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Robert Mitchell – Invocation

'There was a conceptual richness to Invocation that would be beyond even the most creative of beings and if the immense intricacy of the composing was commendable then so too was the real soulfulness, the humanity, at its core. The piece will be performed again at the EFG London Jazz Festival and could well be a highlight of the ten-day celebration' (Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise)


To read the full Jazzwise review click here.
For details of Robert's Festival show in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and to book tickets click here.  

RIP Kenny Wheeler

We were all very sad to hear about Kenny Wheeler's death yesterday.

Many of us at Serious treasure memories of Kenny Wheeler’s gorgeous trumpet and
flugelhorn sound and his distinctive compositions. His quintet performance at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, preceded by an equally memorable big band performance at the 2012 Festival, reminded us all that Kenny – for all his gentle modesty – was a massively valued and influential cornerstone of contemporary jazz.

Calling all music and event lovers!

We are seeking 20 on the ball volunteers with an appetite for organisation to work with us on the delivery of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. We are London’s biggest city-wide music festival and bring together established stars and emerging talent, reflecting the traditions of jazz and illustrating its breadth and depth. Our programme is made up of premieres, commissions, one-off collaborations, talks, family events, workshops and a programme of fantastic free events.  

This year there are over 250 events in over 50 venues taking the Festival to venues right across London from Friday 14 – Sunday 23 November 2014.

The role: 
We ask volunteers be available for as much of the festival as possible with a minimum commitment of 4 full days. 

Within this time there are opportunities to volunteer in these three separate areas of the Festival:

Communications – For 2 volunteers to assist the communications team with the Festival information stands, guest lists and press liaison. Must be available during the evenings through the festival.

Development – For 2 volunteers to support the development team in delivering sponsor and supporter receptions, and branding across the Festival.

Production – To assist the production team with backstage catering and artist liaison, airport meet and greets, as well as general running and logistics support. 
 
If you have great face-to-face and verbal communications skills, enjoy being in a busy creative environment and would like to volunteer please email Holly Goodfellow and Bryony Standrig on production2@serious.org.uk with a CV and short covering letter illustrating:

  • Why you would like to volunteer
  • What skills you could bring to the Festival
  • Which days within the Festival you would be available to work
  • Which, if any, specific area of work you are interested in
     

Deadline for applications: 12pm midday on Friday 19 September
Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 26 September
Interviews: Wednesday 8 October
Applications are welcome from those who can demonstrate a significant reason why they would be unable to interview on Wednesday 8 October.
Volunteer briefing: Sunday 2 November
EFG London Jazz Festival 2014: Friday 14 – Sunday 23 November 

Serious is committed to equal opportunities in recruitment and employment, and embraces diversity of all kinds. Appointments are made on merit. We will be able to reimburse the cost of a travelcard and a reasonable evening meal.

The Write Stuff deadline extended!

The deadline for The Write Stuff applications has been extended! Click here to find out more about the initiative, then send your CV and 300-word concert review to learning@serious.org.uk by Tuesday 30 September.

Happy 70th Birthday John Surman

Happy 70th Birthday to John Surman from all of us at Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

We are looking forward to the Surman at Seventy residency at this year’s festival.

Friday 14 November 2014
EFG London Jazz Festival - Surman at Seventy residency
John Surman + Trans4mation Strings + Chris Laurence + Genevieve Lacey

LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)

Surman’s writing for the combination of a terrifically talented string quartet, the richly resonant double bass of Chris Laurence and his own solo improvisations represents a supremely personal approach to chamber music.  In a history stretching back over 15 years, their recordings and performances have entranced listeners and drawn critical acclaim – ‘a total joy; the best record I’ve heard this year’ said Jazzwise of their 2006 CD, The Spaces In Between.

Tonight’s concert will also feature the European premiere of Three Landscapes, a chamber work for strings, saxophones and recorder, written for the Australian recorder virtuoso, Genevieve Lacey.
 

Saturday 15 November 2014
EFG London Jazz Festival - Surman at Seventy residency
John Surman and Bergen Big Band – Another Sky

LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)

Surman’s collaboration with this big band of massive energy and spirit has produced a recording of original music.

Another Sky provides a tremendous setting for the band’s fine range of individual soloists - the emotionally charged alto playing of leader Olav Dale being a special highlight, as are Surman’s own rumbustious excursions on baritone and soprano saxophones.

Bergen Big Band has an impressive pedigree over two decades – a myriad of projects include playing with jazz icons Phil Woods and Joe Henderson, as well as innovative forces such as Maria Schneider, Terje Rypdal and Dino Saluzzi. The massively influential Norwegian singer Karin Krog will join Surman and the band on stage as a special guest.