Pianist, composer, bandleader and nominee for the 2015 Jazz FM Breakthrough Artist Awards, Peter Edwards, looks into the year 1917, which was a defining year for jazz.
It saw the births of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Taking inspiration from the motifs found in six of the artists’ classic works, Peter Edwards’ piece, to be performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra (a Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble), deconstructs their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.
Performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra (a Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble)
Quote from Peter Edwards (composer):
“I am tremendously excited to be involved in the PRS New Music Biennial project and am looking forward to making the most of the development opportunities it offers, including in particular the creation of new music for Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Nu Civilisation Orchestra”.
This event is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial.
This 15-minute piece will be performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.