Matthew Herbert Big Band
Electronic jazz - Club jazz
Dani Siciliano (vocals); Martin Williams (saxophones); Pete Wraight (conductor); Matthew Herbert (electronics); Adam Linsley (trumpet); Gordon Campbell (trombone); Phil Parnell (piano); Russel Swift (bass); Steve Smith; Andrew Cook, Bob McKay, Brian Beverage, Chris Cole, Dave O'Higgins, Howard McGill, John Higginbotham, Marciano Bryan, Seymour Nurse, Simon Lenton, Simon Niblock, Stuart Brooks, Trevor Mires.
Sun 13 July 2003 18:30 - 19:45 Roof Terrace
In the Future XXL program on the roof terrace, big bands face the challenge by mixing authentic big band music with samples and electronics. New techniques in the fields of computers and sampling will be used to open up the music in all aspects and to create a new musical vocabulary. The English and Scandinavian dance scene has brought forth pioneers like Matthew Herbert and Jimi Tenor. Sound artist Herbert is known for his unexpected stunts, like breaking CDs or using shards of glass. He then records and subsequently samples these sounds. His newest project is titled Matthew Herbert Big Band and that is exactly what it is: a traditional big band in combination with Herbert behind a laptop, drum computer and sample machine. The result of this experiment was recorded on the recently released CD Goodbye Swingtime, which was recorded in the Abbey Road Studios, with contributions from guests like vocalist Arto Lindsay and sax player Dave O'Higgins. It is a politically oriented album, and after the recordings Herbert gave it another complete overhaul in his own studio. Herbert makes it his mission to go in search of original sounds for his music, preferably created live on stage - as he has previously demonstrated at the Drum Rhythm Festival and at North Sea Jazz in Cape Town. Herbert composes according to strict principles he has compiled in his 'Personal Contract For The Composition Of Music' which can be perused on his website. These are so-called rules to which every musical piece must comply in terms of originality and singularity, according to Herbert. The reuse of previously used sounds is strictly prohibited!