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    Nu Civilisation Orchestra with Nubya Garcia: Focus

    Fri 15 Sep, 7.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    £20 ⁠–⁠ £40
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    Musician Nubya Garcia with Peter Edwards of Nu Civilisation Orchestra by a piano.
    Jessica Eliza Ross

    ‘Garcia’s tenor is soulful … with enough controlled brawn in her tone to evoke a touchstone like Sonny Rollins’

    The Guardian

    Tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia performs alongside the 32-piece string orchestra for a show dedicated to the Stan Getz jazz masterpiece, Focus.

    With the orchestra performing the original strings arrangements, Garcia brings a new energy to this seminal jazz recording creating a unique performance – improvising and filling the Royal Festival Hall with her own interpretation of the music.

    Saxophonist Stan Getz was already a heavyweight on the jazz scene with a 25-year career to his name when he approached acclaimed arranger and composer Eddie Sauter for what would become a groundbreaking collaborative piece of work.

    Recognising Getz’ ability to improvise and weave between the music, Sauter composed a suite for a string orchestra and rhythm section, consciously leaving space for Getz to fill.

    ‘Getz and Sauter’s Focus is a truly elegant “third stream” creation,’ says Gary Crosby OBE, co-founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors. It’s ‘the near-perfect balance between jazz and classical music. Nubya’s part will be wholly improvised to capture the spontaneity and musical essence that Sauter’s compositions sought to bring from Getz.’

    Tomorrow’s Warriors alum Nubya Garcia is a multi-award-winning saxophonist who has headlined stages both in the UK and internationally, including a 2021 Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury 2022. Her album Pace was Mercury Prize nominated.

    In the first half of the concert, NCO presents the world premiere of two new works for string orchestra commissioned by Tomorrow’s Warriors, from Black British composers Oleta Haffner and NCO’s Peter Edwards.

    Nu Civilisation Orchestra was founded in 2008 by artistic director Gary Crosby OBE. It’s led by musical director, Peter Edwards. The orchestra has earned a reputation as a shapeshifting, cutting-edge ensemble. Refusing to be bound by genre or scale, it metamorphoses into a new format as each new project is unveiled.

    NCO has performed extensively across the UK, including a BBC Proms debut in 2019, and a national tour in 2021 for a creative exploration of Marvin Gaye’s seminal masterpiece, What’s Going On, five decades after its release.

    At the end of 2022, the Orchestra, featuring ESKA on vocals, embarked on a six-date tour performing Joni Mitchell’s Hejira and Mingus albums.

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    For ages 14+

    Dates & times

    Fri 15 Sep, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 2 hours.
    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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