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15 - 24 November 2024


Nu Civilisation Orchestra ft. ESKA presents Joni Mitchell’s Hejira and Mingus

Nu Civilisation Orchestra ft. ESKA presents Joni Mitchell’s Hejira and Mingus

Thu 17 November 2022

Stage time / 7:30pm

Doors / 7:00pm

New Creations


Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX

Tomorrow’s Warriors presents Nu Civilisation Orchestra led by Peter Edwards and featuring ESKA on vocals for this exploration of the music of Joni Mitchell, through her jazz influenced classic album 'Hejira' and her later encounter with the pioneering jazz legend, Charles Mingus. 

With a canon of work including eight studio albums, Mitchell was already established as one of the great voices of her generation by the time she released 'Hejira' in the late autumn of 1976. This was Mitchell embarking on a journey away from her lighter, folk roots towards the freer, jazz-inspired music of her later recordings. By 1978, Mitchell’s move into deeper jazz influences was suddenly pushed further through an unlikely collaboration with one of the most imposing jazz musicians and arrangers ever to take to the stage: Charles Mingus. 

Mitchell’s Mingus took the great man’s compositions as the inspiration for her own lyrics, and she recorded with Jaco Pastorius and members of Weather Report. The result stands as one of the most emotionally intense and unexpected of musical collaborations. 

Entering the lyrically charged vocal realm of Mitchell for these performances is TW alumna ESKA, the London-born British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  The Mercury Prize nominee had already built a reputation as a singer through her work with Grace Jones and Bobby McFerrin, before the launch of her acclaimed eponymous album in 2015 and was described by Gilles Peterson as "one of the most important singers in the UK right now".

Ahead of the performance, we will be hosting a special screening of The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer from 18:15. The film is a result of a collaborative partnership between Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Clod Ensemble, details here

Jazz FM’s Tony Minvielle says:

'A dream threesome of the work of one the worlds supreme singer songwriters, one of the world's great jazz icons, and the talents of the UK's most gifted arranger, Tomorrows Warriors alumni, Peter Edwards. Not forgetting the phenomenally gifted orchestra containing some of the UK's most exciting musicians.'

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