New Music 20x12
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Jason YardeJason Yarde

Skip, Dash, Flow

Composer, producer and saxophonist Jason Yarde and community band Wonderbrass, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012, will perform the composition Skip, Dash, Flow, exploring new world rhythms.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

About Jason Yarde

Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. He composes across various styles (progressive jazz, classical, hip-hop, fusion, free improvisation, broken beats, R&B, reggae, soul, song writing) and for a variety of media (orchestras, chamber ensembles, big band, dance, film, electro-acoustic and midi) and his potential and originality is such that he was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. In 2006 Jason participated in the LSO's Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and has since progressed to be a LSO-UBS Sound Adventures Artist. Most recently his Proms compositional debut Rhythm and Other Fascinations won the first ever BASCA award for Contemporary Jazz Composition in 2010.

He has a BA (Hons) in Performance Arts from Middlesex University - a degree incorporating a year at William Paterson College in New Jersey where he studied orchestration, studio engineering, jazz performance and saxophone under Joe Lovano, Gary Smulyan and Steve Wilson. Since then heʼs been a key member of award winning groups Quite Sane, J-Life and a longtime sideman of Louis Moholo.

As well as composing for his own performance projects – ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC, Trio !WAH! & MY Duo – he has written for dance (JazzX-Change, Phoenix Dance Company, Garth Fagan Dance), music theatre (Jonzi-Dʼs Aeroplane Man), and opera (composing The Big But as part of Tete-a-Tete's Blind Date season). He is also active in the contemporary UK urban scene having written music, lyrics and arrangements for artists such as Julie Dexter and the Mercury Music Prize nominees Terri Walker and rapper Ty.  He has arranged for many groups including Shadow, Kronos Quartet, Plan B, Guy Barker and Hugh Masekela in collaboration with both Jazz Jamaica All Stars and with the London Symphony Orchestra. Other work in this area includes the critically acclaimed Future Sounds of Jazz project which featured many of the leading lights of the British jazz scene and his collaboration with Grime producer DaVinChe on the arrangements for the ground-breaking Urban Classic – a project which featured some of the UKʼs most exciting Grime artists and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood.

 

Wonderbrass

WonderbrassWonderbrass are a 25+ strong 'explosion of sound' from Cardiff, bringing a mixture of New Orleans jazz, ska, funk and fun to audiences nationwide.

The band is led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Smith and top drummer Mark O’Connor and provides an inclusive, creative and dynamic approach to making music that inspires both the musicians and audiences alike; embracing a wide variety of styles and performing in venues of every size all over the country - from the contemporary hip-hop and funk updates, the groovy township beat of Abdullah Ibrahim and even the coeval pop of Lady Gaga and Madonna.

From their humble beginnings as a ten week workshop in the South Wales Valleys in 1992, Wonderbrass have moved from strength to strength over the last twenty years, working with prolific artists such as South Africa’s Amampondo, Claude Deppa, the illustrious King Django and now, for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, top jazz composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde. Showcasing his composition Skip, Dash, Flow, Yarde has created an exciting, dynamic work that takes audiences and players alike on a cultural voyage, following the Olympics from its previous venue in Beijing, through London in 2012 and on to the next port of call, Rio de Janeiro. Of the 19 other musical groups selected, Wonderbrass is the only Welsh organisation to be chosen to participate.

 

Skip dash flow

The performance of Skip, Dash, Flow by Wonderbrass was recorded by the BBC at Globe Cardiff on 21 February 2012, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 May 2012.

The work is available on NMC in mp3 and FLAC formats. (See below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason Yarde and Wonderbrass

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FUNDERS

Special thanks to the Arts Council of Wales for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

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