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

Julian JosephJulian Joseph

The Brown Bomber

Based on the famous ringside battle between African American boxer Joe Louis and German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938, The Brown Bomber brings to life the relationship between two athletes, once adversaries in sport who became friends despite the ideological opposition surrounding them.

Choreographed by Sheron Wray, the Dance Suite is performed by young dancers from the Hackney Music Development Trust and the Julian Joseph Quintet.

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.

Artists
Ross Anderson  trombone  /  Jackson Mathod  trumpet
Patrick Clahar  clarinet  /  Mark Hodgson  bass
Mark Mondesir  drums /  Julian Joseph  piano

 

About Julian Joseph

Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster, Julian Joseph has been a leading figure on the international jazz scene for over two decades.

Julian's musical ideas reflect the eclectic influence of all forms of music in the history of jazz: from classical to rock and pop, everything is relevant. A feature of a Julian Joseph concert is the wide-ranging repertoire of original compositions and arrangements upon which he draws. Challenging and innovative, they are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and, as with all great jazz music, combine his own unique voice with those of his predecessors.

Julian is at home on any stage and in front of any band, whether performing solo, or leading his own trio, quartet, electric band or big band, or with full symphony orchestra. His passion for the music is always palpable, and his desire to communicate that passion compelling.

As well as four albums and a mass of original material for small band, Julian has written a number of large-scale works for big band and symphony orchestra, including The Great Sage for big band and strings premiered at the 2002 London Jazz Festival, Mountain of Hope, The Reverend: Back Home to Glory, A Ballade of Love, Guardian Angel, and an arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for big band, premiered at the 2003 City of London Festival. Two movements of a 5-movement suite for orchestra, Symphonic Story: The Great Exception, have been performed by the Halle and BBC Concert Orchestra. In 2007 Julian toured his first jazz opera, Bridgetower: A Fable of 1807 - the story of young black violin prodigy George Bridgetower in London at the turn of the 19th century, and in 2010 premiered his opera for children, Shadowball, about the American Negro Baseball Leagues in the 1930s and '40s.

 

Sheron Wray

Sheron Wray is an artist whose primary focus is dance. This is often in conjunction with other creative forces, music and technology being key. She is a choreographer, dancer and researcher who takes an exceptional interest in Jazz as a fuelling agent to developing her work and philosophy. This is manifested not only in collaborations and research with combined music and dance outcome, but has led her to innovative uses of new technology that extend the bounds of improvisation to include the audience in spontaneous creativity. 

Sheron was one of the co - founders of ADAD (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora), an organisation dedicated to dissemination and highlighting of work created from an Africanist perspective. She teaches and choreographs for a number of British institutions including the, London Contemporary Dance School, Middlesex University, London Studio Centre, Rambert Dance Company, Royal Ballet School, Dance Arts International, New Adventures and Union. She contributes articles for dance based publications and is often invited to present and chair discussions at Seminars and Conferences.
 

The brown bomber

This performance of The Brown Bomber was recorded by the BBC on 15 July 2012  and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18 August 2012.

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

VIDEO

Julian Joseph and Hackney Music Development Trust

MUSIC MAP

FUNDERS

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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