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Hear and Now - London Jazz Festival 2010 - Matthew Herbert


Ivan Hewett introduces highlights from composer Matthew Herbert's concert at last month's London Jazz Festival. Working with the London Sinfonietta and The Guardian newspaper, Herbert constructed a musical score based on a single edition of a national newspaper - content ranging from international news to recipes, and incorporating the recorded sound of journalists' interviews and the printing of the papers themselves. List of pieces and articles used: (click on Guardian link below to read stories in full) Printing Press Aluminium printing press plates played by Tim Palmer Auction Main section p.33 "Lehman art sale expected to raise £1m from mementos and masterpieces" Eddie Fisher Main section p.37 "Eddie Fisher Obituary" The Guide p.33 "This week's new games: Dead Rising 2" Brick Weekend p.29 "We were looking for a nice, peaceful place near Jerusalem" Weekend p.93 "Let's move to Budleigh Salterton, Devon" Night Drive Review p.20 "The Saturday Poem: Night Drive by Lydia Fulleylove" Family p.4 "Why can't I remember Mum?" Recorded piano introduction by John Taylor The Mirror Travel p.7 "Charleroi: Wish you were here?" Weekend p.24: "The Yangtze: A river wild Looking for a Rhythm Weekend p.15 "Jonathan Franzen: I must be near the end of my career - people are starting to approve" Oil/We're in Love Review p.11 "Oil on water by Helon Habila" Weekend p.99 "On the road: Mitsubishi Shogun Elegance 3.2" Simple Mind Performed by Eska accompanied on paper by the audience Performers: Baldur Brönnimann (conductor) Matthew Herbert (live electronics) Finn Peters (flute/saxophone) Robin Mullarkey (bass) Nick Ram (piano) Tom Skinner (drums) Eska (vocalist) yeastCulture (visuals) Sound Intermedia (sound projection) Rosie Sykes (cooking) Alys Fowler (gardening) Barnaby Smyth (foley artist) Recorded on the 20th November 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall