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    L.U.M.E. (Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble)

    Sun 14 Nov, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble
    Catia Barbosa

    The experimental big band project, created and led by composer Marco Barroso, joins us for their debut London performance.

    A 15-piece group, Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble (L.U.M.E.) is composed of some of the most experienced Portuguese jazz and classical musicians.

    L.U.M.E. is inspired by the tradition of the big band – updated in an intelligent, ironic and skilful fashion.

    Through experimentation and adaptation of rock and classical vocabularies, L.U.M.E. reconstructs the rich history of the Big Band heritage, escaping its more conventional standards to open up new perspectives.

    The music documented in L.U.M.E.’s work is groovy and abstract. It uses drones and complex counterpoints. It feeds on blues, enters into the realm of erudite music, and acts in layers.

    L.U.M.E.’s music combines written composition with improvisation, and reaches from funk to textural music, from boogie woogie to impressionist environments... with a Zappa-esque twist.

    The group includes:

    Marco Barroso (composition, direction, piano)
    Manuel Luís Cochofel (flute) Paulo Bernardino (soprano clarinet) João Pedro Silva (soprano saxophone) Tomás Marques (alto saxophone) Gonçalo Prazeres (tenor saxophone) Gabriela Figueiredo (baritone saxophone) Gileno Santana, João Silva and Ricardo Carvalho (trumpet) Rúben da Luz, Eduardo Lála and Mário Vicente (trombone) Miguel Amado (bass) Vicky Marques (drums)

    With the support of the Portuguese Republic – Culture / Direcção-Geral das Artes.

    • L.U.M.E. (Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble)
    • Marco Barroso director

    Need to know

    Age recommendation/restriction

    Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult

    Dates & times

    Sun 14 Nov, 7.45pm

    Approximate run time: 145 mins.

    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£17.50*
    • Concessions25%**

    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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