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The Coronet Theatre Jazz Festival 2023: Dynamics Of Dialogue (Ft Trinity Laban Big Band)

Come and hear the future stars of jazz playing the newly commissioned original music of Byron Wallen in the first of two gigs with the Trinity Laban Big Band & Jazz Orchestra.

Over the past decade, Trinity Laban jazz graduates have reinvigorated the UK jazz scene and gained worldwide acclaim: artists such as Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Xhosa Cole, Laura Jurd, and Deschanel Gordon, bands like Empirical and Ezra Collective.

Musicians coming through Trinity Laban have recently claimed numerous awards and nominations, including two BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Awards, multiple Jazz FM Awards, Parliamentary Jazz Awards and MOBO Awards, and the Mercury Prize in 2023, the first ever to go to a jazz group. Tonight’s concert showcases the talents of a new generation of jazz students in an exciting double bill of Byron Wallen’s music.

 

Dynamics of Dialogue

Dynamics of Dialogue explores how a small rhythmic and melodic musical cell can be expanded to produce fully developed, dynamic compositions. The inspiration is from the Yelli songs of the Central African Baka and Aka tribes, poetry from the “conference of the birds” by the Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar and the Christian book of Psalms.

 

Line-up

Trumpets: Toby Young (lead), Mejedi Owusu, Alex Polack, Tom Stringer, Tom Gaddes

Trombones: Matt Seddon (lead), Olivia Hughes, Jai Patel, Christ-Stephane Boizi

Euphonium: Cameron Scott

Alto Sax (+sop): Otto Kampa, Lauren Breen

Tenor Sax (+sop): Emma Jackson, Jacob Wilson (plus Bass Clarinet)

Baritone Sax: Charles Rothwell (plus Bass Clarinet)

Piano: Tom O’Brien

Bass: Kielan Sheard

Drums: Sam Nicholls

Percussion: Sophie Warner

Guitar: Barney Anderson

Vocals and Spoken Word: Daisy Holder, Folakemi De Souza, Byron Wallen

 

Also on 08 Dec

9:15pm – Byron Wallen presents Langston Hughes (ft. Trinity Laban Big Band)

Each band costs £20. Book two events in the same night and get £10 off and free entry to a screening of the film Revelations in Small Steps.

 

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Byron Wallen
Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. In the mid 1980’s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice. Wallen’s first major work, Tarot Suite, (1994) was inspired by a love of mythology and symbolism, which reflected the archetypal journey of human life through an interdisciplinary pan-continental approach. Wallen’s study of cognitive psychology has aided his transition towards conceptualising music as a medium for healing. Wallen raises awareness and invokes change by unlocking boundaries through the nature and science of sound. Widely recognised as a seminal figure in Jazz, Wallen is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by The London Science Museum; PRS For Music, The BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones. Wallen’s current PRS commission ‘Anthem for Woolwich’ forges new links between schools, venues, musicians and residents to strengthen the resilience and promote the cohesion of the community. Wallen has received the BBC Jazz Innovation award (2003) and has been nominated several times for the MOBO award.