des Oliver, Dominique Le Gendre, Tunde Jegede and Philip Herbert

Explore the music, ideas and experiences of British-based classical composers from the African diaspora, as Des Oliver showcases the music of composers who featured in his landmark online series.

Works for string quartet express each composer’s relationship with heritage and tradition. Tunde Jegede’s second quartet is an authentic synthesis of West African and classical musical traditions. French Caribbean, French classical music and pop suffuse Dominique Le Gendre’s sound-world. Drawing on his Russian and Eritrean heritage, Daniel Kidane brings elements of grime and urban music to his work, while a new commission by Philip Herbert finds inspiration in African-American spirituals and English pastoral music.

Des Oliver present his musical response to the underlying themes of influence, heritage, identity and representation in his new work The Diasporic Quartets. Building on his documentary series, the work takes inspiration from each composer's music and their interactions during filming, interspersed with documentary excerpts.

Documentary series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence was commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection.

The concert ends at approximately 9.30pm, including an interval.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the scheme

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