Award-winning British trumpeter and composer Mark Armstrongjoins the Oxford University Big Band to bring you a beautiful taleof love, tradition and spirituality - the premiere of his SOLSTICESUITE. The four movement work features lyrics from The Sun Risingand A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day by John Donne, and takes anevocative journey from the summer to winter solstice. Themovements (St John's Fire, An Autumn Storm, The Hunt, and WinterSolstice) vividly allegorize ancient cultural and religioustraditions - pagan rituals, sacrifice, and the re-emergence of theSun - as well as more recent end-of-year customs.
The OUBB is Oxford University's premier jazz ensemble. Itperforms extensively within the UK and regularly toursinternationally, most recently to Barcelona, Spain (2006), Delhiand Mumbai, India (2007), and Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland(2008). It has entertained audiences comprised of everyone fromstudents to British Royalty, and performs repertoire encompassingeverything from classic standards to contemporary and original jazzorchestra material.
Mark Armstrong is one of the most sought-after musicians inBritain today, regularly appearing with Clark Tracey, Stan Tracey,Clare Teal, the BBC Big Band, and at BBC Proms. He is a previouswinner of the BBC Big Band Competition Arranging Prize and currentProfessor of Jazz Trumpet at the Royal College of Music. Theperformance will be conducted by Tanzil Rahman, a recentlyappointed director of the UK's highly acclaimed National Youth JazzOrchestra.