At Lakeside Arts Centre, an 11-piece ensemble from the Nu Civilisation Orchestra – including original Tomorrow’s Warriors trumpeter Byron Wallen – premiered a set of simply sublime music by Jamaican free form jazz genius, Joe Harriott specially orchestrated by Musical Director, Peter Edwards and including four new pieces created by Peter as part of the Lively Up! Festival commission.
The orchestra was set in the space against a backdrop of fascinating stop-start film footage of visual artist, Emma Godebska creating the extraordinary pictures commissioned as part of the collaboration with Peter and the orchestra. The finished art works were hung in the gallery space where Emma made herself available to discuss her work.
The short video here is a sneak peak on one of the orchestra’s early rehearsals for this project: Parallel – Where Music Meets Art.
It’s wonderful to see Tomorrow’s Warriors alumnus and Musical Director, Peter Edwards growing in stature and confidence as he conducts what must surely be one of the UK’s top jazz orchestras.
Lots of excitement in the Dune office as the kick off for our Lively Up! Festival looms ever closer. Just two days to go to the first clutch of shows. We’re starting in Nottingham, the city where the original Bob Marley and the Wailers Catch A Fire tour started!
A small posse of us are heading up to Nottingham today to launch the festival alongside the New Art Exchange’s fabulous I Is Another exhibition this evening (Thu 27 September), and then the festival starts in earnest on Friday in Nottingham with Catch A Fire and Mango Spice at Royal Concert Hall, Parallel – A Tribute To Joe Harriott at Lakeside Arts, Steppin’ Over dance party at Nottingham Contemporary