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A NYJO Nonet Feat. Asha Parkinson @ Kings Lynn Festival 2021
July 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
NYJO are back for 2021 with a post-lockdown energy you don’t want to miss! Watch some of the most talented young jazz musicians in the UK mix a swingin’ rhythm section and a variety of expressive soloists into one of the most thrilling jazz orchestras playing right now.
The band will be kicking off King’s Lynn Festival on the 18th July, with classical recitals and concerts, jazz, talks and walks making up a range of excited for the festivals 70th anniversary exhibition for the month of July. Get yourself down there and celebrate the rich history of the past seven decades of the King’s Lynn Festival!
This performance will feature bespoke arrangements of classic American Songbook melodies by some of NYJO talented alumna from multiple generations. This sharp set-list includes the music of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Charlie Parker, and more!
The band will be joined by the smooth vocals stylings of Freddie Benedict for NYJO’s beautiful reimagining’s of works by The Beatles and Gregory Porter. To close, the concert will explore some contemporary compositions by band leader, saxophonist and guest soloist, Asha Parkinson, who will present the work written for her genre-fusing Kalpadruma project.
Due to restrictions, the band will be limited to a Nonet for this performance.
Guest Soloist, Asha Parkinson
Asha Parkinson is a London-based composer and saxophonist whose work regularly crosses the boundaries between a variety of musical traditions. Asha currently runs the Kalpadruma collective, who explore the connections between contemporary classical, jazz and various world music forms. In its third year, the group has performed at a number of venues, including the London Jazz Festival, the Jazz Sevens Leeds series and Union Chapel. Asha was one of four composers to receive a Breakthrough Commission from Jazz South for a composition bringing together Kalpadruma and members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. Her debut album ‘Onwards’ is scheduled for release in Autumn 2021. Asha recently played an incredible livestream show as part of our NYJO Presents series, which you can watch, in-full, right here!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to restrictions, the band will be performing as a Nonet.