25 for 25: New Music Matters
The EFG London Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday!
To celebrate the breadth of the jazz scene that we know and love, Serious Trust has launched the '25 for 25' campaign to raise £25,000 towards the commissioning of new music at the 25th Festival and we’d love for you to be part of the journey.
We believe new music matters in order to:
- Engage both rising and established stars to infuse the Festival and wider music scene with fresh and innovative new work
- Provide ongoing talent development opportunities for artists
- Create opportunities for new music in our Learning & Participation programme where innovative work is in constant demand to engage and inspire the next generation
Hear from Peter Edwards, who we commissioned in 2014:
Serious Trust's commitment to commissioning fresh new work which engages a broad range of people is only possible thanks to all of our supporters.
To be part of our ’25 for 25’ campaign, you can donate here or find out more about the different strands of the commissions programme below.
'A timely reminder of where the love of music-making often begins – through chance meetings, faltering beginnings, and inspiring guides.'
We believe that everyone, no matter their age or their background, should have the opportunity to engage with innovative, inspiring new music. Commissions include:
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COOLEST INSTRUMENT IN THE WORLD
Returning to the Festival to engage with guitarists of all ages, this EFGLJF commission will celebrate great guitarists through the ages, run by Chris Montague. More information here.
Including a commission for Seriously Talented artist Trish Clowes
Every year we commission some of the freshest talent on the UK jazz scene to create a brand new show to engage the under-5s and offer exciting ways to encounter jazz in the broadest sense for the first time. More information to follow.
‘I have been inspired to take more risks, and most importantly, I’ve found a new confidence in myself as an artist. With this new wave of optimism, I have begun new collaborations and created new opportunities’
Seriously Talented Commissions
We are committed to offering emerging artists a platform to develop fresh sounds and new collaborations. Commissioned artists announced so far:
DAVE MARIC for PHRONESIS & ENGINES ORCHESTRA Featuring three Seriously Talented alumni artists - Jasper Høiby and Ivo Neame – as two out of the three great musicians who form Phronesis, and Phil Meadows as leader of the Engines Orchestra in a new collaboration featuring music from Dave Maric. Read a review of the first performance of co-commissioned piece Decade Zero here, or about the creative process here.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTEDClub Inégales and its ever-resourceful house band play from a series of one page musical ideas commissioned from 25 artists including a number of Seriously Talented artists for the Festival’s 25th and seen for the first time on the day.
"It’s the way music is going. Genres are coming together. We bring together two things that wouldn’t normally be there...we create the pocket of exploration to find out how that’s going to work."
This year's 25 for 25: New Music Matters programme features commissions from artists at every level of their career.
Beyond box office income, the Festival relies on a broad range of funders to offer such a diverse and inclusive platform for new, forward-thinking music.
We cannot offer these opportunities without additional support from audience members who share our passion for the very best live jazz on today's scene and the next generation of music lovers and music makers.
Serious Trust is a registered charity no 1145535. More information on Serious Trust can be found here.