Event postponed: The Diasporic Quartets

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LSO Discovery: Jerwood Composer+ Showcase

Sat 18 Apr 2020 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

Programme to include:

Philip Herbert new work
Daniel Kidane Foreign Tongues
Dominique Le Gendre Le Génie Humain
Tunde Jegede Quartet No 2 – Reflecting on Beethoven Opus 18 No 2
Interval
Des Oliver The Diasporic Quartets (portraits in four movements) (world premiere)

LSO musicians

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

£5 under-18s tickets available

£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction – click here for more information on booking fees

Part of the 2019/20 season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts.

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Explore the music, ideas and experiences of British-based classical composers from the African diaspora, as composer and filmmaker Des Oliver showcases the music of composers who featured in his landmark online series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence.

Moving through time and place, works for string quartet express each composer’s relationship with heritage and tradition. Inspired by Beethoven’s Op 18 No 2, Tunde Jegede’s second quartet is an authentic synthesis of West African and classical musical traditions. French Caribbean music combined with French classical music and pop suffuse Dominique Le Gendre’s sound-world in Le Génie Humain. Drawing on his Russian and Eritrean heritage, former Jerwood+ composer Daniel Kidane brings elements of grime and urban music to his work, while a newly commissioned work by Philip Herbert finds inspiration in African-American spirituals and English pastoral music.

Completing the concert is Des Oliver’s musical response to the underlying themes of influence, heritage, identity and representation in his new work The Diasporic Quartets. Consisting of four portrait movements, the piece builds on his documentary series, taking inspiration from the music of each composer and their interactions during filming, interspersed with excerpts from the documentary that inspired this concert.

Identity and the Anxiety of Influence was commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection.

About Jerwood Composer+

LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the scheme.

About Des Oliver

Des Oliver studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2015 he participated in the composer-choreographer collaboration funded by the RPS Drummond Fund at Rambert Dance Company. He recently completed his doctorate in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford and is currently the curator for the Oxford Music Faculty's Sounds of South Asia Series. Oliver is also a filmmaker: his curated documentary series Identity and the Anxiety of Influence, commissioned by Sound and Music for the British Music Collection, explores issues surrounding black identity with the breadth of new music produced by BAME composers across the UK.