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    Nu Civilisation Orchestra: Hejira and Mingus

    Thu 17 Nov, 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
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    £27.50 ⁠–⁠ £32.50
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    Conductor performs with the Nu Civilisation Orchestra

    Tomorrow’s Warriors presents Nu Civilisation Orchestra, with ESKA on vocals and led by Peter Edwards, in an exploration of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira and her work with Charles Mingus.

    With a canon of work including eight studio albums, Mitchell was already established as one of the great voices of her generation by the time she released Hejira in the late autumn of 1976.

    This was Mitchell embarking on a journey away from her lighter, folk roots towards the freer, jazz-inspired music of her later recordings.

    By 1978, Mitchell’s move into deeper jazz influences was suddenly pushed further through an unlikely collaboration with one of the most imposing jazz musicians and arrangers ever to take to the stage: Charles Mingus. 

    Mitchell’s Mingus took the great man’s compositions as the inspiration for her own lyrics, and she recorded with Jaco Pastorius and members of Weather Report. The result stands as one of the most emotionally intense and unexpected of musical collaborations. 

    Entering the lyrically charged vocal realm of Mitchell for these performances is TW alumna ESKA, the London-born British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 

    The Mercury Prize nominee had already built a reputation as a singer through her work with Grace Jones and Bobby McFerrin before the launch of her acclaimed eponymous album in 2015.

    Gilles Peterson has described her as ‘one of the most important singers in the UK right now’.

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    Age recommendation

    Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult

    Dates & times

    Thu 17 Nov, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 150 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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    • Standard entry£27.50 ⁠–⁠ £32.50*
    • Concessions25%**


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