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London Sinfonietta welcomes back Marius Neset and four of his inspiring jazz musicians for the third new work for jazz quintet and ensemble, following the critical success and award winning projects Viaduct (2018) and Snowmelt (2016). 

Marius says about the new work: 'In the beginning of the composing process Geyser, as a title for the composition, came to me as I found it was a great metaphor for the music that I was writing; melodic and rhythmic motifs that evolve, creating ever bigger tension and pressure with regularly repeating eruptions, just like the water shooting out from an Icelandic Geyser fountain. During the compositional process the world around us changed though within one day! It was impossible not to be affected by the terrible war in Ukraine. From that day onwards the music changed direction. I also started to re-write some of the earlier parts. And now the title gave even more meaning to me as it reflects how fast life can change from one day to another.'

Championed by mentor and legendary jazz musician Django Bates, Neset has gained international success with his jazz quintet and performances at London’s acclaimed jazz venue Ronnie Scotts. Together the unique energy of Neset’s live performance and the world-class contemporary classical ensemble London Sinfonietta create a live experience unlike any other. Conducted by Geoffrey Paterson.

“Late Saturday night, playing with the London Sinfonietta, Neset further cemented his place among the elite of European jazz through bringing together improvised and composed music in such an exciting way” London Jazz News, September 2022

Production overview

Duration: 65’
Orchestration: 1/picc.1.1/bass.1.  + Marius Neset’s jazz quintet + amplification = 19 LS players + jazz quintet + conductor + sound engineer
Neset’s Quintet usually consists of: Ivo Neame (piano), Jim Hart (vibes/marimba/percussion), Conor Chaplin (bass), Anton Eger (drums) 
Usually performed with: conductor Geoffrey Paterson
Music: Unpublished to date
Premiere: 3rd September 2022 at the BBC PROMS, London

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Please contact London Sinfonietta CEO & Artistic Director Andrew Burke for more information.

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