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BBC Concert Orchestra with Dinosaur and Daniel Herskedal

Saturday 19 November 2016, 4.30pm

LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall


As part of the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival, this concert brings the BBC Concert Orchestra together with two of the finest young European jazz talents in an afternoon melding new jazz sounds with rich orchestral colours, Laura Jurd and her band Dinosaur and Norwegian Tuba player / composer Daniel Herskedal.

For both artists, this if their first opportunity to composer for large scale orchestra. Utilising the full sonic possibilities offered by one of the world’s great concert halls and orchestras, this concert features specially commissioned works from Laura Jurd and Daniel, both their respective pieces will feature with long standing bands promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

Daniel is excited by the opportunity offered by this unique concert:

“This is my very first symphonic work. I’ve wanted to compose for orchestra for a long time, so the opportunity the BBC Concert Orchestra and EFG London Jazz Festival has given me is highly appreciated.”

Daniel has composed four suitably epic pieces for his first symphonic collaboration:

“New World’s Voyage” takes the listener aboard a caravel in a very optimistic and hopeful voyage. “Whale Ceremony” invokes the feeling of sailing among hundreds of dancing whales. “Following The Light Of Sun, We Left The Old World” is a Christopher Colombus quote. Dhow is a traditional arabic ship, and “Dancing Dhow Deckhands” is based on the arabic schales Hijaz and Hijaz Kar.”

Laura Jurd’s commission entitled ‘Alt Punk’Alt. Punk

Alt. Punk is the inevitable sonic reaction of British trumpet player and composer, Laura Jurd – BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17 – to post-referendum,’Brexit’ Britain, written during and after the June 2016 political campaign. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3, first performed during the EFG London Jazz Festival 2016, the piece explores the punk, anti-establishment language of the electric guitar and translates this to the realm of the orchestra. At times this is achieved harmonically, but is mainly highlighted in energy and spirit. Propelled by UK electric-jazz band, Dinosaur, the piece is the result of Jurd’s groove-led writing for her fellow improvisers as they meet the sonic and harmonic possibilities opened up by the orchestral forces. Whilst there are moments of rage and angst, hope remains.

This concert will take place on Saturday 19 November 2016, 4.30pm at Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall

LAURA JURD trumpet, composer

Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years. Her band Dinosaur, is one of the most vital and creative new ensembles in the UK today. Described by All About Jazz as a musician who ‘embraces melody, harmony and groove as much as she provokes with blasts of dissonance and gutsy angularity’, it is her ability to combine the sweet with the abrasive, the soothing with the fiery, that makes her music so compelling. In 2015 Laura received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ and in the past has been shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award, received the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. In Sept 2016, Laura released Dinosaur’s debut album ‘Together, As One’ to critical acclaim from the international press.

Artist Website www.laurajurd.com


“…this beautifully played and effortlessly confident collage of contemporary styles.” THE GUARDIAN (UK) ★★★★★ 5 STARS

“Apparently there’s a jazz revival going on! Here’s Dinosaur… let’s just call it social music.”  BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC GILLES PETERSON (UK/INTERNATIONAL)

“This band are going to be huge…” JEZ NELSON, SOMETHIN’ ELSE (UK)

“…one of Britain’s fastest rising jazz stars, a twenty-something composer and musician with a love of punk and Miles Davis…” JANE CORNWELL, LONDON EVENING STANDARD (UK)

DANIEL HERSKEDAL tuba, composer

Nowegian composer and Tuba Player defies all conventions and preconceptions what a is possible as a soloist on the tuba. He is adept with a masters voice in creating vast palettes of colours and exquisite tone in his music.

Since releasing Slow Eastbound Train with his trio and string orchestra, he has developed an instantly recognisable voice.  Released in Feb 2015, this sublimely beautiful album rose his profile to new heights prompting international touring as well as a 26min commission from BBC Concert Orchestra which was performed at London Jazz Festival in 2016.

Artist Website  www.danielherskedal.com


‘Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal is nothing short of a miracle, which is mainly brought about by his perfect mastery of the instrument’. JAZZENZO

“…a formidable album, and a highlight in an album career that certainly hasn’t peaked yet.” JAZZ IN NORGE, Terje Mosnes

‘Daniel Herskedal has established a reputation for radiant eloquence and flawless virtuosity… his broadening palette is becoming a very inviting one’ John Fordham, THE GUARDIAN