Nikki Yoeh & NYJO present 'Speechmik X-Ploration'

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Nikki Yeohs seminal multimedia work Speechmik X-Ploration promotes a message of unity and plurality, which remains poignant today. Over a quarter of a century after it was first commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and Bath Festival in 1997, a new reorchestration of the piece will see Yeoh joined on stage by an 18-piece ensemble from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). Inspired by the music of Hermeto Pascoal and his experiments with speech, Yeoh uses an original poem as the central motif. Through the piece the poem is repeated 6 times, in 6 different languages, each masterfully accompanied by Yeoh on piano. The cadence, melodies and rhythms of each interpretation compose a rich tapestry of language and sound on which the ensemble builds, to create an ever-expanding sonic narrative. Complementing this re-interpretation of Speechmik is a brand-new companion piece, Nucleus, especially commissioned by NYJO and dedicated to legendary UK trumpet player and educator, Ian Carr, who was a major influence in Yeohs musical upbringing, as well as a driving force in progressive UK jazz, fronting the jazz-rock band of the same name. The expanded line-up for this performance, including strings and woodwind, shows Yeoh and NYJO re-examining the textural and stylistic boundaries of large ensemble jazz in contemporary UK society.


Enjoy code: 130791
Target groups
Youth, Elderly, Adult
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